Saving Money Tips: Online Shopping on a Budget

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Shopping on a budget

By Peter Minkoff

We live in an age when everything that can be digital is digital. The internet is usually a simpler alternative to many daily chores and activities. Shopping is one of them. In fact, about 50 percent of the internet population has purchased online more than once. Some of the perks of the online shopping are convenience and time-saving feature. Nowadays, people can buy everything they need online; from houses and cars to clothes and food. Web stores are often a great place to save or make some money, too. More than 70 percent of shoppers believe that they can get a better deal online than in brick and mortar stores. This is true, but only if you know how to be frugal while shopping online. We will give you a few tips.

Choose the Right Day

It might sound ridiculous, but there is such a thing as “best days for sales and discounts”. Most online shops offer sales, special deals and discounts on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. However, there are some specific items which can be purchased for lower prices on specific days of the week. For instance, Sundays are ideal for booking airline tickets, Mondays for cars and electronics, Tuesdays for movies tickets, Saturdays for items at department stores and gas, etc.

Choose the Right Season

Or, shall we say the wrong one? Shopping off-season has always been a great way to save money and the internet took it to the next level. This kind of shopping requires patience and planning. You must be aware that you will not be able to use those items you have just bought until next year. And, you have to plan what you will need then. So, do not wait for the summer to arrive to equip yourself, but shop on some of the latest swimwear sales at the end of the summer and beginning of the fall. Winter coats, on the other hand, should be bought in springtime. Discounts for yard equipment and household items can be found during winter and fall, etc.

Hunt for Coupons

Before making any purchase, check there are coupons available for that particular store or product. There are different websites where you can find available coupons for various retailers and you can download a smartphone app which you will be able to use to find codes for different merchants. If you have more than one coupon, check if there is a possibility of combining them. If you do that, make sure you combine them strategically (e.g. 1 promo code for 20% discount + 1 coupon for 10 dollars; use the 20% discount first, because you will lower the full price).

Organize Your Emails

In order to be constantly up-to-date with all the special deals and offers, sign up to various newsletters (especially from stores where you frequently buy), coupon sites and promotion lists. If you are worried that your email will be spammed, then you can make a new account especially for shopping purposes, or install an email add-on that will de-clutter your inbox, unsubscribe you from junk mail and send you one email per day with your summarized preferences.

Other Handy Tricks

Remember, that for most of the products you are buying, you can get a free shipment. In fact, nearly 50 percent of all online purchases include free shipment. If you are not offered that possibility try negotiating with customer service. You can also do that with some other issues, such as an expired coupon or a sudden price-drop for a product you ordered yesterday. To avoid overpaying for an item that can be found at a lower price on other websites, use browser add-ons, such as PriceBlink, which will automatically pull the prices of the same product for different merchants, organize them in a smart-chart and even notify you if there are coupons available.

We hope that these tips were helpful. The next time when you are clicking your way to the desired item, try to remember them and save some money in the process.

Peter is a lifestyle a writer for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from the Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a freelance writer for many local newspapers. Besides fashion, he loves reading, cooking exotic meals and traveling around tropical destinations. His future plan is to create a personal blog about life-saving tips.

 

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