These 12 tips will help you save money whilst shopping online.
1. Make a shopping list
Always try to consolidate your purchases. Make a shopping list then use a search engine that lets you search your entire list for the lowest total price for the entire list. Amazon offers the ability to consolidate purchases at their site, but often the purchases come from different sellers so you actually don’t save on shipping charges after all.
2. Shopping list search engine
A better solution is a shopping list search engine such as onestopshoppinglist.com which finds the lowest seller of all the items in your shopping list (including of course Amazon), but also obscure sellers which often have really low prices.
3. Money back
Also use sites that will offer you money back in the future such as Ebates.com. This site lets you sign up for free and save between 1% and 25% on loads and loads of online merchants. (The average savings is 2%-4%)
4. Coupon sites
Check out coupon sites to see if there are coupon codes available for the website you are trying to use. Unfortunately, many of the “offers” on these sites are just ads for various sales and specials and just lead you to a website rather than actually provide a code to save you money.
5. Frequent flyer
Check any Frequent Flyer Programs to see if they allow you to earn miles by shopping online.
6. Comparison sites
Try searching for the product you are looking for on comparison sites such as Froogle (froogle.google.com) and Shopping.com, but beware that they do not check every site and will often show you results that do not actually lead to a product, and do not account for shipping charges, which can vary a lot between websites.
7. Free delivery
Try ordering catalogs from Catalogs.com, as they sometimes offer exclusive offers that can be used online, as well as customer ID numbers which allow the companies to identify where you got them from which can yield discounts once in a while.
Consider investing in One time fee or low cost membership programs of various websites to see if you can offset the cost of the membership with saving. This is great for avid book reader or movie watchers (since they offer DVDs at great prices) or student who need lots of textbooks.
Always check eBay for the product(s) that you are looking for, as you can often find unbelievably good deals on new and mint condition stuff.
11. Store cards
If you don’t mind the extra work and separate bills, it is often a good idea to get the credit cards of various stores, sports teams, etc. Of course, you can cancel if you don’t want the extra bills and you can’t use or don’t want whatever long-term saving it may offer.
12. Online retailer stores
If the online retailer has a store near you, consider stopping by for the following reason. If you want something that is not in stock in the store, you can often order it from their website with free shipping. Sears goes even further as to allow customers to order anything from the website with no shipping charges. Of course, this kind of defeats the point of shopping online, but I thought I’d mention it.