The internet has opened up a world of shopping opportunities. Confirmed shopaholics can go wild with their credit card until debt reality bites, while those serious about saving money can follow these tips to become a wise online shopper.
There are serious bargains to be had for the savvy online shopper. Just follow these tips for smart online shopping:
Search for coupon codes
Use coupon sites to get discounts for a whole range of products. US coupon site Retailmenot, for example, post codes offering discounts from more than 65,000 ecommerce stores. For discounts from Australian retailers try Shopadocket and Cashrewards. Sign up for email alerts so you will be notified on new deals.
Simply ‘Like’ your favourite shopping sites on Facebook to receive special coupons and be first to know when there’s a sale on.
Subscribe by email
Join the email lists of your favourite shopping sites to get discount coupons and special offers via your inbox. Many will offer you a special discount or free delivery as soon as you sign up.
Use comparison shopping sites
Avoid delivery fees and return fees
Many online retailers offer free shipping if you purchase above a certain amount. Take advantage of this by buying in bulk at one store. Always check the retailer’s return policy to see if they will allow you to return goods for free. You don’t want to find that your new pair of shoes don’t fit property then have to pay to return them.
Add an item to your shopping cart but don’t pay
If you’re not in a hurry with your purchase try putting it in the retailer’s shopping cart then leaving the site. If the retailer has your email address, sometimes this will result in a discount offer to nudge you into making the purchase.
Check sites like eBay for better deals
If there’s something particular you are looking for at the best price, look up classified ads sites like eBay and Gumtree to see if anyone is selling one in as-new or mint condition for a much better deal.
Check your frequent flyer program
Check the details of your frequent flyer programs and store cards to see if you can earn points for shopping online.
Shopping around online, particularly for big ticket items such as household appliances and computers and smaller items you need to replace regularly, such as printer ink or coffee, can save many hundreds of dollars a year. Just follow the above tips to become a wise online shopper and reap the savings!