Seven Simple Steps to Save on Your Online Shopping
Do you love to shop as much as I do? It's even more fun when
I can shop and save money, too. Here are a few of my
favorite ways to save time and money when shopping.
1. Compare prices on a shopping comparison site
Find the best price (and save a lot of time surfing) by
using price comparison websites like Shopping.com,
PriceGrabber.com, NexTag.com, Epinions.com, MySimon.com and
others. Be sure to check more than one since some sites
only list certain stores.
2. Lose the mall. Surf the online malls instead
Just like a regular mall, an online mall groups the best
stores all in one place. In this case, the stores are all
accessible from one website. Online malls are so much more
efficient than the regular mall. You save time because
there's no waiting for a parking space, no fighting the crowds
and no waiting in long lines. You can save more money using an
online mall than a regular mall. Many online malls give you
cash back rebates on each of your purchases through their
store links. Rebates can be up to 25%.
3. Make sure your plastic pays you
Cash back credit cards offer another great way to save even
more money on your purchases. My credit card gives us 1%
back every time we use it. Rewards vary depending upon the
store you're buying from and what items you purchase. Other
cards provide airline miles or even let you save for college
while you are shopping.
4. Clip those codes
Don't forget to use online discount codes and coupons to
save even more. The best way to get these codes is to sign
up for a store's e-mail newsletter. Notice of the site's
sales and specials will be sent directly to your e-mail.
Another way to find codes is to use your favorite search
engine and search for the site name along with the word
"coupon," "discount" or "promotion code." If you are using
an online mall, be sure to check it too. Most malls
maintain a selection of coupons for their members.
5. Always get free (or almost free!) shipping
When shopping online, watch for times when you can get free
shipping. You can save anywhere from a few dollars on up.
Use the search engine technique above to look for the
website name with "free shipping."
6. Give an electronic gift certificate
Are you shopping for a special someone? Let her decide what
she wants and where she wants to buy it by giving her an
online "super" certificate from GiftCertificates.com. If you
need a last minute gift, you can e-mail the gift certificate
to the recipient. Save even more when you buy these certificates
through an online mall. GiftTracker.com even has certificates
to my local mall (perfect for teacher gifts), restaurants, spas
7. Avoid the long lines at discount stores and visit
their websites instead
Some of the best discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target
have an online store to save you time. Instead of standing
in lines, get your purchases delivered to your door when you
About the Author
Want to know more about online malls and other ways to save?
Visit the Discount Shopping Service Guide where Julie Hood is a
senior contributing editor and writes about saving money shopping
Written by: Julie Hood
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