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November 7, 2013

Consumer Reports: Great sites for saving big

Once a year, the team at ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, sweeps the Web for a special roundup of the latest and greatest shopping sites and apps. Each site meets ShopSmart's requirements for privacy, contact-info disclosure and service. Check out these money savers:

Bing.com/explore/rewards: Best for automatic rewards for shopping. The search engine's new rewards program gives you points for doing Web searches at the site and trying new features. Subscribe to get started, then redeem your points for Redbox rentals, earn money for charities and get gift cards to use at Amazon.com, Starbucks and other major retailers. Don't Miss: The Refer a Friend program lets you earn rewards for recruiting others.

CouponCactus.com: Best for coupons and cash back. As if saving money wasn't great enough, this site helps you make money, too. Head here to find a promo code before you complete your next online order. And be sure to sign in before checking out at participating sites (which include lots of biggies, such as Audible.com and Nordstrom.com); you'll earn cash back for anything you buy. Don't Miss: The Coupon Cactus Exclusives section offers special codes.

MyPermissions.org: Best for protecting your personal info. Liking your favorite brands on Facebook is a great way to see what's new and get special offers. But the trade-off is that you might be granting access to your personal info. This browser add-on reveals everyone you've given permission to raid your data, alerts you in real time when anyone tries to view it and makes it easy to revoke the privilege. Don't Miss: The free app for Android and Apple.

Slice.com: Best for tracking all of your purchases. Register the email address you use for online purchases and it keeps a record of every transaction, stores your receipts and alerts you if you're eligible for a price reduction or refund. Want to know when that package of goodies will arrive? It tells you that, too. Don't Miss: Slice & Dice charts your spending categories. You might be surprised to learn what percentage of your cash is spent on shoes, for example!

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