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How awesome is it that we can all save money shopping online? In most cases, you don’t have to leave your home and you can save a ton of money. If you’re interested in saving money, check out these 25 ways to save money shopping online.
While it's not listed below I feel the BEST perk about shopping online is the less chance to impulse buy. I can't tell you how many times I am at the store about to check out and the kids or the hubby tosses in last-minute things we DO NOT NEED. These items add up SO fast! With online shopping, they can not do that!
25 Ways to Save Money Shopping Online
When it comes to shopping, sometimes you have to do it online. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't try and save as much money as possible. Go ahead and check out these ways to save money shopping online. You may be surprised as to how many ways you can save!
Do a quick search
A quick search online will help you save a ton of money! The key is to use the right “keywords’ whenever you’re searching. An example would be “cheapest diapers on Amazon.” You get the idea. Don’t always go with the first link you see either. Do your research to help yourself find the best deal.
Find a coupon code
There are so many websites that dedicate their time and energy to finding YOU coupon codes. I actually don’t buy anything without searching for a coupon code first. I mean, if you can save a few bucks, why not go for it?
Ask the company
Do you want to save money on a particular item? Ask the company! Over the years, I have been able to save a lot of money by simply asking the company for a coupon code or a discount of some sort. Give it a try!
Related: Emailing for Coupons Company List!
Get on board with Amazon
I can tell you now that if you’re not using Amazon, you’re missing out on so much. It blows my mind how much you can save just by shopping with Amazon. You could literally grocery shop if you wanted through Amazon.com. Make sure you sign up for Subscribe and Save and Amazon Prime to get the best deals possible. Here are a few options I think are notable on Amazon that save you money:
- College Student? Get a 6-month trial of Prime. This gives you the Prime two-day shipping as well as exclusive deals and promos specifically for college students
- Do you have littles still in diapers? You really need Amazon Family. This will save you 20% of diaper subscriptions which in itself is a score but you also have the two-day shipping and exclusive coupons and promos.
- Love to watch movies and/or read? Amazon Prime is your new go-to! Included with a Prime membership is access to thousands of movies and TV episodes as well as borrowing books from Kindle. Also, don't forget the two-day shipping!
Follow money saving groups on Facebook
Usually, I hear about an awesome deal through social media. Whether a blog is sending out a notification or a friend got a good deal. I have even joined a few money-saving groups on Facebook! You never know when you will find a good deal and who will tell you about it.
Use the free site to store shipping
Are you ordering a big item and don’t want to pay for shipping? Utilize a free site to store shipping. Most companies offer this; you just need to take advantage of it. Walmart Grocery Pick Up is a big thing right now,
Utilize sites like eBay
I don’t think there are any other “auction” type sites that still work as awesome as eBay does. You can log in, find what you want, and have it shipped right to your house. I think eBay is the epitome of shopping online and buying what you want.
Simply look for the best deals
Shopping online really isn’t hard. You automatically save a ton of money because you don’t have to use gas to go anywhere. Really, you can almost always save more money when you buy online. I value my time and sometimes I save more time than I do anything, by shopping online.
Earn gift cards
You can actually save money shopping online by earning gift cards. I walk you through this awesome process with my tried and true solution.
Sign up for as many rewards programs as you can
If you’re going to be shopping online, sign up for as many rewards programs as you can! Hey, those little rewards really add up!
Sign up to receive newsletters from companies
If you agree to get added to the mailing list, most companies will send you a discount code. You can save a percentage of what you would’ve initially spent on different items, such as clothes, toys, and makeup. It may be best to set up an email address for these newsletters alone as you may get a lot.
Take advantage of special offers
Visit the websites of places you frequently shop to see if they’ve posted any special offers. Some companies want to reel customers in to make a purchase, so they’ll offer a unique promotion to help customers save.
Buy from online consignment shops
Much like buying from a traditional consignment shop, you can get great deals on high-quality items by visiting online consignment shops. Several great places to get designer clothes for cheap prices are ThredUp, Swap and even eBay.
Sign Up for text alerts to get discounts
Agree to sign up for text alerts to receive special discounts from companies. They’ll also send you text messages when they’re having special sales.
Use the Honey plugin when shopping on websites
If you’d like to always stay on top of the best coupons and discounts, you need to install and use the Honey plugin. It’ll provide you with the best coupon codes to use to maximize your savings while you shop.
Choose the right day to shop for items
If you want to save the most money, shop for items online on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Prices tend to rise by Friday and continue to stay higher until the end of Monday.
Take advantage of holiday sales
Most companies offer competitive pricing during the holiday season. You can find items at lower prices right before or directly after different holidays, including Christmas, Memorial Day, and July 4th.
Visit RetailMeNot to get the latest coupon codes
Visit RetailMeNot.com to get the latest coupon codes. You can use their search feature to look for codes that you can use on thousands of different websites.
Visit the bargain websites
Believe it or not, dozens of bargain websites exist. Some of these sites include SlickDeals, Ben’s Bargains, and DealCatcher.
Check Instagram for special discounts
Go to the Instagram page of some of your favorite brands and stores. You never know what they might post. Some companies use Instagram to promote discounts at random, helping their followers save money!
Follow couponers on TikTok
If you’ve got the TikTok app downloaded, use it to your advantage. You’ll find dozens of couponers on there who always have the latest online deals listed. You can follow their lead to save on items you were planning to buy.
Compare shipping costs
If two or more websites offer the same products, compare shipping costs. Even if one product is priced lower, the shipping could cost you more. It’s something you’ll need to pay attention to if you want to save money.
Enjoy birthday rewards
Most businesses will offer special items and discounts to customers on their birthday. Sign up for anything that offers a birthday reward to customers. This is one way to save money shopping online. I have a huge compiled list of birthday freebies you can start with!
Check the site from both the computer and phone
Visit a website from your computer, but look it at later from your phone. You might notice some mobile-only deals that you can use to your advantage.
Monitor price changes
Instead of buying on impulse, wait a few days. It’ll give you time to monitor price changes. Some of the items you want may end up costing less than you would’ve originally paid if you rushed into buying them.
What are some ways you save money shopping online? Share your tips in the comments!