Tricks to help you nab the best dealsBy FamilyFeatures.com
Thanks to ever-expanding online options, we’re in a new era of mail-order shopping. The benefits to shopping online include skipping lines and enjoying the comfort of browsing in your PJs.
One of the biggest draws, though, is the potential money savings. Once you have a few tricks in place, scoring savings online can be more lucrative and easier than coupon clipping.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your online shopping.
Email subscribers can get some of the best deals that retailers offer, and they regularly find out about sales and promotions. Some stores even give you a coupon for 10 percent off or more just for signing up. If you don’t want to clutter your main email inbox, consider setting up a separate email address for retail offers. You can create free accounts with several email providers, including Gmail, AOL and Yahoo.
Some member-based programs are expanding their partnerships with other retailers to offer enhanced benefits. Keeping tabs on the latest offers can ensure you’re maximizing your membership. An example of a marketplace partnership is Woot.com, which features daily deals on items and offers free shipping for Amazon Prime members.
Wait to confirm an order until first checking to see if there are any discount codes available. Some retailers make it easier than others by having a code tool built into their checkout screen, but if they don’t, it can be worth the extra time to find, and enter, current codes. Coupon code websites include RetailMeNot.com and DealTaker.com.
Flash sales, daily deals
Many online retailers specialize in daily deals and site-wide offers, which you can explore by visiting the individual sites or, in some cases, registering for notifications. Be aware that many of these deals are available for a limited time and in limited quantities. It’s to your advantage to understand how often your favorite sites post new deals and the flash sales they offer. Some of the best ways to stay connected are by subscribing to the site’s newsletter or following the site’s social media channels.
Shopping cart savvy
Retailers have become quite sophisticated at monitoring shoppers’ habits. While it may feel a little invasive, it can pay off to your advantage. For example, let’s say you have an account with a company. Try logging onto its website, then place an item you’d like to purchase in your shopping cart. But instead of completing your order, simply close out of the website. It’s possible you’ll receive an email within the next day or two with a discount offer to motivate you to complete your purchase.
If your purchase isn’t time-sensitive or you have some flexibility, take advantage of free shipping offers. Look for sites that provide free shipping for shoppers, or those that regularly run free shipping promotions.
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