Online shopping is on the rise for many reasons, but mostly because smart shoppers know they can find better deals online than in traditional stores. However, not every item sold online is a steal, and if you aren’t careful, you might not save bank at all. Never fear! With our simple tips for saving money online, you’re guaranteed to save money quickly, easily, and consistently every time you shop.
1. Follow your favorite stores
Retailers love to connect with their customers through social media, so they’re always posting new coupons, giveaways, and promotions to keep them engaged and interested. To find the latest deals online without having to search through too many coupon sites and message boards, just follow your favorite stores on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your news feed!
2. Trick out your web browser
A whole new array of browser extensions like Honey (joinhoney.com) take the guesswork out of online savings by applying multiple coupon codes and promotions to your shopping carts. Just add the items you want to purchase to your shopping cart, proceed to checkout, and hit the “Find Savings” button. If there’s a deal to be had, the price will automatically decrease.
3. Stack deals
While many sites have a one-coupon limit, that doesn’t mean they can stop you from applying multiple savings tools to your purchases. Beat the system by stacking discount gift cards, rewards cards, and coupons together. You may save as much as 90% on your online purchase.
4. Comparison shop
Before you commit to a purchase, make sure you know the value of the product. Try using comparison shopping search engines like Amazon, Google Shopping, Shopzilla, and Pronto.com to search for products based on price. Chances are you can find the same product your looking for at a lower price outside of a traditional retailer store.
5. Know your limits
Even if you find the best online deal in the world, if it doesn’t make sense for your budget, then the savings aren’t worth the overall cost. With Manilla, keep track of your income and expenses all in one well-organized space so you can make financially savvy, informed purchasing decisions.
Do you have any other tried-and-true ways of saving when you shop online? Let us know in our comments section!
Alida Miranda-Wolff is the Head of Marketing and Communications at ShopGab, an online social shopping platform that connects users with their friends and family to gather trusted feedback when making purchasing decisions. She also writes and manages the ShopGab Blog. You can follow Alida on Twitter @AlidaMW and ShopGab @WeShopGab.
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