Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Online Shopping: How to Save Money

 Happy Cyber Monday! Online shopping is perfect for this time of year, because pretty much every store is packed all. of. the. time. from now until Christmas!  I would say that I have been doing most of my shopping online lately, just because it's more convenient while I'm at school. There was a time a couple of months ago when I would find myself in the office of my apartment building picking up packages multiple times a week... (I went in one day and the receptionist looked at me and said, "Ariana Mount. I'm guessing you're here for a package pickup?") yeah... that happened.. 

I feel like I've learned some ways to save some money while shopping online, and I'm excited to share those with you today!

1. SIGN UP FOR EMAILS// This may seem like a no-brainer, but this is almost always a sure way to save at least 10% on your purchase. Usually when I go to a website, there will be a pop-up prompting you to sign up for the site's email subscription and get a percentage off of the first purchase, so this is pretty easy to find. If I know I won't be shopping at that store again, there's always the option to unsubscribe from their emails after I use the code. Also, if you know that you will continue shopping there, I would definitely recommend staying signed up. (I have an email just for stores/junk mail that I don't regularly check, but instead I search for a specific store's latest emails when I'm ready to purchase from their site to learn about current promotions and see if they've sent any discount codes.)

2. ADD TO CART// If I'm considering buying something but am unsure, I will add it to my cart anyways. A couple days later, some websites will send you a "you left an item in your cart" email with a coupon code encouraging you to complete your order. This works more for sites like Amazon, but Forever 21 has done something similar for me in the past as well. 
(This usually only works if you're signed into an account on the website)

3. CHECK FOR FREE SHIPPING// This one also may seem like a no-brainer, but checking a store's free shipping policy can save you so much money. A lot of websites I shop on have "free shipping on orders over ____" policies. On the other hand, Nordstrom always has free shipping and returns, so I usually check their site if I'm looking to buy a specific item.

4. SEARCH FOR COUPON CODES// Right before I'm ready to buy something, I'll usually google the store name and "coupon code" to see if anything comes up. Normally sites like Groupon and Retailmenot have codes, but they don't always work. It's always worth a shot though!

5. SOCIAL MEDIA// If I shop at a store frequently, I almost always follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Not only does this allow you to see their new items right when they're released, you sometimes get access to special deals that are only for the company's "followers". I have seen this so many times, especially on companies' snapchat accounts. 

Those are all of the tips I have on how to save some extra cash while you're holiday shopping! Let me know if you have any other tips that you have discovered! 

Thanks for reading!
-Ariana













1 comment:

  1. Hey Ariana - thanks for stopping by after I linked to your gift guide. I can't believe your blog is only one month old. Go girl! I wanted to point you to an older post of mine that's called becoming an online shopping ninja. My fave tip - use ebates. Link to sign up and lots more tips in this post: http://ericafinds.com/2014/06/become-an-online-shopping-ninja/

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