News flash – I’m super cheap. I guess that it comes with the territory of being a personal finance blogger. I’m always on the hunt for ways to save money shopping online. I end up stalking brands and items I’m looking to buy online, looking for the best deal.
I often have buyer’s remorse especially with large purchases. I always think that the seller has the upper hand in pricing and a great deal is just around the corner if I’d keep looking. But, there are ways that you can save money shopping online. Here are a few easy ways that you can ensure that you get the best deal when shopping online.
How To Save Money Shopping Online
Get Discount Codes From Online Deal Sites Before Purchasing
I never buy anything online without looking for a discount code. I love it when websites have coupon discount code boxes directly on their shopping cart or checkout pages. It’s a great reminder to look for easy discounts before you purchase online.
There are many great websites out there like PromoPro that help you save money shopping online. They provide coupon codes, direct offers, and often exclusive offers that you can’t find anywhere else. PromoPro has a huge list of retailers that they work with and provide coupons for. It’s amazing the list! The site covers a broad range of categories like food, travel, clothing, entertainment, restaurants, electronics, and much more.
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Add Items To Your Shopping Cart and Leave
One of the best tricks to saving money while shopping online is to place items that you’re looking to buy in your online shopping cart and then abandon the purchase. Simply close out of the website or your browser.
Many online stores now have sophisticated programs that will email you that they noticed you abandoned your shopping cart. Many will try and entice you to complete your purchase with online coupons and discounts.
The old adage is still true. It costs a lot more money to find new customers than to keep the ones that they have already. And, you can use this to your advantage by abandoning your shopping cart online. The company knows that you most likely want the item, and they will entice you to complete your purchase even at a discount.
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Subscribe To Items Monthly
I have fallen in love with subscription services and subscription boxes for items that I use every day. I’m a huge fan of companies like Dollar Shave Club, Amazon subscriptions, and the WSJ Wine club.
Every month like clockwork, new items that I use every day arrive right in my mailbox. It’s easy for me to remember to change razor blades every week because I receive a new shipment of blades in the mail thanks to Dollar Shave Club’s subscription program.
My wife buys wine all the time too. We probably go through a bottle or more a week. The WSJ Wine Club makes it easy to try new brands and varieties that we normally wouldn’t if we just purchased wine at the grocery store.
And, Amazon makes it easy to sign up for a subscription for many of the items that they sell. They even offer buttons that you can stick in your cabinets that are connected to the internet which lets your order automatically when, for example, you’re out of toilet paper or paper towels.
Bonus Tip: Follow Brands on Social Media
I stalk brands and the items that I want to buy online. I’m patient to find the best deal possible. Another great way to save money shopping online is to leverage social media. You should sign up for the email newsletters of the stores and brands that sell the product you are looking for. They often give exclusive deals and coupons to their newsletter subscribers.
You should also follow the stores and brands on their social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the like. You’d be surprised how many great deals companies only promote on their social media pages. It’s well worth your time to follow them and keep up in order to save money shopping online.
There are many great ways that you can save money shopping online. It may take a little more work, a few extra follows and likes, or simply checking out coupon deal websites in order to get the best deal online for your purchases.
Did I miss any tips to saving money shopping online? What do you do to save money with online purchases?