Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Make Your Major Purchases Count

Make Your Major Purchases Count

A major part of the frugal lifestyle is consuming less.  Sometimes though, you really have to buy something – like a dryer or a rug shampooer.  People who are naturally frugal recognize the importance of delaying a major purchase until they can thoroughly research the marketplace.

Surprisingly, the Web is a bit of a wasteland when it comes to free, authoritative consumer information.   I know it doesn’t seem that way because of all the consumer opinion based posts that exist.  And some of those consumer opinions are good and valuable – like at Amazon or Epinions.

But let’s face it, for major purchases, you need something more authoritative.  Now, the tech and electronics end has always been well covered by sites like CNet and Crutchfield, but what about appliances?  Because Consumer Reports is a paid subscription based service, the only real viable option is ConsumerSearch.

ConsumerSearch is a broad, sweeping meta-site that draws consumer reviews from a variety of sources – including Consumer Reports.  From chest freezers to snow tires, furnace filters to washing machines, this is easily the best consumer site on the Web.  I’m not even sure there’s a close second.


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