Technology is an exceptional ally on the road to financial recovery. The internet is filled with great tools for budget conscious shoppers. These are sites that you should bookmark.
Price Comparison sites
PriceCheck is the best South African site for comparing prices. The site lists products, ranging from beauty products to electronics, and everything in between. When shopping for new appliances or gadgets, PriceCheck is a handy tool to compare the prices from various suppliers before making your decision.
Kompare is another great price comparison site launched in early 2014. The site allows you to compare the pricing of products in categories like Electronics, Computers, Health, Beauty, Sports and a few others.
According to the ShopMania website, their goal is “to offer a unique shopping experience and help shoppers make smart and informed purchasing decisions”. This is exactly what price comparison sites are about. If you are a true budget shopper, you will probably use all the price comparison sites mentioned here before purchasing a high-value item.
Guzzle is a site where retailers upload their specials and promotional flyers. You can find the latest specials from retailers like Game, Musica, PEP, Makro, and a variety of others.
Find Specials is the partner site of Find Baby and Find Auctions. Similar to Guzzle, they specialise in listing catalogues and promotional flyers. They have an impressive variety of retailers listed on their site. Updated catalogues include stores like Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite, Woolworths, Game, Makro, Cell C and Dis-Chem.
Any cash-conscious individual should be comfortable with using sites like Gumtree. Gumtree is South Africa’s largest online classifieds site. Similar to classifieds in a newspaper, it allows people to buy and sell (mostly) second hand goods. As with any classifieds system, just make sure you are safe when trading and avoid scams.
OLX is another popular free classifieds site. A classifieds site or publication is always a good place to look for things like used appliances, services or properties to rent.
This is the online extension of the popular printed classifieds magazine sold in South Africa since 1992. Junkmail is also a great marketplace to shop for everything from services to accommodation. Motoring in particular is a popular category on the Junkmail site.
Bidorbuy is a great site to buy and sell goods. The large appeal lies in the bidding feature, which allows you to bid on the items that you want to purchase. You will be surprised at the amazing gems you can pick up here at bargain prices.
The Justplay website runs multiple competitions at a time, with prizes ranging from shopping gift cards to cars. All you have to do to enter is answer a few questions relating to a specific brand or service. Entries do not cost money. You get a number of entries per day, but you can increase your chances by inviting friends to play.
The name says it all. Cheapflights.co.za helps you compare the pricing of flights and hotels, both locally and internationally. There are a number of sites that help you compare flight tickets, but this is probably one of the best.
Budgeting and saving
This is one of our favourite sites. 22seven is a website, with a free supporting app, from Old Mutual. It helps you to manage your budget. The 22seven website allows you to link all your bank accounts and monitor your spending behaviour. You can generate decent reports showing you where your hard-earned cash disappears to.
Of course, we can’t have a list of websites every budget shopper should use without listing our own Counting Coins! It is the place to come to for all your money-saving life hacks.