13 online shopping hacks that guarantee to save you time (& money!)

13 online shopping hacks that guarantee to save you time (& money!)

Why face queues and crowds when you can shop from the comfort of your own home? Online shopping is definitely convenient, but it can also save you money - more than you may have realised!

Today we're sharing online shopping hacks that anyone who buys online needs to check out. These tips will save you time, money and also help you to finally get the product you want in the size you need.

Enhance your online shopping experience today with our handy online shopping hacks!

How to save money on shipping

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Do you know how to get free returns?

A hefty shipping cost can really take the edge of your 'bargains'. If, like us, just the thought of shipping costs make you shiver, we have some handy online shopping hacks to help you dodge them.

1. Buy more to save more

Most companies do offer free shipping - if you spend over a certain amount, that is. If you haven't quite tipped over the amount to get this perk, there are two solutions:

  1. Add a small 'treat' to your bag - the way we see it, you may as well get something for your shipping cost. If you need to spend a fiver more to get free delivery, head over to the accessories department. Filter out the products to show only the items within the amount you need to spend to bag free delivery, and shop away. A new set of hair clips, a headband, some reduced slippers - give yourself a little treat and skip the shipping fee.
  2. Buy more than you need, and return it later - if you're nowhere near the amount you need to spend for free shipping, but refuse to pay it, consider bulking your order out. Whilst most companies don't offer free delivery, they do offer free returns. Fill up your basket with an expensive item you won't keep, and simply send it back when it arrives.

Free shipping has never been easier.

2. Shop around for free shipping

Companies like ASOS offer free shipping for most things, so it's worth shopping around before you purchase.

Once you've found what you want, do a quick Google search to see if it's available anywhere else that offers complimentary delivery. It'll take just a few minutes - a small price to pay to save £5 or so.

3. Collect in store

Heading into town this weekend? Then opt to have your order delivered in to store. Most companies offer this service free-of-charge so there's no need to reluctantly pay for shipping.

How to get discounts when shopping online

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Do you know this trick?

If you're still paying full price for your orders, you need to check out our other online shopping hacks. Below, we're revealing ways to get discounts when shopping online that work nearly every time.

4. Get Pouch - a free browser extension that shows you all the vouchers available

Don't spend time looking for vouchers - download Pouch, a free browser extension that pops up whenever you're shopping online and shows you all the offers available for that site.

Once you've tried it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Never pay full price for your online shopping again!

5. Be strategic about the days you shop

Did you know offers are more likely on some days than others? Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the days to shop for your best chance of bagging yourself a discount.

6. Sign up to the newsletter for offers

We know - the thought of receiving countless spammy emails each day isn't exactly appealing, however, joining up to your favourite shop's newsletter can have serious money-saving benefits.

  • Most places offer a sign-up discount that gets you 10% off your first order. Be sure to check before shopping!
  • You'll be the first to know about discounts, offers and future sales - hello bargain grabber!
  • You may also get birthday offers that are exclusive to you.

7. Why you should think about your shopping before purchasing

Giving yourself a while to think about whether you actually want something before clicking on the checkout button has several benefits.

Not only are you less-likely to impulse buy, but leaving your basket full and clicking off the page may result in an offer being sent your way. Many shops will email with a follow-up discount code to coerce you into finalising your order.

How to save money on your online shop

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Are you paying over the odds?

8. Shop around

The benefits of online shopping extend beyond convenience alone. The ability to shop multiple sites at once means finding the best deal has never been easier. 

Many high-street brands are now stocked in a variety of places, including on ASOS, Next and House Of Fraser. It's worth Googling the name of your product to find the best deal before jumping into anything.

9. Buy discounted gift cards

Have you heard of Zeek yet? Zeek is a website that sells gift cards at discounted rates.

How does it work?

People who have received an unwanted gift card sell them online at a reduced rate, and Zeek takes a commission.

So, if you're certain there's something you want to buy, head over to Zeek and see if there are any vouchers available for the store. They can be used online and will save you anything from a couple of quid up to tens of pounds.

10. Cashback sites

If you're not using cashback sites, now's the time to start.

How do they work?

Cashback sites give you a percentage of your online spend back. You must go through the cashback site to get the reimbursement, by searching for the shop in their system. The cashback site will then redirect you to the shop in question, and track your purchase. The sale will then appear on your cashback profile, and you'll be able to access your reimbursement after a few weeks.

Whilst cashback for clothing sites is usually fairly small, if there are no other discounts on offer, they do provide your bank balance with some spending relief. They're particularly useful for electrical purchases, utilities, and even holidays! Check out TopCashback to find out more.

11. Use a credit card

If you have both a credit and a debit card, it's best to use the former when shopping online. Credit cards are refunded more quickly than debits, so if you're a regular returner, pick your payment method wisely next time you shop.

How to get what you want in the size you need

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Shopping success!

12. Shop around

We've said it once, and we're saying it again. One of the most-basic online shopping hacks is something many of us forget - shop around.

Found a gorgeous dress that's out of stock in your size? Google it - it may be available on other sites that stock various brands. If all else fails, head over to eBay or download the ap, Depop, which both sell second-hand goods.

The dress you've got your eye on could be the item someone else is ready to get rid of. Not to mention, you'll be able to get it at a discount price!

13. Join the waitlist

Online shops know how frustrating it is when the item you want's out of stock, so many offer a 'waitlist' option. You'll be able to select the size you want and get alerts when it's back in stock - just make sure you're quick!

Consider yourself a savvy shopper? Share your online shopping hacks with us in the comments below.
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Stephanie C

Editor

Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Lesley Bound on June 29, 2018 at 7:32 am

    The cash back websites are brilliant, I've had over £50 this year on goods I was going to buy anyway like travel. I also just got £15 back on the annual travel insurance policy I was going to buy direct from the provider just by clicking through to them through Top Cashback, so worth checking this out before you buy. They often give bonus amounts at times like bank holidays.

    1. Author Stephanie C on June 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Lesley, I started using cashback sites myself last year and can't shop without them now! Thanks for sharing your successes with them :)

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  2. Author Family Deals Weekly on September 4, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Websites that offer a discount on products are also the best alternative, sometimes they do offer surprising money saving deals.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 4, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

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