Growing up I LOVED going to the mall to pick out new clothes. I would love through rack upon rack of clothing and try on numerous pieces until I found the one or two pieces I loved. Well… things sure have changed! These days I hate going to shopping malls and would much rather shop online. Since I have my favorite stores I tend to have good luck with ordering the right sizes.
To me the biggest perk of online shopping is being able to shop around and search for the best deals. By knowing where to look and how to find the best deals you can be an online shopping whiz in no time. Below are some steps I follow to make sure I always get the best deal and don’t lose money when things don’t work out.
Tips to Online Shop Like a Pro
If you don’t have an Ebates account, go sign up NOW!
It is a must have for any online shopping addict and I hate that I didn’t know about it earlier. Ebates is an online shopping portal that lets you earn cash back for your purchases. You receive a check a few times a year with the cash you earn from shopping online.
It’s so easy to use!
- You sign up for an Ebates account and when you’re ready to shop you search for the store on the Ebates website.
- Once you find the store you want you click on “Shop Now” and the link takes you directly to the store’s website. Ebates even has coupon codes you can use so make sure to check those out too 🙂
- Shop as you normally would on the store website and Ebates automatically tracks your purchase.
- Check your Ebates account a few days letter and the amount you earned should be posted.
- Wait for your BIG FAT CHECK to come in the mail! This happens on a quarterly basis. The date of your next check is posted on your account summary page.
The good news is that even if you’re shopping on your phone instead of a computer you can download the app! Not all stores track mobile purchases, but I’ve had good luck with most stores I normally shop at.
As you can see above I’ve already made $115.24!!!
- Retail Me Not
This site is a LIFESAVER! When shopping online I always check Retail Me Not before making a purchase. They always have coupon codes for stores and they even have an app you can use. This site is not only useful for shopping online, but I always check the app when I’m shopping in store. I’ve save tons of $$ by taking a few seconds to search for coupon codes.
- Free Shipping & Free Returns
Another way I save money is by shopping at stores with free shipping and free returns! That way if something doesn’t work out I’m not out of the shipping charge. This has saved me big bucks over the years!
Some of my favorite stores with free shipping & free returns are:
Old Navy (Free shipping on orders over $50)
- Google Search
A quick Google search can be the easiest way to save a few bucks. You’d be surprised with the results! I once was going to order some shoes online for over $60 and after a quick Google search I found them on Stein Mart’s website for $45! I normally don’t shop at Stein Mart so I never would have found the shoes there without the help of Google.
- Sign up for Store Emails
Yes – all that spam from stores can actually save you some $$$$. I have a special email account just for store emails so that I don’t have to worry about separating those emails from my personal ones. Whenever you are new to a store’s email list you can usually get some sort of special discount on your first purchase.
For example, Piperlime sometimes offers 30% off of your first purchase when you sign up for emails. Now, that’s a great deal!
Hopefully these tips are useful for you! Let me know if you have any tips that work for you that you’d like to share.