There’s no denying that the internet has transformed the way we shop.
Rather than heading to the high street and searching out for a new outfit or piece of technology, we can find exactly what we are looking for in a matter of seconds.
And while that’s great for us consumers, we’re becoming increasingly dependent on major brands such as Amazon, when instead, we should be looking at cheaper alternatives.
The good news is that those alternatives are easy to find!
In this article, we’ve put together a guide to helping you save money when buying things online.
Use private browsing mode
If you’re thinking about booking a hotel room or a flight, then consider using private browsing mode when you’re about to buy. Many travel companies install cookies when you search for holidays, hotel rooms and flights, and then inflate the prices when they think you’re going to buy.
By browsing in private mode, you’re more likely to get a better deal because the airlines won’t see you as a “buy now” customer. Try it and see if it works for your next vacation!
Find promo codes
Another great to ensure you’re getting the best deal when buying products and services online is to use promotional codes. If you’re shopping on the e-commerce giant Wish, for example, then you’ll be able to find a whole host by searching for a Wish Promo Code Hack. Such promo codes can be used across all of your purchases, depending on their terms and conditions, and can help you save a percentage on your overall shop.
In the same breath, subscribing to ecommerce businesses’ mailing lists is another way to find promo codes to use when shopping online. Indeed, some even offer you a discount for your birthday, so it’s worth checking out if you’re likely to be shopping with a particular retailer in the coming months.
Shop in the sales
While flicking through clothes in a charity shop or clothing store’s sale rack may not be the most enjoyable of tasks, the internet makes it much easier to seek out bargains on reduced-price clothing. Indeed, some clothing companies only discount their garments online, so you’re more likely to get a better deal by shopping online than you are in store. You can also use functionality such as ‘Order by Price > Lowest to Highest’ to find super affordable products, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to snap up a bargain before anyone else.
Spot bargains on marketplaces
Using online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace and eBay is another great way to save money when shopping online. Buying products second hand or from discount companies can save you a shedload of cash, especially if you’re always buying the same products from the same retailers online. You can use shopping comparison engines like Google Shopping to find the products you want, and then sort by price across different companies to see who has the best deal.
Nine times out of ten, you’ll find marketplace sites come out as the cheapest. It’s a good idea to remember, though, that these websites often allow anyone to see products, so make sure you check out their terms and conditions and refund policy before you buy!
There you have it – some of the best ways to save money when shopping online. Where do you go to get your bargains? Let us know in the comments section below!