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.

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RetailMeNot.com is one of our very FAVORITE websites to check out for coupon codes and deals before we purchase ANYTHING online. I even have the RetailMeNot add-on in my Firefox Browser and I have the app on my Droid 3 phone!

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About the New iPhone App Version 2.0:

RetailMeNot.com (www.retailmenot.com), the largest online coupon site in the United States, recently announced the launch of the company’s latest innovation – a location-based coupons app for iPhone.  Version 2.0 of the app includes geo-fencing capabilities that enable consumers to receive local coupon notifications for nearby stores at hundreds of shopping malls across the United States.  Get the iPhone app now and Save When You Want, Where You Want!™

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Features of the Updated RetailMeNot Coupons app for iPhone include:

    • Location-based coupons available at more than 500 geo-fenced shopping malls across the country by Black Friday

    • Map services that identify nearest store locations to redeem in-store coupons

    • Simple, easy-to-use interface with curated “Hot Deals” from popular stores and access via search to RetailMeNot’s best online and in-store coupons from thousands of merchants

    • Ability to save coupons for later use,  helping consumers organize their shopping excursions

    • Coupon expiration alerts that message you when your saved coupons are about to expire.

    • Push notification to consumers of relevant coupons

    • Ability to add RetailMeNot coupons to Apple’s Passbook

    • Supported on iPhone 5 and iOS 6: optimized for new screen size and features.

 

iPhone owners can download the app for FREE by visiting the App Store.  For more information on RetailMeNot’s mobile offering, including a brief instructional video, click here.


 

Extra information:

iPhone App V2 Press Release can be found here.

 

How the App Works:

A geo-fence is a virtual perimeter set around a physical retail location. When functionality is enabled, a consumer entering a geo-fenced location, like a shopping mall, with the RetailMeNot coupons app is immediately alerted about relevant offers nearby.   Coupons can also be added to Apple’s Passbook for better organization, storage of offers and later use at the point of purchase.

 

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and this is NOT a sponsored post. Just in case you were wondering…

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How To Shop Online And Save Money

If you aren’t using Ebates then you aren’t shopping online right! Ebates gives you CASH BACK for shopping through them! Sign up right now, just CLICK HERE. Sign up is easy, fast and free.

Right now, Ebates is celebrating their 13th Birthday and they want you to help celebrate with 13% cash back at bunch of great stores like BareNecessities, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, Avon, Beauty.com, Cafe Press, eBags, Endless, Kohls, Macys, Nordstrom, Shoes.com and more! (Normally you get like 2% back on Old Navy, Gap, etc so this is really a big deal!)

If you shop Bare Necessities today, use coupon code BPOP2012 to save an extra 20% off your order and use ShopRunner for free 2 day shipping!

Use coupon code ONSAVE15 at Old Navy for an extra 15% off your purchase (on top of the 13% cash back you’ll get if you go through ebates!)

Now THAT’S how you shop online!!!!

Sign up for ShopRunner and get free 2 day shipping at all your favorite online stores like Bare Necessities, Beauty.com, Drugstore.com, American Eagle, OnlineShoes.com, Lord & Taylor, and other popular stores like BabiesRUs and ToysRUs! You can get a free 30 day trial too!

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And always check RetailMeNot.com before I checkout on any site because I almost always can save more if I use a coupon code!

What online shopping tips can you share with us?!