Everyone loves a bargain, and there is truly no better way to get the best out of the deals than shopping online. Rather than walking for miles and wasting shoe leather (and time), you can shop from the comfort of your own home, enjoying refreshments and snacks while you surf the world wide web. You don’t need to worry about filling the car with gas, or stress over finding a parking space. There are several different ways you can save more money, and the following tips are going to help you on your way. Discover a whole new way of shopping and save yourself a heap of dollars and cents.
Make Sure You’re Getting an Unbiased Price
Online retailers have started using very sophisticated methods and will think nothing of showing higher prices depending on where you’re shopping from and your shopping habits. It’s called dynamic pricing. For example, have you ever looked at flights and been amazed when you check the same deal 24 hours later, and the price has doubled? It is possible to fool the technology by:
- Clearing your browsing history and cookies
- Logging out of social media, email and Google+ accounts
- Try anonymous browsing
- Use localized websites
Pick the Right Day to go Shopping
Sunday may feel like the best day to go shopping, after all, there’s not much else to do! However, you’ll find much better deals if you go online on weekdays. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays seem to be popular days for retailers to roll out their discounts. On these days it’s easier to find deals and shop during sales on luxury retailers website.
Shop Smartly Using Coupons
It can be very tempting to spend your coupons as soon as you receive them. However, if you’re patient, you’ll be able to use them to your advantage. For example, wait until a retailer has a sale and then use your coupons. There are online coupon sites that are worth checking regularly. Groupon.com, Coupons.com, and Retailmenot.com are just a few examples. Ebates is another site worth checking out because you can get cashback as well as use coupons.
You’re already online shopping so why not take advantage of comparison sites? There are specific sites you can look at, or you can use a browser add-on such as PriceBlink. It’s available for both Chrome and Mozilla and works by pulling different prices from a variety of online retailers. These are then organized into a chart. You’ll even be informed when coupons are available. PriceGrabber is another app that does much the same thing. The advantage of this app is that it can scan barcodes, so you can use it while you’re in your normal store. It also includes taxes, shipping and other costs to give you a “bottom line price.”
One last tip worth mentioning is to leave items in your cart for a few days. Just walk away and take the time to think and you might come back and find the retailer is desperate to close the deal and has decided to make a better offer.
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