Who doesn’t love a bargain? There’s a certain feeling of satisfaction and joy at finding a good saving on something you really want to buy. What if you could have that feeling every time? With online shopping, it’s even easier to order the things you love and enjoy some super savings – all it takes is a few secret tips to get you started. Want to save money every time you shop? Read these top tips for grabbing those digital discounts below.
Subscribe to newsletters
Make a list of your favorite stores and the sorts of places you like to shop. Head to each of their web pages and sign up to receive their newsletters. Newsletter subscribers will be the first to find out about sales or promotions that can help you save money on your purchases. When you subscribe, you’ll often be given a discount off your first purchase – which is a great way to make an instant saving on something you were planning to buy. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you subscribe to Groupon too. You can get some amazing savings on top items through Groupon in addition to the restaurant deals and getaways. Create a folder in your inbox to make sure all your newsletters go there to stop your inbox being filled with constant emails.
Download the app
Many stores now have an app to go with their websites that make it even easier to shop on the move. It’s great to be able to shop your favorite stores on the move, but what’s even better is the notifications. If you download the app, you’ll always get alerted to the latest deals and is ideal for those who don’t check their emails frequently. Some stores will also offer app-only discounts which are worth taking advantage of if you get the chance.
ness for online and retail stores. By signing up to free clubs, you’ll receive discount vouchers, be able to collect points and benefit from exclusive deals and gifts. It’s worth sussing out what the different benefits are and waiting until the right opportunity comes along before you make a purchase so that you know you’re getting a good deal. Some of the best fashion loyalty schemes include ASOS and H&M, which offer some great discounts to people who join them.
Use wishlists to your advantage
Having a wishlist on a store can be so much more useful than just to bookmark items to purchase at a later date. If you’re savvy with your shopping, you can add items to your wishlist that you know you want to buy, but want to wait until they either go on sale or there’s a coupon available. Build up your wishlist so that when the sale periods arrive, you’ll already be able to pick from the things you want without having to search for them. There are some amazing tools for building wishlists from a range of different retailers that will help you manage all of the things you want to buy in one simple place.
Search for discounts
Before you buy something online, always check to see if there’s a discount. A simple Google search consisting of ‘store name + discount’ can help you find some great bargains and help you save money easily on your purchases. Other great places to search include Twitter and Instagram, where you might find some secret deals that only followers would know about. Getting a discount coupon isn’t always guaranteed, but in the majority of cases, you might be able to find one. If you’re planning to make a purchase when your next paycheque arrives and a discount becomes available before then, you might be able to take out a cash advance loan to cover you until you’ve got the money. Take the time to learn which retailers offer regular discount codes and which ones will only release them at key times of the year like Christmas or Black Friday.
Tease the retailer
Have you ever received a ‘you left something in your basket’ email? Some retailers will use your hesitation as a way to offer you a discount to help convince you to complete your purchase. It’s not a tool used by all websites, but with a bit of trial and error you can find the ones that work for you and play them to your advantage. If you were planning to make the purchase anyway, it doesn’t hurt to wait a little bit longer to see if there’s money to be made.
Shopping on eBay used to be for second-hand items that people no longer want. Things have started to change though, and now you could get a great price on something you really want. How many clothes do you have in your wardrobe that still have the labels on? Other people do to and many of those people will sell their unworn, unwanted goods on eBay for a fraction of what they would still cost online. Even if items have had one or two wears (especially occasion dresses or shoes), you could get a good deal on clothing that is as good as new but is missing the label. With eBay you can also save a search and receive alerts every time something matches your query – a great way to be notified of bargains without having to actively search yourself!
Join a cashback website
Even if you can’t always get a discount, you can still save money through using a cashback website. Topcashback, Quidco, and eBates are some of the best around and can help you save money each time you shop. All you need to do is log in to their websites, search for your retailer and click the link to be taken directly to the website – it’s that simple. It doesn’t cost you any more to shop from these websites, and you can use the money for gift cards or PayPal payments that can be used to save money on future purchases. Using a cashback website is a great way to save for a large or luxury purchase, and many bloggers use them to save up for designer goods they wouldn’t be able to afford outright.
Finding a good deal is a wonderful feeling, especially when it’s something you really want. Enjoy trying out these top tips and enjoy a great saving every time you shop.