Shopping online is easier than ever – which is why 40% of Americans purchase items online several times a month.
The reason online shopping is growing in popularity – apart from the convenience it offers – it that it’s a great way to save money on your purchases.
It’s easy to save hundreds of dollars every year by following just a few simple online shopping tips. Check them out!
Shopping Tips to Save Tons of Money with Every Purchase
Saving money when you shop online takes a tiny bit of extra time – as little as a few extra clicks. The rewards are worth it, as you save potentially thousands of dollars every year!
Here’s how to save money every time you shop online:
1. Find Discount Codes
There are many discount code websites available to help you find unique codes that knock a percentage off the sale price.
Voucher codes are often time-limited deals, so it’s always worth checking back regularly to keep an eye on deals available at your favorite online stores.
You can either find the code before you shop, or fill your cart as usual and, when you’re ready to checkout, search for relevant discount codes to apply before you pay.
2. Use Cashback Websites
Cashback websites, such as Topcashback and Quidco, pay you a percentage of your purchase price back if you visit a retailer via their site.
For example, if you want to buy something from Amazon, you’d open the cashback website page first. Then, you select Amazon from their merchant list and click on ‘visit merchant’.
Your visit will be tracked and the advertised percentage will be paid back to you once you complete a purchase. This isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme, as it can take several months to receive your cashback.
However, you can often save your cashback and exchange it for higher-value vouchers to shop online with. This is a perfect way to save without realizing it. Many shoppers save their cashback throughout the year and withdraw a lump sum when they hit a personal target.
3. Install Browser Extensions
There are many browser extensions that you can install onto your web browser to alert you to lower prices for the same product elsewhere. They also offer coupon codes available for the site you’re currently visiting, too.
Extensions like Honey automatically highlight discount codes that you can apply to your cart. Other extensions, such as The Camelizer, track price history of products – so you can see if you’re really getting a good deal.
4. Take Advantage of Delivery Offers
If you’re a loyal online shopper to certain websites and brands, take a look at their super-saver delivery options. Many now offer an annual fee for premium next-day delivery. This fee is also often the cost of only a couple of normal priority deliveries – so it’s easy to quickly recoup your costs.
You can also consider combining a cashback website with a ‘click and collect’ option to save some serious money. Not only will you receive your cashback as usual, but collect-from-store delivery options are often free.
Doing this also means you can try the product in-store and start the returns process there and then if you don’t like it. You’ll often be able to avoid any return postage costs this way, too.
5. Abandon Your Cart
A sneaky but effective way to save money and discover unique discounts is to shop as normal – and then abandon your full shopping cart.
If you’re logged in to a website when you do this, sit back and wait a few hours. Many retailers will send you a ‘you forgot something!’ email about your abandoned cart. This email often includes an incentive, such as free delivery or a discount code, helping you to save on your purchase.
Hoard Your Dollars with More Money Saving Tips
Following the above tips is a great way to start saving money on the things you’d normally buy anyway. Remember,: there’s little point going after the cashback or the discount unless you needed the item anyway!
These shopping tips are just a snapshot of the many ways you can keep hold of your dollars to save for a rainy day.
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