I am a big fan of saving money when I make purchases. I don’t like paying retail and I really don’t like paying for shipping online. I make it part of my checkout process to find a coupon or promo code in order to bring down the bill total. When I am shopping for goodies, I first check Amazon, because I am part of the Amazon Prime program. Who doesn’t love free two day shipping? Yes, I know that I pay yearly for the program, but I also use Amazon Instant Video and I make a good amount of purchases via Amazon, so it pays for itself. I did the math.
After I got out of credit card debt, I decided to look at different ways to score some savings when shopping online. I don’t care if it is a one-time deal, a money savings program, or sweet coupon database. I will try and find neat ways to save money when I am doing my shopping. I get irritated when I pay retail price and I think it is unnecessary. Recently, I have looked into a few different ways in order to save some serious dough with online purchases. Here are some that I think are promising and I am sure you are using a few of them.
Discounted Gift Cards – Who doesn’t love getting a gift card? I know I really enjoy getting them because they allow me to purchase things that I really want. I don’t like wasted money on gifts. Sometimes I don’t know what I want, so I would like a gift card. Gift cards are what I usually gift to others because they are so simple, yet can really provide the best value. As stated above, why should you pay retail for a gift card? Yes, you can go walk into a store and purchase a gift card, but why not jump online and save 20% when buying the card? I would recommend trying Giftcards.com for discounted gift cards. They have the largest marketplace, where you can buy and sell gift cards.
- Daily Deal Sites – We all know these as they have grown in popularity since Groupon and Living Social came onto the scene. Daily deals can be a great way to save 50% on something that you want. Now, not everything on a daily deal site is going to be something that you want, so you will need to practice patience here. I would recommend signing up for deal alerts, so you can score the best deal on items or services you are actually looking for. One tip is to not sign up for too many daily deal sites. That can end up creating a lot of junk mail in your inbox and no one likes that. Just pick some of your favorite daily deal sites and sign up for those alerts.
Penny Auctions – Penny auctions are relatively new to the auction scene. eBay pioneered the online auction, but since then, there have been many different variations of auctions. Penny auctions are the current rage in the online space at this time. If you haven’t tried it before, you can really score some serious deals. You have to be vigilant of the auction process as it is a pay-to-play type of auction. You pay in order to bid and then you have to pay for the item, but you can get some stuff at a serious discount. I have pulled off a few where I saved about 75%. Now, that is a win to me and the product was legitimate. One tip here is that you need to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate website. You don’t want to deal with trying to purchase fake products because there is no fun in that.
These are the few ways that I am working with to save with my online shopping. Yes, I do still love my coupons, but I wanted to think outside of the box and try a few other things. I am on a discount gift card kick right now and I am enjoying the savings.
What unorthodox or different ways are you saving money when shopping online?
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