Online Shopping 101

by Janell on March 5, 2012

Do you shop online often? I do about 80% of my non – food shopping online! I shop online because it’s usually cheaper or about the same price, I can find coupon code, I can get cash back, and it’s delivered to my house! I love mail and I don’t have to waste my gas tracking down the good deals.

Here’s how I save the most money when I shop online.

Know your best price – Try to figure out how much you want to pay for a roll of paper towel (.50 cents/roll), toilet paper (.20 cents/roll), laundry soap (.06 cents per load), etc.

Look for coupon codes – I really like Retail Me Not. It’s really easy to navigate and you usually can find a code that will save you some money. If you are shopping at Amazon, make sure you check out the coupons.

Get Cash Back! – If you are doing any shopping online and you do not use a cash back site like Ebates, you are missing some FREE money!

Join the email newsletter of your favorite store – When they send out their newsletters, they sometimes have coupon code.

Comparison Shop – Check out Froogle and you can find how much it is being sold at other retailers.

Ask me :) Seriously, I love to find a deal. If there is something you need to find, please ask and I will do my best to find you a great deal!

My favorite stores are Amazon , Drugstore.com, Soap.com, Kohls.com, and Target.

What are your tips for saving money online?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Bonnie Caselman January 13, 2013 at 5:56 am

If I got more organized I think I could shop online more often but I’m such a buy it as you need it kind of shopper I can’t wait for the shippng time!

Katrina @ The Interrupting Cow January 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

I don’t buy a lot of consumables online, but I do buy most of our clothes, toys, gifts, etc online.

Marthalynn January 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

I have really become an online shopper in the last few years! Since we eat a lot of GF and organic items, it makes sense sometimes to stock up online if we can find a good deal. I love flash sale sites, too! My tip is before you buy an item on a flash sale site or ebay, check amazon because numerous times I’ve found that the “original retail price” is inflated and you think you’re saving a ton of money but you really aren’t.

Megan January 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

These are all very good ways to shop online! I shop for some of the harder to find items online.

Colleen Boudreau January 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I always check Retail Me Not & Ebates before buying anything online.. saves so much.

Sharon Siqueiros January 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I do almost all of my shopping online except for food.I’m a huge comparison shopper and look for free shipping and little extras for shopping with them….sometimes the price seems great til you see how much shipping is going to cost. May I also suggest buying handmade(for example Etsy etc)for gifts. Great prices and OOAK pieces!!

Janell January 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Good idea! Thanks for stopping by :)

JKAPS January 18, 2013 at 10:22 am

Subscribe to redbox.com. They will send you codes for free DVD rentals.

tami s January 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

I always compare prices to get the best buy. I also stream and use free redbox codes so no cable bill anymore.

Lindsey January 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I personally like shopping online, it seems like you can get better deals and some places offer free shipping…

Gina Brickell January 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Froogle is a new site for me that I’ll be checking out for sure. I don’t usually do a lot of online shopping for staple items around the house and really didn’t think you could get that good of a deal by even trying. Maybe I’m very wrong! I’m going to have to do a little research into this!

Cheryl L January 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for the reminders…I keep forgetting about ebates!

Trish F January 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I always forget to shop on cash back sites. I do have an amazon visa though and rack up some discounts that way. Great tips!

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