By Amy Braun-Bostich
Shopping and scoring great deals can be a wonderful feeling. However, online shopping can be dangerous for your financial plan and your wallet if you aren’t cautious. If you prefer to shop online in the comfort of your own home, make sure you find the best deals to get more bang for your buck with these seven helpful online shopping tips we’ve uncovered.
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Use Coupon Codes
If you think you can’t find a coupon code, look again! Coupon codes are always there, it just takes some searching to find them. Don’t pass up on the easy opportunity to save! That’s right, with only a little bit of searching, you can find some of the best deals online that could save at least 10–25% off your online order.
Shop on the Right Days
Have you ever noticed that there are better deals on certain days? Many stores roll out special discounts and deals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Instead of online shopping when it’s most convenient for you, consider shopping only on days that you know you will be able to save some extra cash.
Find Free Shipping
With so much free shipping these days, don’t settle for paying for shipping. With a little bit of searching and patience, you can buy just about anything online without paying for shipping. Take a look at FreeShipping.org to find free shipping codes and offers available at stores.
Let’s say you find an item online that you want to purchase, but you notice it’s cheaper on a competitor’s website, you can request a price match. Stores such as Kohl’s, Target and Walmart all offer price matches with their competitors. In the end, don’t settle for a price until you’ve done some research!
Leave Items In Your Shopping Cart
Abandoning items in your cart is a surefire way to get a discount. If you leave items in your shopping cart, many websites will send you a savings offer in a follow-up email to push you to complete your purchase. This is a great way to get a 10–20% off coupon code with little to no effort.
Pick Up In-Store
Free shipping not an option for an online purchase you are about to make? Most franchise stores that are local will also offer in-store pick up options free of charge. Not only will you save on unnecessary shipping and handling costs, but you’ll also be able to get your item quicker!
Follow Brands On Social
Many brands share special sales on their social media accounts. If you are a loyal customer to a certain shop or brand, follow them on social media and take advantage of being in the know of their top savings deals.
When done right, online shopping can save you a lot! Do your research and don’t settle for anything more than what you think you should be paying, and we can guarantee you that you (and your bank account) will be happy that you took the time to find the best deals, codes, and offers. We hope these seven tips will make you a pro online shopper who’s looking for deals to save in no time!
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Braun-Bostich & Associates Inc. a registered investment advisor. This information is being provided only as a general source of information and is not intended to be used as a primary basis for investment decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual investor. Please seek the advice of your advisor regarding your particular financial concerns. While the information is believed to be accurate, distribution of this material should not be considered an endorsement of any particular investment strategy, product or service described therein.