I don’t know about you, but to me time is money. No longer are most of our days free to do the things we want to do. With today’s busy schedules, time is at a premium. One way to save time is by making online purchases. Online shopping has made the task of shopping much easier than it used to be in the past. But how can you save when making online purchases. Generally the price listed is the price, right? Well, not necessarily. Below are a few ideas that might make your online shopping more advantageous.
Idea #1: Chat online with a customer service representative and ask for a discount just like you would ask a sales person in a store. If the company doesn’t offer online chat services, call them up and ask for a discount. Explain that you are going to make the purchase but will need a discount. If they won’t give a discount, ask for free shipping.
Idea #2: Many times if you put purchases in the shopping cart and leave them without completing the purchase you will receive an email saying they noticed you did not complete your purchase and have left items in your shopping cart. The email will usually offer a discount or a discount code to make sure the transaction is completed.
Idea #3: Search online for coupon codes. Sites such as RetailMeNot.com, Offers.com, Coupons.com, Couponcodes.com, couponcabin.com, etc., are good places to begin your search. A basic Google search will pull up additional sites for coupon codes. Sometimes the codes work and sometimes they don’t but it is worth the time if you find a working code.
Idea #4: Another great tip is to buy discounted gift cards and then use those gift cards to make purchases. I have used this option a few times without any issues, but make sure your do your research before you make a purchase. Many sites are legit, but others may not be reputable. One site I recently researched is Cardpool.com. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Idea #5: Sign up for store email accounts and receive coupons via email. Stores often send emails with discounts or coupons for you to use for online and even in store purchases. If you don’t mind having a few extra emails each month, it might be a good option for you.
Idea #6: Use a cash back rebate site that offers 2% or more if you make the purchase through their website. We will discuss rebate sites more in depth in a later blog, so stay tuned for more information on this topic.