Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Easy Ways To Save Money When You're Shopping Online

I have a love/hate relationship with online shopping. I love it because I can literally do it at any time of the day, in my pyjamas whilst eating a tub of Ben & Jerrys. But it's also the reason I'm constantly poor. Because what do I do whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps or just a bit bored? I'll have a leisurely browse of the Topshop 'new in' section and abuse my bank balance in the process. So, if you're a fellow online shopping addict, here are a few easy ways to save a bit of money in the whole process...

ALWAYS check for a discount code
Honestly, I thought that this was a well known fact when online shopping? But apparently not because every time my boyfriend is about to buy something online, I'll ask him if he's checked for a discount code and he'll look at me blankly. Come on, man. Everyone knows that before buying ANYTHING online - you should always google 'x discount code' first. So if you're about to buy a new dress from Topshop then just google 'Topshop discount code' or 'Topshop free delivery' - something along those lines. Likewise for whatever shop it might be. There won't always be a code available but it's definitely worth a check! 

Wait until payday/the end of the month
Now, not everyone will get paid at the end of the month but, because most people do, shops love to offer 'payday deals' around that mark. Because they're sneaky and know that as soon as we get paid, we'll hit the shops, so they obviously come up with lots of enticing deals to lure everyone in. So, it's worth waiting until the end of the month, if you're planning on making a big purchase online, as it's likely most shops will offer some form of deal when that time comes around - such as a certain percentage off when you spend x amount or free delivery. 

Use cashback sites
I must apologise to any regular readers of my blog as I bang on about cashback sites all the time but, seriously, if you're not using them? You need to. Sign up to TopCashback or Quidco and literally just go on to their website first - before you buy anything - and then click through to the particular shop that you're looking to buy something from. The cashback site will then 'track' your purchase and you'll get a percentage back of what you've spent. Sometimes it'll just be pennies but if you're spending a fair bit, it's well worth it. For example, I got £50 cashback from booking a holiday in July - a holiday I would have booked irregardless so it was basically a free £50. (Just make sure your ad blockers are turned off so it tracks!)

Sign up to shop newsletters
Now, I'm torn with this one because sometimes it's worthwhile but it's also seriously fucking annoying getting daily emails from some companies. So only do it with the ones you genuinely really like and are likely to shop with. But signing up to newsletters just means that you'll get sent exclusive discount codes occasionally and will also get notified of sales and stuff before other people. I think New Look are particularly good with this as I've had a £10 off voucher from them quite a few times now.

Shop around!
Obviously this depends on what you're shopping for but, for example, if I was looking for a Clinique mascara, I wouldn't just go to the Clinique website and buy it. Nah-uh. Instead, I'd check Clinique, Boots, Debenhams, HoF and Feel Unique (as I know they all stock it) to see which was selling it the cheapest or if any of them had a good deal on. Then I'd make my decision! You'll be surprised at how the cost and offers can differ for the exact same product. 

Now I want to know - how do you save money when online shopping?

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