Online shopping has been recognized to be a convenient and money-saving way. Generally speaking, you will save 10% to 50% by making purchase online comparing with brick-and-mortar store. I am a fanatical online shopper. Over the years, I have gathered wide experience in saving money when shopping online. I would like to share all my experience with everybody.
Tip1. Compare the price before making decision
Compare the price of your target product in different stores by visiting comparison shopping websites, and you will find the most favorable one. But never try to get things on the cheap. Pie is never in the sky. For example, a pair of Nike shoes costs $80 locally and about $40 online, you can resolutely exclude the store who offers $10 only. Otherwise, you will be one of sharers to provide experience about being cheated and reference for others. Searching Google should remind that you are not alone.
Tip2: Look at the detailed description of product carefully
Quite often, product with the same name and looks alike is not the same. Especially when you are choosing electronic product, do make sure that the configuration is completely the same. Sometimes, a subtle distinction makes a great difference in price.
Tip3: Consider important factors
Take factors such as shipping and return policy into consideration instead of depending on product price only. For instance, a pair of eyeglasses is $100 in GlassesShop.com with free shipping, and $95 in another store with $10 on shipping. It is obvious the former one is better. Return policy is very important, especially in purchasing valuable things.
Tip4: Take advantage of coupon
It is also one merit of online shopping to use coupon code. Most online stores will provide coupon periodically and update frequently. You can go to websites such as retailmenot.com where provides hundreds of thousands of coupon codes. It is comprehensive and you can find coupons for almost all stores.
Tips5: Make the best of cash back shopping
Once you get a clear target, go to the store website and make a purchase via sites that provide cash back for customers, and you will get 5% – 20% cash back. Make sure that the store is in the list of merchant in cash back website. Here are some popular cash back websites: fatwallet.com, ebates.com, mrrebates.com, extradime.net and so on. Some Credit Card official websites also offer cash back. The credit card owner is subjected to enjoy the preferential treatment.
All above is based on my personal experience, only for your reference. Online shopping is money-saving only when it is done correctly. Hope this helps. I will continually dig more tips about saving money and share with everybody.