Let’s face it, online shopping is here to stay. The convenience of using your computer, tablet or smartphone and have a plethora of retailers at your fingertips means that you need to know where to shop and when. Too many options can be overwhelming. So what can you do to make your search for the best online deals faster and more reliable? Check out the list below for some tips:
Buy in Sets
It can seem like searching for a needle in a haystack when shopping online. The best deals are often found when you buy in sets. Take buying kitchenware like pots and pans for example. You may want to only buy one saucepan or one 5.5in frying pan? What retailers don’t tell you is that is it often cheaper per item to buy a set rather than each individually. By buying in a set you also have the added benefit of all of the pieces matching. Most of the best cookware sets are also built to be stackable with each other.
The same can be said for buying bed linens. It is always cheaper per item to buy a full set of bed sheets than buying individual ones. Again, you get the added benefit of having all of your pieces match so you’re not stuck searching for separate sheets and shams that may or may not go together.
Buy in Bulk
Whether you have a small home-based business or you are buying gifts for multiple people, it is almost always more cost-effective to buy in bulk. Essential oils, lotions, snacks and even glassware can all be found at bulk pricing online for just one shipping fee. Or, if you buy enough product, you can usually opt for free shipping. If there are products that you know you will use, such as toilet paper and laundry detergent, you can find lower prices when buying in bulk.
Subscribe and Save
Setting up a regularly scheduled delivery for products that you use steadily year-round is another way to save some cash while ordering online. Amazon may have popularized this service, but many online shopping outlets allow you to subscribe for similar services with an added discount on things such as dog food, your favorite facial cleanser and moisturizer, or that hand sanitizer everyone in your household uses. Make sure you select the coupon to subscribe for the delivery and get the extra percentage discount on all your later purchases. These services usually require you to create an account and add a credit or debit card so make sure to build that cost into your budget.
Utilize your Spam Email
Remember all of those websites you visited that have asked you to sign up for their newsletter? Most of those sites send emails that have been identified as spam and sent to your trash folder. Those emails, however annoying, also contain specials and coupons. These email subscriptions often offer free SMS messages notifying you of flash sales and online deals. Pick your favorite clothing retailers or prescription refill sites and eliminate the rest of the spam.
Never Pay for Shipping
This is the easiest tip of the bunch. Save your shopping for when you have enough in your cart to qualify for free shipping, which is available from most online retailers. Or combine your order with one of your friends and share that free shipping.
The best thing about these tips is that you can use all of them at once and have savings on top of savings for your next online shopping spree.