Shopping online can be quick and convenient, but it can also be pricey. I read articles about how to save money while shopping online. Here are the 10 tips for getting the best deals when shopping online:
1. Hunt for coupons
Always search for coupons before making a purchase. Sites have tons of coupon codes for all types of retailers, from small online merchants to large chain stores.
2. Use social networking
“Like” your favorite retailers on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Why? Because they often reward their social media followers with exclusive coupons or early access to major sales.
3. Sign up for emails alerts
Join the email lists of your favorite retailers so you can get coupons and other special offers delivered straight to your inbox. Don’t just sign up with your favorite stores – do so with their competitors too. That way you can compare deals and ask for price matching.
4. Compare online and in-store prices
Prices in the store and online don’t always match. Now that we’re all armed with smart phones, it’s easy to compare the product in your hand with its online price. And if you’re shopping online, sometimes it’s as easy as a phone call to your local retailer to find out the store price.
5. Leave items in your cart
Log in to your account, place your desired items in the cart and then just let it sit. Retailers want to close the deal, so they’ll find ways to draw you back. In a few days you may get an email with a coupon or an offer for a better price. It won’t work for every website, but they tested this “coupon trick” and found 17 online stores that offer coupon codes days later to entice you to complete your purchase.
6. Comparison shop
Use price-comparison and product-search sites to compare the prices of items at various online and local merchants.
7. Avoid shipping fees
Many stores offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount. If you’re falling short of that minimum, think about other items you may need that you can purchase ahead of time.
8. Get rewarded
Join your favorite retailers’ loyalty programs, and don’t forget to enter your loyalty number each time you shop. You can earn money back on your purchases, plus other great deals.
9. Check to see if you can get price-drop refunds
Say you make a purchase and then notice days later that the price has dropped. Some stores will issue you a refund for the price difference if you contact them within a certain number of days. For items sold and shipped by Amazon, contact the company within seven calendar days of the delivery date and they will refund you the price difference, reports Business Insider. Certain credit cards also offer price protection. That is, if the price dips within a certain amount of time from your purchase, they’ll refund the difference.
10. Use multiple coupon codes strategically
If an online retailer lets you to use multiple coupon codes at checkout, use the codes in the right order to get the most savings. For example, if you have one coupon code for 20% off your purchase and another for $15 off your purchase, use the 20% off code first. That will apply the 20% discount to the full price of the product earning you a deeper discount.