Online Shopping: 7 Strategies for Big Savings

7 Tips for Shopping Online

Buying online is supposed to be about finding better shopping opportunities and better prices. You need to go about it the right way, though, to make sure that you really do see these benefits. Here are 7 shopping strategies to help you make the best of your time shopping online.

 

With some products, you can buy in large quantities to save

Many online stores offer steep discounts to those who order their products in bulk. If you choose to bulk-order a product that you use a lot of – diapers or other baby care items, for instance – you’ll save plenty both on product and delivery costs. We love shopping places like Costco.

Look Around For The Lowest Prices

It’s far easier to compare prices and shop around when it’s online rather than at physical stores. Yet, to many people, the extreme ease of comparison shopping that online shopping allows only encourages laziness. A surprising number of shoppers look at no more than two well-known stores when making purchases online. It’s important to resist the temptation to click that Buy button, the first chance that you get.

Shopping On Impulse

The reason it’s hard to be responsible and shop around when buying online is that having everything you need to buy at the tip of a mouse arrow encourages impulse spending. It’s easier to hit Buy than it is to take an item to checkout at a physical store, wait in line and ring through a purchase.

Online shopping comes with some of the same dangers that shopping with credit cards is known for – the buying process is so quick and effortless that you don’t quite realize what you’re doing. With both it’s easy to buy more than you need. It’s important to guard against impulse shopping when you go online then.

Keep an Eye on Shipping Costs

The shipping facilities at a store can be an important part of the shopping experience they offer. Some even offer guaranteed next-day delivery (NextDayDeliveryShops.co.uk has a great selection of such stores).

Shipping, though, can be expensive. Approximately half of all online shopping attempts are abandoned at the stage where the shipping costs are revealed. It makes sense that people would cut and run when they see the shipping costs involved – unless a shopper is signed up to a shipping program like Amazon Prime, shipping costs can be so expensive that any savings on attractively priced products are wiped out. Before you begin shopping online, you should set yourself a shipping budget for the month. It’s important to never exceed it.

You can get FREE 2 day shipping with memberships like Amazon Prime and ShopRunner.

Don’t Forget To Always Check For Coupon Codes!

There are more coupons available for online shopping than there are for shopping at physical stores. Before you pick one product over another at an online store, it’s important that you consult a search engine for the products that you can find the best coupons for. To savvy online shoppers, coupon availability is always an important factor in the product they finally decide to buy.

My favorite happens to be RetailMeNot.

Make Purchases Through a Cashback Website

Doing your online shopping through a cashback service can be a great way to save money. This is how cashback services work. A business decides to sign up as an affiliate to a shopping website. As an affiliate, they get a commission for every sale that they make for the shopping site. They then advertise to shoppers that when they shop with them, they get a share of the affiliate commission that they make – in the form of a cashback deal. These websites usually work very well. As long as you choose a well-known site like TopCashback or EBATES, you should make a great bit of savings.

Shop Like a Pro with Mobile Apps

Mobile shopping apps bring you all kinds of money-saving tricks. You get to find where the best deals are, get special offer alerts and so on. You can even have them help you monitor how much you spend. New mobile apps come up all the time – you need to be on the lookout and grab a few. I happen to love using apps for stores like RueLaLa and Zulily as well as shopping apps like ShopStyle.

 

GUEST BLOGGER: Elise Brooks prides herself on living well on a tight budget. She greatly enjoys blogging about the strategies and resources for smart money management in today’s households.

5 Must-Haves For Surviving The Fall & Winter Season

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I’ve finally accepted that Summer is over and Fall is here. Yup, I literally had to wait until I had bare trees in my yard to accept this whole “autumn” thing. It’s my least favorite time of year (except for the one week that the fall foliage is gorgeous here in New Hampshire). For me, summer living is easy. Come Fall though, I have a hard time functioning and keeping up. I don’t feel like exercising anymore, I don’t feel like eating healthy things like salads and I start packing on the carbs with apple cider donuts and homemade breads and I don’t feel like waking up in the morning because it’s still dark out when I want to get up!

So I put together a list of my 5 favorite things that help me get through the Fall and Winter season in hopes that it might help some of you to make it through the next few months too!

 

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Most Fashionable Phone Cases for Your iPhone

Naturally, after getting an iPhone 5, I scoured the net for the most fashionable cell phone cases available. Since I found so many cool option, I wanted to share them with you lovely ladies so your iPhone’s can be as fashionable as you are!

First off, of course, is our own official Fashionable Housewife cell phone case that ALL OF YOU should have on your iPhone by now!!!!

1. Uncommon

Fashionable Housewife iPhone case

About The Case:

The Fashionable Housewife iPhone case is available for the both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4/4S and is a slim fitting, one piece case to protect and beautify your iPhone. Naturally, we think this is THE must-have accessory for Fall, to make your phone the most fashionable phone on the block.

Buy It: Available from Uncommon for $34.95. Visit this post to purchase or scroll down and select the case of your choice from our sidebar on the right.


