How To: Find The Best Deals for Anything and Everything

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After stumbling upon Lifehacker's recent post about the top 5 places to find deals online, we got to thinking about compiling our own list with our readers. Especially with all them brick and mortar stores all looking for a piece of our buck this holiday season, there's no better time to start learning about online deal hunting than now. We've compiled a short list of what we consider to be the most reliable sources in deal hunting today. So, here it is, enjoy!

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First, bookmark the our top picks for best forum-based deal websites:

Not only do we religiously hunt those forums almost daily for the next big price mistake and unbelievable coupon stacking methods, but they're a joy to read when it comes to sarcastic forum humor. Follow them as much as we do and you'll probably never have to rely on snail mail ads ever again.

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As far as checking to see how "hot" a deal truly is, we usually check our prices against Pricegrabber and our favorite friend, Amazon, as well as eBay when it comes to older items.

And don't worry, we haven't forgotten about our friends up north either. For the most part, many items purchased online stop at the border so it is pretty difficult getting a deal for a television without having to pay extra fees to get it to cross that little border. If you live in Canada, check out Redflagdeals. Hey, someone has to watch your back, right?

Other honorable mentions for tech items would be Techbargains, Dealnews, and of course, Craigslist - just don't leave your complete address and time away on the posting for the world to see. If you need someone to explain why, perhaps you should try it for fun.

Have an online deal source we've somehow missed? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

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