It’s New Tool Tuesday! And I’m pretty excited about this one because it’s already saved me money. Boo YA.
These days, my online wish lists are made up of baby items. Because these kids are freaking EXPENSIVE, as it turns out. I’ve had two amazing baby showers that have helped tremendously, but there are still a few items on my must-get list. I’ve done a few things already to help save on my purchases:
- I joined Amazon Prime, and I get free 2-day shipping on most items
- I hoard Babies ‘R’ Us and Bed Bath and Beyond coupons because they can be used at Buy Buy Baby
- I’ve NOT bought anything that I didn’t think would help me in the first month post-partum
- I’ve made friends who donate their gently used items to me*
And my new trick? Camel Camel Camel. It’s a price tracking tool that lets you enter in items on a watch list, set your price alert and find out when certain items drop.
For example, I’ve been looking for a Rock ‘N’ Play for months on Amazon, Craigslist and in used baby item stores. I never found one in decent condition, near me, for under $60. Until Camel Camel Camel.
$55 and with Prime, no shipping costs for me. BOOM.
Camel Camel Camel lets you track several online storefronts, including Amazon, BackCountry.com, Best Buy, NewEgg.com and zZounds.com. It’s free and pretty simple to set up. We are also looking for a new Monster surge protector, since ours failed this weekend. So I set up alerts on Best Buy and Amazon.
You can also take a look at the pricing history of an item, see the top daily drops, etc. (which is VERY cool when you’re just looking for baby products, like me).
Sometimes the user interface is a bit weird — when I plugged in the Amazon URL of the Rock ‘N’ Play I wanted, it didn’t find anything but typing in the name of the product without the Web address did work.
Also, the system lets you get notified by email AND Twitter, and I never received my Twitter alert (unless it looked like spam and I zapped it!).
I think this is a great tool when you can afford to be patient and wait. I would have waited another five or six weeks for that Rock ‘N’ Play but the Monster surge protector is a bit more of an urgent need, so I may not be able to wait out its price drop.
*OK, I didn’t make these friends just to save money — that would be too mercenary. I just happen to have some of the most generous friends in the world, who are the same pants sizes as me and also have girls.
(No sponsored post here…just a cool website I found and wanted to pass on.)