by Catalogs.com Info Guru Aurora LaJambre
Moms are among the savviest of shoppers.
They save big money by referring to coupon aggregators, social networks, budget blogs and daily deal web sites before making online purchasing decisions.
The most popular social shopping sites for moms allow them to refer to other customers for recommendations, help curate gift lists for other moms and most importantly take advantage of incredible discounts.
Huge sales are only useful if they’re for quality items the family will love. Practical and easy to use, product categories on family focused sites include scrapbooking, kid, baby and special somethings for her. Members see a countdown of time remaining on drastic discounts of often from 40%-70% off. The best part about mom-targeted social shopping sites is the curation of well made, thoughtful items with unique designs.
The exclusive, limited discounts tweeted every day by companies and stores make signing up for an account well worth the two minutes it takes to do so. In addition to your favorite baby and kid stores, follow @slickdeals, @fatwallet and @woot to be first to hear about real-time offers mamas actually want.
8. Living Social
Similar to Groupon in size and variety, Living Social is slightly more activity-focused. This is a good starting point for spontaneous family fun days – haunted corn mazes in the fall, and deals on theme parks, zoos and local sporting events year round.
Boasting more than 115 million users, Groupon is among the most well known shopping sites for moms, dads and singletons alike. This is where to go for everything from electronics and premium home furnishings, to clever gift ideas.
6. Us Trendy
Social shopping sites for moms focus on major discounts, but that’s not all. Remember the days when you had a few hours to shop (for yourself) with the girls (friends, not your daughters)? Remember how nice it was to get their feedback on styles? Now websites like Us Trendy bring fashionably like-minded shoppers together to share honest opinions on trends and specific designs. And you can do it on a Smartphone while waiting for soccer practice to let out.
5. Mommy blogs
Mommy bloggers are among the most vocal product reviewers on the Internet. They will make sure you’re in the know on the best, safest toys for active boys and girls. They also have a keen eye for significant sales, seasonal giveaways, contests, gift guides and crafty ideas to feed kids’ curiosity. Bookmark a few of these sites or sign up for their newsletters to join the party. Theshoppingmama.com and Thrifty Nifty Mommy network are good places to start.
Take advantage of having so many friends on Facebook who are also moms. Shopcade is one of several social shopping Facebook applications. They make it easy to share reviews on what your kids love and see what friends have to say about the same. Basically, you’re vetting new brands and products – everything from kids home furnishings, to clothes and toys for each other AND sharing and receiving worthwhile deals just by checking your account.
The concept of group gifting is relatively new to online shopping but it’s something many people do in the real world. Say your nephew is about to graduate college and you want to get him a nicer gift than you can afford. Head to a site like Lolligift and start a gift pool then send the link to other members of the family. This makes it easy for everyone to pitch in upfront to send him one collectively fantastic gift.
Mamas who appreciate efficiency love Yipit. Who has time to check each of these social shopping sites for moms individually? Sign up for the daily emails and Yipit does the work for you by aggregating daily deals from the other social shopping apps and websites. This allows you to compare and gives a little cushion from that impulsive BUY NOW button.
Scoutmob is a fabulous way to find store savings. Using it is like coupon clipping minus the scissors and paper bits. All you do is claim exclusive specials on items, restaurants and even local coffee shops. Pay at the business when you redeem the voucher.