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Last week, I touted the virtues of and the vast array of household products they offer for sale at reasonable prices. One potential downside of buying from is often the items are sold in bulk, like Sam’s Club or Costco. That may be what you want in some cases but not in others. Another option in those cases where you only want a certain quantity is¬† Alice offers thousands of household products for sale ranging from health & beauty to medicine to just about anything you would use in your home. It’s a marketplace but not a retail store. The items for sale come direct from the manufacturer and are shipped from a midwest distribution center, thereby eliminating the “middle man”. In my experience, price are competitive with any of the major retailers but this is all dependent on pricing trends, economic climate and manufacturer incentives.

Shipping via UPS Ground is always free but there is minimum order of 6 items. There is no minimum dollar amount per order. Tax is collected based on your shipping zip code. Customer service can be reached via a number of ways – phone, email, live chat, etc. All the major credit cards as well as Paypal are acceptable methods of payment. They also accept returns within 30 days of an order.

The website is intuitive and really easy to navigate. There are a number of search options such as by brand, each room of your house, recently added, and most popular. Within each of those searches, you can customize and order your search results by price, coupon amount, alphabetical, etc. You pretty much control how you want to search and what you want to search for, from very broad results to very specific. Manufacturers do offer coupons which are noted on both the product page and any search you choose to perform. No scissors needed! Any available coupons are graphically visible next to the product image and are automatically deducted in your shopping cart.

Here is a review written shorty after the website launched which goes into more detail and even includes a referral offer. Free to sign up and free shipping. Items arrive on your doorstep a few days after you place an order. is another cost effective and ultra convenient shopping resource. I have placed numerous orders with and every experience has been completed 100% to my satisfaction.



Groupon is a rapidly growing company and their name has started to spread nationwide. If you haven’t heard of them, think of Groupon as sort of like a mass coupon company. They offer daily discounts to merchants at the local, national and even international level.

Companies will offer their discounts through Groupon but usually with a stipulation that a minimum number of buyers have to purchase the discount before it goes into effect. There is also a maximum so if you see a deal you want, don’t hesitate to purchase it. Sign up is free at the Groupon website and there is no obligation. If you decide to purchase a Groupon, all you have to do is confirm and pay for it. Then Groupon will alert you via email when your Groupon is ready to print or if it’s on online offer, a coupon code will be given (check the conditions to see if it’s in store or online). I’ve never seen a Groupon without an expiration date (like most coupons) so keep that in mind.

When you do sign up, your Groupon page will list any current offer(s) from a local company. Some are small companies trying to get their name out there and create business. Others are large and well known such as today’s Groupon for Bath & Body Works. Some Groupons are advertised in other parts of the country but can be purchased by anyone if the company does e-commerce. An example of this was when Groupon offered a 16″ x 20″ gallery wrapped canvas for $45 from Canvas on Demand earlier this month. Regular price was $126.95. This offer only showed up for Washington DC but anyone could purchase this Groupon. I typically find out about these offers at Slick Deals.

Groupon doesn’t look to be going away any time soon. Google recently tried to buy the company for a reported $6 billion. After being turned down, Google recently launched “Google Offers” which might provide some competition to Groupon. Other companies vying for the “group buying” business that Groupon started include Living Social and BuyWithMe. They have a ways to go to reach Groupon’s status and outreach at this point in time.

I recently used a Groupon I had purchased in December for a local mexican restaurant. Never hurts to score some points with the spouse by taking her out to dinner! We had never been to this restaurant and probably wouldn’t have if it were not for the Groupon. But I decided to give it a try as it only cost me $10 for a $25 voucher. I had no issues using my printed Groupon and the experience and food were both very good.

I highly recommend checking Groupon’s site regularly and taking advantage of their offers when the right one for you comes along.



Slick deals

Let’s say you are going to be in the market for a new lawnmower in the near future. You might start by scouring the Sunday ads looking at some sales and trying to figure out whether to buy or wait and wondering if what you’re seeing is a good price. In addition to this research, how would you like an email alerting you to a deal on a lawnmower. You can get all the details about the lawnmower, see what other deal hunters have to say about it and decide for yourself. It’s like having people you don’t know do some of the legwork for you. In this scenario, you could very well end up with what you want and you’ll probably save money in the process. Sounds good, right? Please read on…

Interested in browsing or hunting for the latest greatest deals? If your answer to this question is yes and if you aren’t heading over to on a regular basis, you need to start. This site has thousands of users who submit outstanding finds from all over the net. The best deals find their way on the front page.

They have several forums but my favorite is the “hot deals” one. It’s constantly being updated with posts and comments from various users. A great feature is the thumbs up / thumbs down rating system so if you are in a hurry, you can quickly glance at some of the highest rated deals.



A time saving tool I take advantage of regularly is called deal alerts. Here you have the ability to set up keywords in the forums which can alert you via email or private message (or both) whenever your keyword is entered into the title of a deal. Want the notification instantly? No problem. Want it only on a daily basis? You have that option. You also have the flexibility of alerting you only if the deal meets a minimum rating. Also an expiration date is available if you only want to be alerted for a certain length of time.

Let’s look at that lawnmower example. If you aren’t already a member, go over to and become one. Then add a deal alert for the word “lawnmower”. Set it up to notify you via email instantly. You want to know about every lawnmower deal so set it for no minimum rating. While you are waiting for that alert to hit, do a forum search for lawnmower to see past and current postings. There might be a deal out there right now! Eventually you will get an email saying a deal alert for your keyword has matched the following thread and a link will be provided. You see that Sears has lowered the price of a Craftsman lawnmower and all the details are usually provided in the deal thread so you can determine if this is the one for you. Let’s say you pass on that one and later that same day somebody has posted that Home Depot has put a few lawnmowers on clearance. You can click over, check it out and decide.

Let’s say your favorite store is the Gap and you want to know about every deal regarding this store. Set up a keyword for Gap and you will start receiving notification of every deal that has Gap in the title. You won’t miss another store-wide sale.

Another cool feature that Slick Deals recently added is their live page. If you just want to see deals as they come in, this page will automatically refresh to show the latest posts, deals and ratings. When I’m bored or have nothing to do (rarely), I’ll glance over at this page.

Other interesting forums include a coupons one, freebies and giveaways, and contests and sweepstakes along with a number of others. You can even search for online coupon codes by merchant name. There is really a ton of great information at this site and it has saved me a bunch of coin over the years.

If you have any questions about the site or how something works, please let me know. Conversely, if you have any tips on making it a better experience, I’d like to hear ’em.