Tech Talk – Find online discounts
Dear Ernie,My New Years resolution is to pinch pennies whenever and wherever possible. What are the best online deal finders, price comparators and product search engines?Signed,Pinching PennyDear Penny,Online bargain shoppers rejoice! Ive compiled a sampling of some of my online favorite discount diviners.Deal Finder FundamentalsThe basic premise behind the deal search engines is this: Enter the product you are shopping for with a suggested price point and the site returns with the best deals. Some notable sites of this genre include: BeatMyPrice.com, GotoDaily.com and FreeShipping.org.Price Drop NotifiersLike a devoted sales clerk who calls you when the killer leather jacket youve been eyeing goes onto the half-off rack, price drop notifiers monitor the pricing on your selected items. When the item goes on sale, the service will contact you via email. While they all promise to not share the email address or use it inappropriately, some users may prefer to set up a spare free web mail account, i.e. Gmail. Some good price watcher sites include ShoppingNotes.com, ZingSale.com and SavvyCircle.com.iPhone App Favorite iSloshed?Wondering if youre too tipsy to drive? Once again, its iPhone to the rescue. There are several downloadable iPhone applications that can test your sobriety through blood-alcohol calculators and balance tests. Understandably, some are more trustworthy than others just like your friends at the bar. Here are four iPhone sobriety check applications that range in price from 99 cents to $2.99: RU Drunk, BarHopper, Drunkulator and Drink Timer. Although nothing beats good common sense when it comes to imbibing, these apps can help to keep you safe and legal.Readers share tips and questions: Have a great tech tip that youd like to share? Post it on the Sierra Sun online sites comments section. Kings Beach resident Ernie Dambach is a self-admitted computer geek who enjoys helping others navigate their way through the digital world. His computer and networking company Tahoe Tech Group serves small and medium businesses, as well as the home computer users throughout the Tahoe Truckee region. Log onto http://www.TahoeTechGroup.com, or call (530) 550-0999.
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