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I’m taking a break from regular programming today (Mission: Appliances), deal-chasr-logoto announce a great new site, called DEAL Chasr. The reason I’m taking time to announce this new website is because (shameless plug alert) it’s my husband’s! He is not only a lover of deals, but is also an expert computer whiz.  To summarize its function in a sentence, DEAL Chasr was born out of a desire to identify and capitalize on price drops on Amazon.com.

Amazon.com is an Internet shopper’s dream: it sells pretty much everything, boasts low prices, and offers an option for free shipping on most orders. However, if you’ve spent any time on Amazon, it won’t take you very long to notice that prices change constantly. DEAL Chasr chases down significant price drops as soon as they happen, allowing frugal shoppers (like us!) to cash in on some great deals.

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Case in point, last week I was shopping for a birthday present for my brother. Even though DEAL Chasr wasn’t live yet, my husband and I were still monitoring it as we were making some final changes (I helped with design). I noticed that one of my brother’s favorite TV shows, Nip/Tuck, was being identified as an “amazing deal” by DEAL Chasr. The price was now listed at $23.99 and it had previously been listed (for some time) at $48.99.  I capitalized and bought him Season 3.  Brother, if you are reading this, I hope you liked your gift!

To say the least, I’m very excited about this new site! If you’d like to learn more about it, there is a helpful FAQ. Be sure to stop by frequently because deals change constantly. There’s also a handy option to subscribe via feed.

Happy deal searching! 🙂

2010 Update: DEAL Chasr now offers a very cool Ultimate Guide to Buying and Reselling Online if you are interested in not only finding great deals, but making a little extra money on the side!

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With only 34 days until December 25, it’s probably good to start thinking about what you might want for Christmas. Yes, that’s right, I said YOU. I’m not trying to sound selfish or anything, because in my opinion Christmas should be more about giving than receiving. christmas-presents However, we’ve all been asked some time or another, “What do YOU want for Christmas?” and we’re no help if we don’t have a good answer.

With weddings or baby showers, there are convenient gift registries we can use to help our friends and families find a gift for us that we desire. After my husband and I used Amazon’s gift registry for our wedding, I wasn’t quite ready to leave it behind. I loved the concept! The first Christmas after we got married, his parents wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas. Then my parents wanted to know. Then my brother needed ideas. You can see where this is going. But Amazon’s registry, although great for our wedding, wasn’t exactly the perfect fit for my Christmas wish list.

Registries through specific companies or stores are inherently restrictive because you can only register for their products and your friends and family are forced to buy that product only through that store. Enter Kaboodle, a catch-all sort of gift wish list in which you can “collect information from anywhere on the web [and] put it into a Kaboodle list that you can share with others.” No restrictions, anything goes. That’s why I’ve used Kaboodle for my Christmas wish list for the last 2 years. And I’d like to share with you today why I love it.

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Here’s the deal

Like any gift registry, you simply create an account and start a new list. But the unique thing about Kaboodle is that you can add products from anywhere on the web! kaboodle-siteWhen you sign up for an account, you have the option to get some handy Kaboodle buttons to add to your browser so that whenever you encounter something you are interested in, you can easily add it to your list by pressing that button. Once the product is added, you can describe it or leave any comments or notes for your friends or family to read. Your list has a unique URL that you can share with others. When someone visits your list, they may decide to ‘reserve’ one of your items. You can choose a setting that prevents you from seeing whether a product has been reserved or not, leaving some element of surprise. After someone reserves an item, they have the freedom to buy the item from anywhere they want, online or offline, including the store you originally found it in. The only thing Kaboodle does after this point is remove that item from the list so that others will not buy it as well. Easy as pie!

Pros

  • Interface is easy to use
  • Service is free
  • Community feature: people you know can create lists too and add you as a ‘friend’
  • You can add products from anywhere on the web (highly flexible)
  • People can buy your desired gifts from anywhere they want (better chance to find the best price)
  • Option to keep reservation status a secret
  • In addition to adding actual products from real stores, you can add ‘generic’ items like, “I want a chain saw”
  • You can use Kaboodle for more than just wish lists, like collecting favorite restaurants or showing off your collection of designer purses

Cons

  • Every so often (pretty infrequently) adding a product doesn’t always work right the first time (title or picture is wrong, or it’s altogether the wrong item)

Help your loved ones save time and money when they buy you gifts this holiday season

The reason I love Kaboodle from an organizational perspective is because of how easy it is to make a comprehensive, flexible list that offers people the chance to shop for the best price they can find. Plus, you can keep your Kaboodle list all year long and add stuff whenever you see it! No more last-minute ideas for you to come up with and no more last-minute frustrated shopping for your loved ones. I give Kaboodle a thumbs up!!

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