Shopping online is beneficial in lots of ways: you don’t have to go anywhere, you can shop while in your pajamas (which is frowned upon in regular stores), and you can look for whatever you want specifically and don’t need to go into 20 different stores to try to find it. But did you know that shopping online can also be a good way to save you money? If you are an experienced online shopper you probably know all about saving money when shopping online, but if you are only a beginner, check out these 4 money saving tips below:
1. Go to different websites
When you go into two different stores, chances are that the prices are different, and sometimes very different, but when you shop online the price difference between two different retailers is usually even greater. When you see something great online that costs a little more than you are willing to pay for it you can usually get it for a lot less on different websites. Try online auction websites for example. If you need an easy way to compare shopping prices, visit www.froogle.com. This website provides a list of different retailers and their prices for pretty much any product that you can think of. Another good website for comparing prices is eBay, because you can sort things by price, so that the cheapest results show up on top of the page.
This is a very simple trick that not too many people use, but it can save you a ton of money over the years. It works very simple: register with a site such as www.quidco.com (if you are in the UK) and see if the retailer that you are looking for is on the website. If you are looking for a specific product, there is a big chance that what you are looking for is on the website. Then, purchase your item via Quidco.com and you will get a percentage of what you paid for back into your account, and sometimes you get free shipping.
Coupons are of course a great invention. When you want to buy something and you get a major discount you feel good about yourself. That’s why people like to buy bargains at the store and some people obsessively cut out and save coupons from the newspaper, even if they are never going to use them. You probably already know that online shops release coupon-codes every once in a while (usually at the end of the month), and that if you register with an online coupon and promotional codes website you can get a lot of stuff cheaper. Registering only takes a few minutes, and if you don’t like all the spam that comes with it you can just create an alternative email account within a few minutes and open your inbox whenever you need a discount. RetailMeNot and CouponChief are good sites to start with.
4. Know when to shop
If you are shopping for a specific date or a holiday, the timing is very important. When you are shopping for the holidays you shouldn’t wait till it’s just around the corner because all the good deals will be gone, and people will be asking a lot more for their products because they know that you have nowhere else to go anymore. Also, it is a good idea to buy next year’s Halloween’s costume right after this year’s Halloween has ended, because people generally want to get rid of their stuff after the holidays.
If you use all of the tips above you will save a lot of money shopping online, for sure. If you have other great tips that make online shopping cheaper and more convenient, please share them with us in the comment section, because it is always good to know about more ways to save money.