These days, most of us prefer to do our shopping online. After all, eCommerce makes life a lot easier. You don’t need to spend forever racing between different stores to make sur that you get the best deal, and you can reduce your petrol spend too.
Everything we need is available on the internet today. However, just because the online world is convenient, doesn’t mean that you don’t need to learn how to use it if you want to get the best results from your spending. There are a few tips that you can use to boost your chances of bigger savings when you’re shopping online.
1. Use Plugins
These days, many of the most popular browsers, including Firefox and Google Chrome, come with the option to add plugins to your online experience. These plugins can help with everything from alerting you when you get emails, to telling you when you can save money on the items in your basket. A plugin like the Honey app will automatically search through potential voucher codes and discounts whenever you’re on a website, so you can apply those savings automatically.
Apps like these make it easier to find ways of saving cash, without having to work too hard comparing prices and hunting down your own discounts online.
2. Plan Big Purchases in Advance
Planning big purchases in advance allows you to do a couple of things. First of all, you can think carefully about what you need, and make sure that you have enough money, from either your personal savings, or a loan to cover everything that you want to buy. Secondly, when you plan in advance, you make sure that you’re actively considering each purchase, rather than just passively spending money on things you don’t really need.
Another major benefit of planning your larger purchases, is that it means you can avoid over-spending by waiting until a sale goes live to purchase something. If you decide you need a new TV at the start of November, for instance, you can wait until Black Friday to get it.
3. Use Cashback Apps
Cashback apps aren’t as popular today as they used to be – but they can still have some value for certain consumers. With a cashback app, you use an affiliate link, rather than a direct URL to visit a company’s website. Using that affiliate link gives the person running the cashback app a reward, which means that they can also reward you with a slight rebate on your purchase.
You won’t save a fortune with most of these apps – maybe just 1 or 2% on each of your purchases. However, cashback apps allow you to access free money in return for buying the items that you would have bought anyway.
4. Pick Items Up in Store
One of the biggest benefits of online shopping is that you can have the products you buy delivered straight to your home. However if you have a way to visit a local store and collect your items instead, then you might be able to save some extra money on delivery fees. Although it’s a bit of a pain to go and collect the items that you want, you’ll still save time on things like browsing through the store and searching for alternatives from different shops.
If you can arrange to pick your order up at a time that you would have been running errands in that general area anyway, then you won’t have to worry about your pickup costing you any extra fuel money either. You can even use this strategy for selecting groceries online and picking them up from a collection point when you’re ready.
5. Always Compare Prices
Finally, when you’re shopping online, make sure that you always take advantage of the option to compare prices from different retailers. There are countless companies online today that are all competing for your business. Going onto Google and typing the name of the product you want to buy into the search engine will give you a list of potential stores to buy from.
If you click through to the Google “Shopping” tab, then you’ll be able to see the vendors that are offering the product that you want, and the price that they’re willing to sell it for. This quick extra step in your online buying journey could help you to track down some much cheaper versions of the items that you want. Remember, you can compare anything, from groceries, to new radios.