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
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:
- 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.
- 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
If you're able to, opt to have your order delivered to the 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
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. Download a browser extension
Don't spend time looking for vouchers - download Pouch or Honey. These are both free browser extensions that pop up whenever you're shopping online. It'll show you the best 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
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. Get alerts from Stock Informer
This is a great tip if you're wanting to get your hands on a limited edition item or something that's selling out fast!
Don't give your money to eBay scalpers. Pay the right price by using the website Stock Informer. They track the prices and availability of hard-to-find items so you don't have to. You can even set up email alerts so that you can stay in-the-know.
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
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 app, 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.