Online shopping can be such a time saver. No cold (or hot) car to get into. No crowds to deal with. No kids whining about junk at the checkout. Plus, you save gas which saves money. You can also save money shopping online with these secrets.
Honey is a Chrome extension that will help you find legitimate coupon codes for online retailers and the best prices on Amazon. It is not spammy and you can earn Honey Gold points over time that translate to dollars that you can cash in for gift cards. Here's my Honey Gold after just a few months.
Honey detects lower prices of items in your Amazon shopping cart and shows you a price comparison and lets you make a seamless switch in your shopping cart if you want the lower priced item. If you're not an Amazon Prime member (you should be) or your not in a rush for your item you can save some cash. Plus, Honey will show you price history of items for sale on Amazon and can alert you to the a price drop.
Patience is not another app. Patience is sometimes more than a virtue – it's a money saver. Patience can yield you a 10-20% savings or more if you can control yourself. Here's how:
The other day I added some items to my VitaCost shopping cart on my phone. I didn't intend to check out on my mobile over public wifi so I waited until later that night. When I was checking my email I had one offering me a 20% discount off my shopping cart items if I completed my purchase. Woah! 20%. It ended up being a $9 savings!
Many companies offer a completion discount and it can be well worth the wait to see if they will.
Sign Up For Email Alerts
I know the last thing you want is more emails but you can easily mange them by setting up email rules or dragging and dropping promotional emails into a folder for later viewing.
Ask For The Discount
Got an email but opened it too late? Don't worry, chances are the company will honor the coupon code if you call or chat with their customer service team. Companies want your business and they aren't losing money by giving you 10% off so you shouldn't feel bad about asking.
I was contemplating a new service for my website one evening and their chat was offline for the night. I wasn't going to buy before getting some questions answered so I waited. There was a count-down timer for a 10% savings that expired at Midnight. When I chatted the next morning I asked if I could get that same offer and without hesitation she gave me a code to use. Another $9 savings.
Shop the Amazon Warehouse
You can save 10-20% by checking out the Amazon Warehouse Deals before you buy something from Amazon. It is easy to see if there are Warehouse deals available by clicking the “Buy Used” button on Amazon.
I bought my Shark vacuum certified refurbished from Amazon and saved $42.
When I asked in my Facebook group and my page, many of my readers said they use Ebates to earn rewards for shopping online. I'm not well-versed in Ebates yet but this review has me wanting to check it out even more.
Clear Your Browsing History Often or Go Incognito
Ever wonder why Chrome offers an Incognito browser option? Me too. I used to think it sketchy. Then I read how online retailers use cookie tracking to mark up prices of items you have previously searched for. Now that's sneaky!
By clearing your cookies and browsing history or using private browsing you avoid those search-related price hikes.
If your doing any online shopping these seven secrets can add up to big savings over time.
What are you tips for saving money with online shopping?
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