Ways To Save Money Online

WARNING:

this article is not for those who don’t trust ordering online due to identity theft or are not internet savvy, but for the rest of the population here are some tips that I find actually work:

Use cashback sites

Sure, signing up for these websites can add tons of junkmail to your inbox but it’s well worth it if you can amass upwards of $100 per month. Even if you don’t utilize it, you normally get a $5 bonus just for signing up. It’s only one extra step beyond your usual checkout process-all they ask is that you go through their website first. Not that bad an inconvenience. It may also take 2-3 months to receive payments and there are occasional glitches, but you can’t lose out on money you never had.

Use coupon sites

Before making any online purchase, I always search the net for any code I can enter to reduce the price. This is particularly beneficial when you can combine them with cashback sites. There are tons of coupon sites out there so you just have to do your homework. Be wary of the restrictions and expiration dates. Note:certain websites are slow in updating their sites so you can often use them even after the expiration date. Also, look at message boards to see what others post. Just make sure there are coupons out there before purchasing so you don’t leave any money on the table. For saving money in online marketing at Evergreen Wealth Formula review, the use of the terms and keywords should be done excellently. The delivering of the correct information is there to get effective benefits to manage the promotion and advertising.  The tight budget should be prepared for spending of the money.

Purchase an item online instead of at a store.

Certain stores offer discounts and greater price markdowns if you go online and use their store discounts. Department stores are particularly good at this as they try to encourage more online commerce. Also, if you don’t see an item online that you noticed at the store, they’ll often let you exchange it for that item if you buy an item with the same retail value. Some will say that this creates an unnecessary step of going to the store but I look at it this way: it’s stil one step. Instead of going to buy an item you’re going to return one. Much less enjoyable, I know, but still the same amount of travel time.

Search for printable coupons

Many sites offer printable store coupons especially during the holidays. All you need is a printer and you’re all set. This is also good for people who like to see/touch what they purchase beforehand. Outlet malls are big on these programs so sign up for any promotional memberships from the stores that you shop at the most.

Sign up for store programs

Again, with the right store, this has the potential to reap many rewards. Apparel and shoe stores have programs that let you accrue points for repeat business.

These manifest themselves in the form of gift certificates to their stores or e-coupons or emails letting you know of advanced sales.

Also with certain stores, if you make purchases within 60 days of one another, you can get additional discounts for each subsequent purchase.

Overpurchase

Some online stores like to offer you free shipping or free return shipping or both. Use that to your advantage. When I’m not sure what size or colors to order I often purchase multiple sizes or colors of same item. Then you can try items on in the comfort of your home (without those deceptive mirrors) and send back the ones you don’t want. If free returns are availlable, just box it up and ship it back if you’re too busy to make a trip. If they have a brick and mortar store, bring it there to refund instead to ensure faster credit to your card. Also, you save time as most return lines are significantly shorter than the checkout lines. Always check to make sure this is an option since some retailers and their websites are a separate entity.

Price match

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure of the store’s policy beforehand to see that you are within the timeframe beforehand. Sometimes, you can even find a store with the highest price, purchase it, then price match at a greater savings rate-usually 110%. For example, let’s say the item costs $50. The lowest price you find is at $40. If you price match at this rate, you’ll get $11 refunded to you. However, if you find a price match store that sells it for $75 then the refund to you will be $38.50 for an extra $1.50. Make sure of two things though. That the price plus shipping is the lowest price and that the year and model number match-otherwise the retailer will choose not to honor anything for those two reasons.

Shop with a friend

Many online retailers offer buy one get one half off promotions. Much like buying at wholesale stores, buying in bulk works better in numbers. Just get a trusted friend or family member to join in with you before purchase and then the savings will increase for both parties. Shoe stores or sporting goods are notorious for these programs so utilize them to your advantage.

If you follow a few of these money saving tips, you will be able to have more left over for this season’s holiday shopping.

Emma

About Emma

Emma Logan is the content coordinator of Beverly Lahaye Institute. She’s been freelancing for many years and now focuses on WordPress development and blog design