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Frugal Online Shopping Tips For 2014

Frugal Online Shopping tips for 2014The beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to review your finances and look for opportunities for the year ahead. Online shopping is constantly changing and evolving, especially with the development of money saving apps and online coupon codes. In order to get the most from your online shopping you need to be aware of ways you can save money. Here are some frugal online shopping tips for 2014.  These will help you save as much as possible when you are buying online.

Buy in Bulk

If there are products that you regularly buy online then try and buying in bulk when you can. It does cost more initially but you will save so much more in the long run. Some of the bigger brands are starting to do excellent offers if you are able to buy things in bulk. You will also save a huge amount of delivery costs. If you buy lots of items individually your delivery costs will go through the roof. If you are an Amazon Prime member, then you can get stuff in bulk and not pay delivery charges.  Be sensible about when you buy things and plan ahead to buy things in bulk. Some of the best websites for frugal shoppers are ones that allow you to buy or sell everything in one place, such as Quicksales.

Shop Around

There are so many comparison websites these days it seems silly not to take advantage of them. You can compare all sorts of different products and services online, from car insurance to electrical goods and holidays. Find a few products you like and compare them to get the best price.

Avoid Impulse Shopping

It’s particularly easy to buy on impulse with online shopping. With hundreds of deals right in front of you and persuasive adverts drawing you in splashing your cash is difficult to resist. Just be aware of how much you are spending when you do online shopping. Make a note of each purchase and set yourself a strict budget before you start browsing the web.

Don’t Get Stung By Shipping Costs

Shipping costs can be very expensive, especially with products from overseas. Before you begin shopping check how much shipping is for each particular website. The last thing you want to do is get to the checkout process and realize the shipping costs are through the roof. Some people may just go ahead with their purchase anyway, but it’s wise to set a budget for shipping charges and stick to it. If the shipping costs are too high then move on to a website that offers a better deal.

Coupons

If you want to be a frugal online shopper you need to be savvy with coupons. You can get coupon codes and deals for most products nowadays, so don’t miss out on the potential savings. Check for coupon codes and special offers for your favorite products online.  You can clip and print coupons as well for your offline shopping.

Cashback

Have you heard of cashback websites? These are websites that give you money back for shopping online. All you have to do is go through their website to buy things. Cashback websites offer cashback for most things that you can get online. Don’t miss out on getting cashback for shopping online in 2014.  I recommend Upromise and Ebates.com for such services.  I earn great cashback through both services.

Mobile Apps

If you really want to be a pro online shopper then you need to get all the latest shopping apps. There are apps that can help you save money online. Some will just alert you about new deals and offers, others will give you regular tips to save money. You can even get apps that have tools to help you monitor your spend.  Two great apps are Ibotta and RetailMeNot.

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Grayson Bell

Grayson Bell

I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $50,000 in debt. I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a Wordpress management company, along with another blog. It is Empowered Shopper, which helps people get information about products they want to buy.

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5 Comments

  1. MomofTwoPreciousGirls
    February 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    Love Ebates! I’ve earned over $200 with them…generally my Christmas shopping earns mad a ton.

    I Lind ibotta also…you don’t earn as quickly but I’ve made over $30 with it. A new app I’ve found is Checkout51. Similar to ibotta and sometimes the offers overlap. I’ve just started using them in this month and they have a higher cash out of $20 but I’m trying it!

    I then take all the cash back funds , rebates and survey cash earnings and put them into my capitalone savings for Christmas money! Some of the things I do earn amazon gift cards which I stockpile for Christmas as well. Anything to help pad the budget!

    • February 18, 2014 at 10:54 am — Reply

      I also enjoy Ebates, but also Mr. Rebates as well. Both are good sites. I have earned the most via Upromise, coupled with my Upromise Mastercard. I have earned a lot of money that way.

  2. February 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm — Reply

    The problem I have with buying bulk from Amazon is that many of the items I want to buy in bulk don’t seem to be Prime eligible. Sometimes, that’s not an issue, because it’s usually enough to qualify for free shipping, but you definitely have to pay attention to the details of what you’re adding to your cart.

    • February 18, 2014 at 10:55 am — Reply

      You do have to pay attention to those items. Amazon lists a lot of stuff from other sellers and those are generally not Prime eligible.

  3. John
    August 5, 2014 at 3:59 am — Reply

    Impulse shopping ruins my monthly budget. I haven’t tried using coupons though and now I definitely should. Thanks for the great frugal tips!

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