Technology has made saving money so much easier.
Twitter, in particular, has been a godsend. You no longer have to scour newspapers, sign up for email newsletters or keep an eye out for sales to know exactly when to get the best price.
If you’re following the right Twitter accounts, the deals will come to YOU.
These accounts share deals from retailers like Nike, Amazon, Walmart and more, so you’re buying from sites you know and trust, and you can rely on the retailer’s quality and return policy.
Plus, since you’re just following these accounts on Twitter, you don’t have to pay any membership fees or make any pre-purchases to access the deals. All you need is a Twitter account to get the up-to-the-minute information and savings.
Here are some of my favorite Twitter accounts that help you save money on sneakers, electronics, cooking utensils, bedding and so much more.
— Fat Kid Deals (@FatKidDeals) June 7, 2016
@FatKidDeals is hands down one of Twitter’s best accounts for saving money.
It shares a staggering number of daily sales and discounted items from Amazon.
You can save on laundry detergent, baby wipes, office furniture, headphones and almost anything else you can think of.
@SlickDeals consider itself “the largest & best community driven deal sharing site for deals and coupons” -- and it’s earned its reputation.
A month ago, I was in the market for a brand-new television. Within a week of my search, @SlickDeals posted a link from Walmart for a refurbished 55-inch TV for $350. The MSRP value was over $300 more!
This account often shares deals from Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.
— Sneaker Steal (@sneakersteal) June 7, 2016
There was a time when buying sneakers was a real challenge.
The variety and options were limited, and you had an even smaller opportunity to buy sneakers at a discounted price if you didn’t live in a major city.
@SneakerSteal changed all that. The tagline for the account is “steals, not deals,” and it’s true. Sales can range from 25% to even 50% off the original MSRP, and you’ll also see frequent free shipping deals.
Look for great Nike deals from @SneakerSteal.
@KicksDeals is “the #1 source for deals on sneakers.”
Its motto is for buyers to “never pay full retail,” whether you’re a sneaker collector or just looking for a new pair of gym shoes. This account shares deals on Nike, Adidas and Asics footwear.
About a year ago, I wanted to get back into my fitness goals and was in desperate need of a new pair of running shoes. Rather than going to Footaction or Foot Locker, I shopped around on KicksDeals.
I ended up buying a pair of running shoes for about 30% less than the same pair I saw at brick-and-mortar stores.
— DealsPlus (@DealsPlus) June 7, 2016
@DealsPlus discounts can get as high as 60%-70% off retail prices. It shares deals from a ton of retailers, such as at Best Buy, Sears and NewEgg.
If an item is available in more than one place, @DealsPlus will include several options for you to choose from.
For example, the account recently featured a sale for a refurbished 11.6” MacBook Air. It highlighted the listing on eBay, where the MacBook sold for $499. But at the bottom of the post, you could see Newegg’s $650 price tag for the same computer.
@9to5Toys is a dream come true for those of us looking to buy discounted electronics.
I tend to have the “dropsies” when it comes to cell phones. When I purchased a new one earlier this year, I decided to protect my investment by buying a phone case. I expected to pay around $30, but @9to5Toys had cases on sale for a fraction of the price!
Look for deals on gadgets and gizmos from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Apple.
— Kinja Deals (@KinjaDeals) June 7, 2016
Gawker Media’s commerce team curates @KinjaDeals, which highlights “the best deals on the internet.”
The commerce team looks for deals its readers will find useful, from electronics to clothing, from major retailers like Amazon.
They also take user submissions, though the team filters these before sharing to avoid “deals that require legwork (physical or digital), deals that require paid memberships or specific credit cards, deals that are based entirely on rebates, or anything preceded by 'YMMV.'”
In addition to its “daily deals,” @KinjaDeals occasionally publish blog posts rounding up “the best deals we’ve seen on [X]” to help you get the biggest bang for your buck.
Your Turn: What Twitter accounts do you follow for great deals on your favorite items?
Garfield N. Hylton, J.D., is the Editor-In-Chief at Abernathy Magazine and a writer at The Smoking Section. When he’s not hiding from either of those responsibilities, he enjoys reading graphic novels on his tablet.