New Google Tool Alerts You to Price Drops

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A new Google tool promises to alert you when the price drops on an item you want to buy.

Let’s say you are looking for a pair of winter gloves. Go to Google and type in “winter gloves.”

Then, when the search results come up, click on the “Shopping” tab. If you find something you like — in our case, a specific pair of gloves — click the item. The option to “Track Price” will appear. Simply turn it on to be notified via your phone when the price drops.

One thing to note: We tried this on a smartphone, and it worked beautifully. However, when we tried it on a computer, the price-alert option did not appear.

Google says that within a few weeks, you will be able to receive price alerts via email if you prefer.

The new price alert tool is part of an overhaul of the Google Shopping service. According to Google:

“The new homepage is personalized so you see useful product suggestions, as well as sections that help you reorder common items or continue your shopping research. And when you’re ready to buy, you can choose to purchase online, at a nearby store, or directly from retailers on Google.”

More ways to save when shopping

Google’s new price-drop tool offers just one way to save every time you buy something online. But there are many others.

As we note in “5 Ways to Save Money on Every Online Purchase,” buying through a rebate site also can help you keep more coins in your pocket:

“If you’re buying online, make your purchase through a rebate or ‘cash-back’ site. These sites often offer an additional 3% or 4% off your purchase. You’ll pay the full amount when you buy, but receive the discount back in the form of a rebate.”

Even at dollar stores, you can squeeze out a few additional pennies of savings by employing a few smart shopping strategies. For example, contrary to popular belief, you can use coupons at many dollar stores, as we detail in “7 Ways to Save Even More at Dollar Stores.”

How do you save when shopping? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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