If your shopping habit is starting to deplete your wallet, you may want to look at ways of treating yourself without breaking the bank. Although spending the day out at the mall may be fun while it lasts, you’ll very rarely find great deals on the store floors. Get online for some of your shopping and you could save a little cash without sacrificing your retail therapy.
- Search for discount coupons
Lots of stores offer discount codes on their online products; have a look around for special coupon offers that you can use to reduce the price of your shopping bill once you’ve picked what you want. RetailMeNot is a good example of a discount code site, but you can usually find things through search engines too.
- Time your shop
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the days in which online retailers are most likely to drop their prices in order to compete with weekend sales in traditional stores, so time your browsing right to save the most money.
- Google your product
Although you may have found something you want to buy one particular website, have a quick search online before you commit to buying from that particular page. If you search for the product, you may find the same thing available on a different website at a lower cost.
- Cut shipping costs
Become a member of Freeshipping.com, a website which will get you free shipping from over 1,000 online stores. You can get an initial free trial, and then for a low monthly membership fee you can cut your online shopping bills if you shop often.
- Use ebay!
Whatever you’re looking for, you should be able to find it on this huge auction website, from vintage clothes to cellphones and art. Try your hand at bidding and you can find great deals on unique second hand items that can be far cheaper and way more interesting than your usual mall purchases.