Finding a good deal


Yesterday I talked about the rising cost of gas, case and today the price of crude oil has climbed to $67 dollars a barrel. The rising cost of gasoline is starting to hurt America where it hurts–in the pocketbook. A CNN.com online (unscientific poll) today asks users if they are starting to suffer from financial hardship due to the rising price of gasoline. As of 15:00 EDT, order here were the results:
56% of respondents said “yes” and 29% of respondents said “no, purchase but it will if it keeps rising”; only 25% said “no”. There had been 47,900 votes.

When gas prices rise, everybody feels the pain. Just about every thing we purchase is affected by the price of gasoline, because fuel is used to transport the product from wherever it is manufactured or processed to the store where you purchase it. So when gas prices go up, so does the price of milk, and a whole host of other things.

Cairo websiteIf your budget is starting to feel the crunch, let me introduce you to a website I found online today: Cairo.com. Cairo is a site that compares the weekly ads from major retailers to help you find the best current deals in your area. Cairo reads the ads so you don’t have to. You can simply go to the website, enter your zip code (e.g. _84047_) and the item you are looking for, (e.g. _milk_), and Cairo will show you the places that your item is on sale (e.g. _3 gallons for $6 at Smiths_).

Not only does Cairo check your grocery ads, but it checks ads at department, electronics, and drug stores as well. Stores listed near my zip code include Smiths, Albertsons, Walgreens, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, CompUSA, Radio Shack, JC Penny, and Linens and Things. Here, however, is the caveat: it *doesn’t* list local supermarkets like Reams, Harmon’s, or Maceys. So, you will still have to check out _those_ ads. However, Cairo is still a great place to start.

Cairo even lets you search by retailer, brand, or you can just browse current sales. Looks like a pretty cool tool for finding what is on sale near you right now!

Happy web surfing! Have a great weekend.


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