2. Pursecase

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About The Case:

Not your typical smartphone case, pursecase doubles as a purse! This petite clutch is elegantly designed with just a phone and essentials in mind. Now, ladies can keep their phone, credit cards, I.D., and cash, all at their fingertips in the most stylish way. With its chain handle and compact mirror, pursecase is sure to save even the busiest fashionistas from any fashion emergency. pursecase embodies the height of fashion and utility, but never at the price of individuality, with the choice of teal, pink, purple, black, white or limited edition neon yellow (glow-in-the-dark!) for iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5. The pursecase team will be unveiling designs for the Samsung Galaxy and other smartphone and tablet models as well in the near future. Check out pursecase on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @pursecase #stylinanddialin

Buy It: Available in Kitson stores and at www.pursecase.com starting at $38.


3. Tenerarca

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About The Case:

PAR’SK USA’s proprietary antibacterial, sanitizing, and negative-ion-generating process called UP-SKIN, an environmentally friendly method of treating leather. The leather iPhone 5 Case can eliminate up to 99.99% of harmful bacteria, not only on the electronic device but also on the user’s hands, says PAR’SK USA Inc. president Mr. Eskei Park. It also emits negative ions, which studies have shown enhance feelings of well-being. (Click here to read my review!)

Buy It: Available on http://tenerarca.myshopify.com/ starting at $75.


4. Caseable

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About The Case:

Hand-crafted in Brooklyn, NY from recycled plastic bottles. Durable plastic shell for protection molded specifically for iPhone 5. Wrap-around, photo-quality printing. Easy snap-on attachment with direct access to all iPhone 5 features. Tons of artists to browse!

Buy It: Available on www.caseable.com for iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy and more starting at $34.90.


More Fashionable Phone Cases to Choose From:

Customize Your Own Fashionable iPhone Case

With Uncommon you can create your own personalized and customized iPhone case with your own photography or artwork. It’s easy! Just follow the instructions below to make your own fashionable iPhone case today!



Too lazy to make your own? That’s ok! We did the hard work for you. Get the NEW official Fashionable Housewife iPhone case!

Keep Calm and Be Fashionable

Fashionable Housewife iPhone case

The Fashionable Housewife iPhone case is available for the both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4/4S



Fashionable Technology – Tenerarca’s UP-SKIN Leather iPhone Case

Now that I own an iPhone, I tend to stay in-the-know about the latest, greatest and most fashionable advances in technology. One of my more recent discoveries is Tenerarca.

If you think hard, plastic cases for your iPhone are sooo, last year, then you’ll love the fashionable and functional Tenerarca UP-SKIN leather iPhone cases that are thin, super soft and actually eliminate 99.99% of harmful bacteria not only on the phone but on your hands!

“PAR’SK USA’s proprietary antibacterial, sanitizing, and negative-ion-generating process called UP-SKIN, an environmentally friendly method of treating leather. A Tenerarca case can eliminate up to 99.99% of harmful bacteria, not only on the electronic device but also on the user’s hands, says PAR’SK USA Inc. president Mr. Eskei Park. It also emits negative ions, which studies have shown enhance feelings of well-being.”

Not only are their cases equipped with that fancy UP-SKIN technology, but they are made from premium leather. Their iPhone and iPad cases combine classic style with ultramodern functionality you won’t find anywhere else.

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I received the iPhone 5 Case in Aqua Green to review about 4 weeks ago. My first impression left me immediately pleased with the super soft feel, easy grip, and classic style of the case. After 4 weeks of continuous use, my first impression stands uncorrected. Being that it is 0.4MM thin and is ultra light, it was easy to slip into my pocket, unlike my other heavy, bulky iPhone case. The case was easy to grip and I could flip open the cover with one finger to quickly answer calls and flap it back over to protect my screen from my face during a phone conversation. I usually get makeup foundation and facial oil all over my screen during a call, so I especially appreciated the cover flap on this case that protected my screen from getting makeup and oil all over it. The cover withstood the abuse of my makeup and skin contact quite well and didn’t show signs of staining or dirt even after the continuous 4 weeks of use.

As for the case emitting negative ions that “promote feelings of well-being”, I can’t say that I noticed any difference in my mood while using the case so you will just have to take their word for it on that front!

They have covers for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and the Galaxy Note 2 as well as covers for the iPad, iPad 2 and the iPad Mini. They come in a range of colors including black, tan, red, blue and aqua.

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Check out my instagram outfit here, here and here to see my case in action!

For more information, visit http://tenerarca.myshopify.com/

The Fashionable Housewife iPhone Case Is Here!

Get the NEW official Fashionable Housewife iPhone case for your iPhone 5 or iPhone 4/4S!

Keep Calm and Be Fashionable

Fashionable Housewife iPhone case

The Fashionable Housewife iPhone case is available for the both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4/4S for just $34.95. Get yours today and be fashionable!



Of course, we think this is a must-have accessory to make your phone the most fashionable phone on the street. :-D