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When you’re eagerly filling up a shopping cart online, it can be easy to lose track of your spending. Especially when it’s the holiday season and you’re feeling more compelled than ever to splash out on buying gifts and end-of-year treats! Here are five ways to help you get the best deals when shopping online:
1. Choose Quality Over Quantity
Be intentional and practical about every item you purchase (at least, make this your aim). By committing to finding the best version of your desired product, you can avoid impulse buying novelty items or buying something cheaply-made that will need to be replaced sooner and cost more in the long run. Homewares and kitchen items make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for family members. Just make sure when you buy cookware online that you choose high-quality brands over their budget counterparts.
2. Keep A Long-Term Shopping List
In order to be intentional and quality-focused with your purchases, you need to have a shopping list or wishlist ready as soon as you possibly can. Not only will this help you keep focused on finding the right items, but it will also give you time to track sales and promotions for your desired items so you can buy at the best time. Fail to do this, and you risk getting lured in by tempting sales messages when you’re comparing different products, prices, and websites.
3. Sign Up For Memberships And Email Lists
Email lists for brands and retailers can seem like annoying clutter, but if you stick to your shopping list, you can actually use them to your advantage. By joining memberships and loyalty schemes for the brands you like and the retailers selling your Wishlist items, you can reap the rewards of customer loyalty. Top benefits include special member pricing, exclusive discounts, money back offers, and more. Similarly, look out for newsletter and email promotions before you purchase your desired items – you never know what you may find.
4. Download and Use A Coupon Code Browser Extension
Coupon codes and promo codes are all over the internet, and while you may get lucky trying to search for them online, it’s faster and a lot more effective to use a coupon code plugin. This doesn’t involve a complicated installation process. In fact, many popular coupon code plugins are free and easy to download onto your web browser.
When you’re checking out, the extension will automatically research promo codes and coupons from across the internet and notify you about any you can use for your purchase. Some also have features that will monitor products you place in your cart over time and notify you if a price drop is detected!
5. Leave Items In Your Cart For A Few More Days
Leaving items in a shopping cart and then failing to checkout is referred to by retailers as ‘shopping cart abandonment’ and it’s one of the easiest things you can do to save some extra money off your shop. Online shoppers have found that with some brands, they have received random discount codes after leaving their cart. Of course, this doesn’t always work, but if you’ve followed through with the above tips and can afford to play the waiting game, there’s a chance you could be rewarded for your patience.
Now you know how simple these money-saving hacks are, it’s time to get started on your shopping list!