10. Create Your Own Price-Protection SystemDeal search engines
such as RetailMeNot.com
and social sites like BeatThat
are great at finding the best prices before you buy, but PriceProtectr.com
and similar services will save you money afterward by monitoring over 130 stores that have price-protection policies. If the price goes down after your purchase, that store might owe you money, but knowing whether the price went down is the trick. You can take advantage of price guarantees by going to RefundPlease.com
, or track items on your wish list by using the free Amazon Price Watch software
. Travel sites like Farecast
also have price-protection systems and e-mail alerts for when prices reach a certain low point.