GOOD STUFF FOR LESS

You don’t have to buy a new tablet or computer to get a good one, any more than you have to buy a brand new car. “Refurbished” machines are items returned to the store or the manufacturer, but they’re not lemons.

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SELLING YOUR KIDS CLOTHES ONLINE

MoxieJean.com lets you sell “like new” kids clothes or buy them at a big discount. They have over 40,000 items. Items that can’t be accepted for sale are donated to charity.

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GOVERNMENT DEALS

Govdeals.com lists stuff the federal government is getting rid of for cheap. Bob likes the concrete culverts currently going for $6. He saw a house built from them and says they’re great for bomb shelters.

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EBATES 2.0 SHOPPING APP

Ebates 2.0 is a new version of the Ebates app for Android, iPhone, and iPad (iOS 7 and up). It lets you get cash back on purchases, sometimes free shipping, and coupons.

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SHOPPING TIP

We’re constantly pitched about new shopping sites, but here’s a tip that may beat all of them: type the word “coupon” after the name of the store or product. Bob typed “Lands End Coupon” and got 20 percent off from LandsEnd.com. Joy typed “Niemen Marcus coupon” and saw dresses for 70 percent off. But they were still too expensive. Bob typed “ceramic knives coupon” and got 50 percent off on his favorite Kyocera knives.

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COMPARING GADGETS

Engadget.com/compare lists every gadget category you might think of, such as printers, computers, fitness devices, game machines, phones, speakers, you name it. When you click on a category, you get a list of the brands with the best reviews, and comparisons between them, as well as user comments. Here we learned that “Jambox” speakers get the same high rating as “Sonos,” but are cheaper, at $132 to $220, compared to $200 to $300.

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DISCOUNT COUPONS

There’s a new site called Savor.Co that has discount coupons from our favorite stores, such as Lands End and Macy’s. It has a “co” ending instead of “com” because that is the domain code for Columbia. It has become hip among techies. We found more savings here than we did at Groupon. Maybe that’s because it taps into your likes on Facebook and other sites. They also have a smartphone app.

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UP THE AMAZON RIVER

Our Amazon Prime membership costs us $79 a year and the price will be going up soon. This gives us free shipping and two-day delivery on almost anything we buy there. We can also get hundreds of free movies (but not the newest ones) streamed to our computers, phones or TVs.

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APP HAPPY SHOPPING

- “Shopular” was ranked by TIME magazine as one of the 50 best iPhone apps for 2013. When you walk into some stores, a pop-up on your screen tells you the latest deals. The app works at 40,000 locations around the U.S. and is used by over a million people.

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APP HAPPY: EBATES

Ebates.com, the website, is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It offers rebates from over 1600 stores and opens up with the “hot deals” of the day. If you wish, your phone or iPod will alert you when a good deal comes in from your favorite store.

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