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5 Sneaky Online Shopping Tips That Will Save You Crazy Cash - What online shopping tips do you have?

Posted by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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5 Sneaky Online Shopping Tips That Will Save You Crazy Cash

Posted by Nicole Fabian-Weber on December 18, 2012 

dog laptopAck -- did you get all your Christmas gifts yet? If you're anything like me, you didn't. And if you're really anything like me, you want to avoid stores, malls, and kiosks at all costs this time of year. Because they're out of control. And let's be honest -- they're so not filled with Christmas cheer.

I know it's not super festive, but online shopping is the way I roll for holiday gifts these days. And because it's the way I roll, I have some sneaky little tricks that will ensure you get the most bang out of your online shopping buck. Here are five seriously helpful online shopping tips.

Try to order the majority from one place. Two words: Free. Shipping. The one thing that makes me consider braving the crowds is the fact that I won't have to pay for shipping. But most places will ship everything free if you're over a certain price (usual $50). Some even just have a free shipping period this time of year.

Google for coupon codes. I know, I know. Most of the time the codes don't work. But sometimes they do. And it's worth a shot. Some sites I've had coupon code luck with are: Diapers.com; Yoyo.com; and Drugstore.com. (These sites, along with their sister sites, always have a crazy variety of products. You could probably get all your Christmas shopping done via them.)

Run more than one browser. Sign into your account with one, and be "unrecognized" with the other. Supposedly, sites know if you're a returning customer -- and they'll up the price a bit if you are. If you're visiting as a guest, you might be able to catch the difference in prices -- and snag the cheaper one.

Clear cookies from your browser. Same idea here, but you don't have to be running two browsers. If you can -- which you definitely might not be able to -- try clearing the cookies via the "help" or "preferences" tab on your computer. Cookies enable you to save your info on sites you frequent, letting companies know you're a returning customer. If they think you're "new", they'll be apt to lower prices for you.

Put an item in your basket -- then leave the site, abandoning your cart. Sometimes you might get a follow up email from the company, offering the product at a lower price. They're trying to win you back because they thought you left -- better they get some money out of you than none, right?

What online shopping tips do you have?

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Dec. 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I agree with all of the above!  Other tips?  compare prices at different sites, and look into the consumer feedback for each site/company.

Marz31
by Bronze Member on Dec. 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

signing up for emails from the companies usually gives you tips on big sales as well as coupon codes for your first order since signing up. then you can unsubscribe when the order is placed! 

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Dec. 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

yep i would usually look for free shipping and online discount codes as well

DawnPratt23
by Dawn on Dec. 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM
Use retailmenot for discounts and follow deal bloggers.
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Busymom2three
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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I use ebates in addition to the above mentioned. You get cash back anywhere from 3 to 15%!
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AzariahsMother
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM

tfs

AzariahsMother
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I have heard this one and often wonder if it really works


Put an item in your basket -- then leave the site, abandoning your cart. Sometimes you might get a follow up email from the company, offering the product at a lower price. They're trying to win you back because they thought you left -- better they get some money out of you than none, right?

ColieO
by Member on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM
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I do it all the time on Amazon. The prices change almost constantly. I don't get an email usually, but a notification that the prices changed if I return to my cart.

Quoting AzariahsMother:

I have heard this one and often wonder if it really works


Put an item in your basket -- then leave the site, abandoning your cart.
Sometimes you might get a follow up email from the company, offering
the product at a lower price. They're trying to win you back because
they thought you left -- better they get some money out of you than none, right?

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SparklingHope
by on Dec. 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Never knew about the browser! I do survey sites and swagbucks. Stuff like that and earn online money..when I don't have extra shopping money in the bank..there is always the online money!! haha. 

Oh and sigining up for emails. As much as it might fill your inbox and be annoying most of the time, there are some deals that happen once in a while. 

I like coupon sites on facebook that always post lightening deals on amazon and stuff like that. I like Budget Savvy Diva the best. Or Raining Hot Coupons. Or Coupon Pros. 

This kind of goes with the signing up for emails..go like the offical company on facebook. They're always posting freebies and good coupons that way too! I've gotten a free $5 bag of chocolate from Ghirardelli that way. :)

matreshka
by on Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I do everything except clear cookies. I never thought of that!

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