5 spring shopping hacks to save you time and money
Whether you’re shopping for new clothes or beauty products (hello, spring!) or looking to make a major appliance purchase, there’s tricks of the shopping trade that will help you save time and money.
Go ahead, skip the mall this spring, and shop online instead. (The less time in parking lot traffic means more time soaking up the sunshine at your local farmer’s market or pools that are opening soon).
Here are our five tried-and-true shopping hacks for springtime online shopping.
Get a (virtual) personal stylist:
Some of our favorite retailers put together chic outfits online that are super-easy and quick to shop. ASOS, for example, has “style icons” who curate looks you can shop online. From casual chic to a feminine take on urban streetwear, you can follow your fave stylists on Instagram and shop their outfits and find ones that fit your spring style mantras. Guys, you can shop looks, too — with one of the stylists inspired by tats and travel and another who describes his style mantra as being clean and simple.
Get free samples:
Spring is the perfect time to change up your beauty routines, swapping out winter moisturizers for lotions with hints of bronzer. Discover new beauty favorites for free by loading up your basket with three free beauty samples each time you shop at Sephora. Age-defying SPF creams and lip masks and lip balms with SPF are among some of the current spring offerings.
Earn Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com:
The easiest way to save money when you shop online? Sign up to become a member of ShopAtHome.com. It’s free, and you’ll start earning Cash Back instantly. You can earn Cash Back from thousands of great retailers — whether you’re buying a pair of summer sandals from Payless or a new grill from Sears for warm-weather BBQ’s. Go ahead, start putting that Cash Back towards an epic summer vacation.
Best things to buy in spring:
Just by knowing when to make your purchases can save you big bucks. Every month, experts at ShopAtHome.com dish what is on major markdown for the month to come. Check out the top items to buy in April. Come May, start setting your sights on mattresses, grills and patio equipment.
Watch for flash sales on spring and summer essentials:
Some of our favorite retailers announce limited time sales on their social media pages or via e-mail. Follow them online and sign up for e-mails (sometimes, you’ll get bonus discounts on the spot in exchange for your address). The best way to expertly shop flash sales? Keep a list of what you want and don’t make impulse buys for items you don’t need. Stores will sometimes offer site-wide discounts (Loft does this frequently) or other stores, like Old Navy, will sell certain items — like shoes, dresses, T-shirts — during their quick sales.