Shopping Online

How to Shop Online and Save Money

Not long ago, online shopping was new and exciting. Retailers realized they could reach a much larger demographic online than in their physical locations. Some scoffed at the idea while others embraced it. Now, online sales usually surpass traditional brick-and-mortar sales two-fold. In fact, as the rise of online shopping continues to climb, especially with the pandemic, many never even set foot inside a physical location anymore.

But as convenient as it is, saving money when shopping online takes skill. Since you and probably everyone you know shops virtually, retailers take full advantage of this. Scarcity isn’t an issue, so there’s really no reason to offer incentives when people flock online. However, just because retailers aren’t bending over backwards with discounts doesn’t mean you can’t save money. Here are 12 ways you can shop online and still save money.

Stack Coupons

If you do your grocery shopping online, you can stack all your virtual coupons. Since most grocery stores offer digital coupons, you can use those and others that you find on the manufacturer’s website. Other retailers offer coupon stacking, so you don’t need to limit stacking for your groceries. You can also reap the rewards at the following retailers:

  • Gap
  • Kohl’s
  • Old Navy
  • Target
  • Macy’s
  • Walgreens
  • CVS
  • Ulta

Use Promo Codes

Promo codes are another great way to save money. If you’re already on a brand’s email list, you can use the ones they send you. You can also search online for promo codes as well. Influencers who are promoting your favorite products usually offer promo codes for you to use for online purchases.

Abandon Your Cart

No business wants to lose a sale, so they’ll do just about anything to seal the deal. The best way to do this is fill your cart with everything you want to buy. Instead of checking out, click off the website. If you’re on the brand’s email list, they’ll send you discount codes you can use to complete your purchase.

Buy in Bulk

Similar to shopping online, buying in bulk can save you plenty of money. The key to maximizing your savings is stocking up on the items you know you’ll use. For example, if you use a certain type of toothpaste and you see it’s on sale, buy as many as you can. Some retailers do limit the quantity, so be sure to check the fine print.

Sign Up for Subscriptions

In addition to buying your favorite products in bulk, you can also save money by signing up for monthly subscriptions. You then choose how often you want delivery and which products you want as well. If you love snacking, you should try out a monthly snack subscription box, like those from Munch Addict. You’ll get to try a variety of snacks from around the world that taste great and let you explore different cultures.

Schedule Seasonal Purchases

To save money during the holidays, you need to shop early. Retailers usually start promoting seasonal products several months before, so schedule your seasonal purchases early. You’ll not only pay less, but also have a better chance of finding exactly what you’re looking for.

Sign Up for Exclusive Deals

Signing up for exclusives gives you first dibs on any upcoming promotions. Most brands will offer promotions that aren’t given to the general public and pre-launch specials too. If you’re bombarded with emails, you can always unsubscribe.

Shop Pickup

You can save on delivery fees by scheduling curbside pickup. All you need to do is choose the things you want, pay and then schedule a time to pick it up. You can use coupons and promo codes to save money when picking up purchases as well.

Comparison Shop

As tempting as it is to click and enter buy, you really need to comparison shop. Check out the prices at two or three large retailers prior to purchasing your items. If you find it for less, most merchants will price match. Just make sure they can verify the price prior to asking for a discount.

Use Money Saving Apps

You should also check out money saving apps before you go shopping. After uploading your receipt, these apps will provide instant rebates when applicable. Some of the best ones to test drive are Ibotta, Fetch and Checkout51.

Use a Cash Back Credit Card

If you use credit, always try to use a card that offers money back. Discover, Target and even Amazon offer up to five percent back on all purchases. You can then use the money to pay off your balance or use towards another purchase.

Treat Yourself

Finally, create a savings account that you use to treat yourself. Determine how much you want to spend and start saving. Once you reach your goal, you can reward yourself without feeling like you spent too much money.

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About the Author

Dylan Roberge

Dylan Roberge is a San Francisco-based writer and editor with over a decade of experience covering money saving and deal hunting. Before going freelance, he got his start as an editor at Yahoo Finance. These days he writes about mobile, tech gadgets, and lifestyle subjects for a variety of publications.