In today’s hustle bustle world, we all are looking for ways to make our lives a little easier and more time efficient. Online shopping can be a great way to save time by eliminating trips to the store, however shipping fees raise the prices and shopping without a coupon can often lead to overpaying. That said; here are some of my favorite online shopping tricks to save a little money.
Free Shipping Tricks
Many stores require a minimum purchase to secure free shipping. However, they don’t indicate that you have to keep all of the items to keep the free shipping. For example, a few months ago, I needed new boots. I couldn’t find a reasonable deal on anything I liked in the store, so I ventured online where I found the exact boots I was looking at for $25 less than in-store. However, I didn’t know what size I was and need a $100 minimum purchase to get free shipping. I ended up buying three pairs in the three sizes I thought I might be and returned the two that didn’t fit in store. While it did take a trip to the store, I saved the $7.99 shipping charge and got the boots I wanted for $25 less than in-store.
Social Media Deals
I am not a fan of online grocery store services, but I am always up for a bargain. I frequently check Facebook and Twitter for deals to online grocery stores. Sure, I will try out Peapod if you will include $20 of free groceries to cover the delivery charge.
Likewise, social media deals are a great way to find reliable long-term vendors. For example, when Coastal.com offered me a free pair of glasses on Facebook, I thought it was too good to be true. However, sure enough, my glasses came in and were great quality and even a designer frame. I now buy all of my eye wear needs from the site thanks to one coupon that drew me in.
RetailMeNot and Other Coupon Sources
Retailmenot.com is my favorite online coupon store. I even downloaded the app to my phone so I can get in-store coupons when I venture offline for my shopping. The website not only offers great coupons for free shipping on select stores, but it also offers percentage off and buy one get one coupons.
Many retail stores will have their own coupon site right on the website. For example, Target’s Ways To Save Program offers the best in-store and online coupons in one easy-to-navigate spot.
Credit Card or Shopper Rewards Programs
I never purchase something online without a credit card reward associated with it. As a Chase Freedom member, the ultimate rewards mall offers extra points for clicking on the vendors website through their site. Helpful tip: Internet Explorer does not support this program. Open a FireFox or Google Chrome window to ensure you don’t miss your points.
If you don’t have a credit card with a points program, consider a program like ebates.com, which pays you to shop through their links.