Shopping on the Internet is the best and easiest way to score great deals. Online stores usually offer lower prices than local stores, and they also have a wider selection of products for you to choose from. Also, there are numerous tools available on the Internet that can help you find the best deals. Here are a number of effective ways to save money when shopping online.
According to an analysis by Extrabux.com, the prices of certain types of products may change over the course of the week. From Monday to Wednesday, you may find that items such as computers, TVs, video games, electronics and jewelry are several dollars or tens of dollars cheaper. The prices of books are lower by one or two dollars on Saturday, and household appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers generally cost about ten dollars less on Sunday.
Using deal websites is one of the most efficient ways to score good deals online. These websites can help you search for deals on all kinds of products and services from reputable online stores, and they also post daily deals on their home pages or forums. They can also send you alerts on the latest deals via email or RSS. Examples of popular deal websites include dealnews.com, GottaDeal.com, Offers.com and Slickdeals.net.
It is recommended that you look for coupon codes first before you purchase any product or service on the Internet. If you are able to find a coupon code for the item you wish to buy, you can get a discount by entering the code during checkout. Coupon codes can be found either on the websites of retailers or coupon websites such as Coupons.com, CouponCabin.com and RetailMeNot.com.
Getting cash back is another great way to save money. There are cash-back websites that offer their members rebates from online retailers and manufacturers. Rebates can vary significantly from one store to another, but they usually give you at least five percent cash back on purchases. Ebates.com and Extrabux.com are two of the best places to get rebates.
Finding a good price or discount does not mean that you will eventually get a good deal. You also have to consider the shipping fee you need to pay. FreeShipping.org is a website where you can get free-shipping coupons for thousands of online stores, including Amazon, Best Buy and Target.
The best time to shop for certain products or services is when they are not in high demand. This is especially true if you are buying apparel products. You can find great bargains on winter clothes in summer and save substantially on camping gear in winter.
According to The Loyalty Box post on Loss Leader Promotions, “these have traditionally only been used by bigger retailers who want to squeeze out the competition.” However, greater numbers of smaller retailers are starting to employ this strategy, providing even more opportunity for you to save money. A loss leader is simply something offered by a retailer at a substantial discount in order to get more business. As long as you stick only to those item(s), without spending money on other regular priced merchandise, you’ll be able to save a substantial amount of cash.
It is worthwhile to spend some time looking for good deals when you are shopping online. You may be surprised how much you can save with just a few minutes of research.
Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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