Amazingly, I still have friends that will shop online and pay full price without blinking an eye. After I get up from falling out of my chair, I tell them about all the great ways you can save money when shopping online. To my surprise, many of my favorite tips are completely new to them and they are excited to give them a whirl. With that in mind, I present my 5 favorite ways to save money shopping on the web.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are becoming a hot place to look for an online deal or coupon. This new trend allows retailers to use their social media pages and feeds to promote exclusive content and coupons to their loyal users. Be sure to become a loyal follower of your favorite online stores by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter so you never miss an exclusive coupon in the future.
2. Are you a "Showrooming" Shopper?
If not, you should be. "Showrooming" is the practice of checking out items in-store then coming home to buy cheaper online. Brick & mortar stores really hate the practice, but from a personal finance stand-point, it just makes good sense. Especially with clothing retailers when correct sizing can be a big issue. By "showrooming" you completely avoid potential return shipping charges plus you can take advantage of coupon codes that are only available for online shoppers. Many retailers are trying to combat showrooming by having suppliers provide products that are only available in-store. But it is a losing battle and one that shoppers should be taking full advantage of.
3. Visit Coupon Code Sites
This one is fairly self-explanatory. If you are shopping online and not looking for a coupon code every time you shop you are losing out on some pretty incredible savings. Once you find a few coupon sites that you really like, be sure to bookmark them for future use. The good coupon sites post new codes on a daily basis, remove expired offers continually, and have a large selection of stores and shopping categories to choose from. My three favorites are RetailMeNot.com, CouponCabin.com, and a little known site called Rather-Be-Shopping.com. 🙂
4. Clear Out Your Cookies
Not the Girl Scout cookies in your pantry, but the virtual cookies on your computer. The reason is because many online retailers will install a harmless cookie on your computer which allows them to track your buying habits and recognize you as a returning customer. This is not always a good thing as many online retailers will offer new customers better deals and pricing. So clear out your cookies every once in a while and always get treated like a new customer. Do a quick Google search on "clearing browser cookies". It will take just a minute and can potentially save you a good chunk of change.
5. Get Free Online Coupon Alerts
This tip piggy-backs on #3, the best coupon sites will allow you to sign up for coupon alerts to the stores you shop at the most. Essentially it works by the coupon site emailing you a coupon for your pre-determine stores when one is added to their website. This allows you to not only save the time it takes to hunt down a coupon, but you'll never miss a chance to save some money by getting alerts sent directly to your email inbox.
To give you an example of the amazing savings you can get by shopping online, here is a partial list of coupons that have a minimum savings of 20%. If you have any shopping to do this weekend hopefully one of these offers can save you some cash.
Free $25 Aero Gift Card w/ your $100+ online purchase
Coupon Code: AEROGIFT
See all coupons for Aeropostale: Click Here
About The Author: Kyle James runs a site called Rather-Be-Shopping.com which specialiazes in online coupons to over 850 stores. He also blogs about frugal living and the adventures and mis-adventures of raising 3 active kids.