12 Online Shopping Tips to Save Money
There’s no reason to pay full retail price. Here at ShopAtHome we love a good deal and being on top of the best online shopping tips is the way to snag those bargains. Settling in for some retail therapy? Try two or three of these ideas to get the most bang for your buck!
Sign up for the e-newsletter
You want to be in-the-know about the latest sales from your favorite stores. Sharing your email address ensures you get access to the best deals as soon as they’re available.
Insider Tip: Many retailers include a special new customer discount coupon or freebie offer in their welcome email!
Follow your Favorite Store on Social Media
Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, many businesses offer coupons to their new followers or the chance to sign-up for a special giveaway. Winning free stuff that you can actually use saves you $$$ in the long run!
Shop the Competition
Thanks to the wonderful world of digital tracking, online retailers know what websites you’re browsing. Pop over to your favorite store’s top competitor and keep an eye on those ads in the margin. You might just see one that directs you back to the original online retailer you love — with a discount offer attached!
Send a ‘Thank You’ Message
Companies enjoy hearing from their dedicated customers. If you love a product or service, send a quick email or instant message and let them know. They may ask to use your words in a testimonial in exchange for a coupon or freebie gift box of product samples. Give it a try!
Get Cash Back
You can earn cash back on your purchases by shopping on websites like Shopathome.com. Simply sign up, view cash back options for your favorite retailer, and follow the link. You’ll get a percentage of your purchase on your Shopathome.com account.
Research Limited-time Coupon Codes
Nearly every online shopping cart has a field for discount or coupon codes. Take an extra second and Google search “discount code, STORE NAME” and see what pops up. You might just score free shipping or a percentage off your purchase.
Buy in Bulk
There are some things you buy over and over again. Why not get these items in huge quantities, and tuck them away so you can buy them less often and save money by getting bulk pricing? We love stocking up on toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, printer ink, paper plates and shampoo at Sam’s Club and Bulk Office Supply!
Use Subscribe and Save Features
Some online businesses will give you a blanket discount on your purchases if you promise to have them shipped on a repeat cycle. For example, if you have a bottle of your favorite body wash, skin moisturizer, and allergy medicine shipped to your home once a month, you could save some cash!
Shop and Drop
Browse and add items to your shopping cart, then leave the site. If you don’t finish your transaction, you’ll likely get an email notice or pop-up banner the next time you visit, asking you to finish your transaction. Often these messages come with the promise of free shipping or a discount to help you finish your purchase.
Comparison Shop Online
Making a big buy soon? Go to Google Shopping and compare prices on various models and styles of the item. This technique is a great way to find the best price on high-ticket items like appliances or bedroom furniture at Home Depot and Sears.
Clip Digital Coupons
Whether the store has a rewards card, or they offer coupons directly on their website product listings, click those buttons and watch the extra saving stack up! This is one of our favorite online shopping tips for our Amazon orders!
Ready to start shopping? Browse ShopAtHome for your favorite retailers and try these online shopping tips. Many stores offer cash back rewards and special sales just for our friends! Cha-ching!