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Posted by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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5 Sneaky Online Shopping Tips That Will Save You Crazy Cash

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 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 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 11:10 AM
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meam4444
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Amazon.com....I put items in my cart and just let them sit there (since I can put them as "save for later").  I watch the prices as they hop around.  Amazon is awesome...I've been able to score some pretty awesome deals on it.

meam4444
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Oh and amazon prime is phenomenal..totally worth the membership fee

celestegood
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM
I love amazon. I use them a lot.

Quoting meam4444:

Amazon.com....I put items in my cart and just let them sit there (since I can put them as "save for later").  I watch the prices as they hop around.  Amazon is awesome...I've been able to score some pretty awesome deals on it.

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celestegood
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM
It totally is!!!!!!!!!!! I have had it for a year now, and I have never, ever regretted it!

Quoting meam4444:

Oh and amazon prime is phenomenal..totally worth the membership fee

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meam4444
by Gold Member on Dec. 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

We bought a Roku player, so we can stream the instant video on our TV.  And, we can buy movies which aren't free..but there are so many which are included with the Prime membership.  I love it just for that!  And, then to have the free two day shipping. 

Quoting celestegood:

It totally is!!!!!!!!!!! I have had it for a year now, and I have never, ever regretted it!

Quoting meam4444:

Oh and amazon prime is phenomenal..totally worth the membership fee


celestegood
by Gold Member on Dec. 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM
We used to have one of those. They work very well, and it has so much for the kids on there. I loved it! We sold it, and I wish we had kept it. I might get another one.

Quoting meam4444:

We bought a Roku player, so we can stream the instant video on our TV.  And, we can buy movies which aren't free..but there are so many which are included with the Prime membership.  I love it just for that!  And, then to have the free two day shipping. 

Quoting celestegood:

It totally is!!!!!!!!!!! I have had it for a year now, and I have never, ever regretted it!



Quoting meam4444:

Oh and amazon prime is phenomenal..totally worth the membership fee


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Rachel0610
by Rachel on Dec. 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I don't shop online a lot since I am a pretty hands on shopper

jenn4443
by Member on Dec. 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I am addicted to eBay.
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Melissa_anne
by Representative on Dec. 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

i have never tried Amazon, but i might start.  We have had such bad luck shopping online.  twice now someone has gotten ahold of our info and bought things, first it was our credit card in August and then this month someone took our debit info and bought $250 worth of make up, the person was from Spain.  we are really cautious now about shopping online

celestegood
by Gold Member on Dec. 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Lol my mom is too.

Quoting jenn4443:

I am addicted to eBay.
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