While Groupon and LivingSocial are great for shopping for special deals, good old fashioned coupons and sales can still save you big money if you pay attention. The Web site Slickdeals catalogs sales on everything from TVs to travel packages, and there's even more to be found on the site's forums. That's where deal-hounds go to discuss and post hot deals, both for online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.
Ferreting out deals online is just the first step, though. To really save money, look into extreme couponing. The TV show dedicated to this practice follows people who use loads of coupons to get products for free or even make money with their purchases. The trick is stacking or "layering" coupons to combine multiple deals into mega savings. Extreme couponing takes work, but mastering the basic skills will help you save loads of money on basics like groceries and household products.
A big part of couponing comes down to buying in bulk, which is a handy tip on its own. Don't want to deal with the effort of hunting down coupons? Buy in bulk at stores like Costco, or shop online for your basic needs at retailers like Amazon, who regularly sell at a discount or offer killer sales.