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Smart (and Free!) Ways to Save Money While Online Shopping

Hi all,

So, this is probably no secret by now, but I have quite the passion for online shopping. I love finding new looks and am constantly browsing my favorite sites for new items.

Seeing those packages at my doorstep is always a pleasant surprise to come home to, especially when I get to do fun try-ons and share my finds with you all here and on my Instagram.

One of my absolute favorite parts about online shopping is finding great deals or other ways to save money, and any way that I’m able to save or find quality items for cheaper is a huge win in my eyes.

Since I do a lot of shopping and bargain hunting, I’ve discovered many great methods for saving, and sometimes even earning, extra money while I shop.

Here’s a list of my top online shopping hacks, and they’re all completely free!

1. Join Flash Sale Websites

There are a ton of websites out there that offer flash sales for top brands. Basically, they sell quality items that are overstocked or are no longer considered New Arrivals, for a fraction of the original price.

The sales typically last for a few days each, and these sites have a bunch of new sales going on every single day!

My top favorite flash sale sites are Hautelook (by Nordstrom), Saks Off 5th (by Saks 5th Avenue) and Ruelala.

These sites all offer frequently feature top expensive brands with large percentages off, and they all offer free shipping after a certain dollar amount is in your cart. Ruelala even offers free shipping for 365 days with a one-time purchase.

You do need to sign up for an account to purchase from the sites, but all 3 accounts are completely free to sign up for and use.

If you like to buy designer or higher-end merchandise but don’t want to pay a ridiculously high price, these sites are great for you.

Click any of these links to sign up for the sites: Hautelook, Saks Off 5th, Ruelala.

2. Use Cash Back Add-Ons

Have you ever heard of apps like Ebates or Honey? They are getting more popular but a lot of people still don’t know about these amazing tools that literally pay you to shop!

You download the apps either on your phone or as an add-on to your web browser (or both!) and, voila! You start to get cash back for your shopping.

When you navigate to a website, the Ebates or Honey add-on will ask you to “activate” whatever percentage of cash back is available for that site. Once you do that, cash back will be added to your account after you make a purchase.

It’s so easy, and I’ve already gotten back hundreds of dollars using these apps.

Sign up using my links and you can get a bonus $10 to start yourself off: Ebates, Honey.

3. Shop Around Before Buying

When I’m shopping, my goal isn’t just to get something on sale. It’s to get it for the absolute lowest price available.

So even if I see an item is on sale, I don’t stop there. I usually plug it into Google or another site to see if any other stores are offering lower prices.

I like using Google Shopping because not only does it show you the price of the item from multiple stores, it also shows results for different colors of that item are available.

Simply go to google.com/shopping and type in the name of the item you’re looking for.

It’s always better to be more specific, so try to copy and paste the exact name of the product from the original site if you can find it.

If you can’t find the original name, Google may include results for some similar products, but I’ve actually found items that I liked even better than the original that way!

4. Track Items Before You Buy

Sometimes there’s a bag or pair of shoes that I just have to have, but it isn’t on sale. Rather than buying it at full price, I decide to wait a little and see if the price goes down.

Price tracking apps are perfect for situations like this, because they keep track of your favorite items and notify you when things go on sale

There are a lot of apps like this, but Shoptagr and Lyst are two of the highest rated, and also happen to be two of my favorites.

Not only do they keep track your favorite items and stores for sales, they also help you find other places where the items are available! Never miss a sale, or have trouble finding a great item, again.

I hope the tips above help you save some money and become the savviest shopper you can be.

What other tips and tricks do you have about saving (or even earning) money while shopping? Share in the comments below so we can all help one another score big!

Stay tuned for more future posts where I’ll share some of my best finds, my favorite online retailers, and other great tips.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂 ❤

fashion, lifestyle

Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

Tomorrow it will officially be February, my second favorite month of the year! I love the first two weeks of this month because everything is decked out in red, pink, and hearts.

Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday, and the perfect time to show the people you love how special they are to you. It’s also the perfect opportunity to wear romantic, dreamy outfits.

Today I’m sharing a bunch of outfits I put together for some pretty Valentine’s Day inspiration. Click the links below each picture to shop the looks, and don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Top | Skirt | Shoes

Burgundy is one of my favorite colors to wear in the winter. This tee and pleated black skirt are a sweet, simple outfit for Valentine’s Day.

Add some heels and a cute wristlet to make it look even more classy.

Sweater (similar) | Skirt (similar) | Shoes | Purse

This NY&C sweater is incredibly soft and cozy, perfect for going out on a cold night! The light pink pairs perfectly with a burgundy skirt and great heeled booties.

You can also swap out the booties for a pair over-the-knee boots to help keep your legs warm.

Sweater | Pants | Wedges

This red sweater is so big and warm, it feels like you’re wearing a blanket! But still hangs really nicely, which I didn’t expect before trying it on.. It’s on the longer side, so it goes perfectly with some tight-fitting black pants.

I’ve paired this outfit with black wedges and a fedora for added flair.


Blouse | Flats | Bag

This outfit is more on the dressy side, and goes nicely with a black or brown coat. This Kate Spade bag is one of my favorites for both cold and warm weather, and I love that red, white, and pink are all used in this outfit.


Sweater | Jeans | Booties | Bag

I just bought a bunch of sweaters from Venus and love them all! I got so many compliments on this white one the first time I wore it. It’s great for dressing up a pair of jeans, but also goes really well with slacks or a skirt.

I’ve added a red bag and soft pink booties here to get that red, white, and pink combination again.


Blouse | Black Pants | Pink Jeans (similar) | Black Wedges

Polka dots always remind me of romance, which makes them perfect for February. I’m showing two outfit options for this top here.

The first is more dressy, with black pants and red heels. The second is a little more casual but still chic, with pink pants and black wedges.


Sweater | Blue Jeans | Red Jeans | Flats | Bag

This fuzzy sweater is basic but cute. I always wear it with blue jeans but it goes with pretty much any color, and these red jeans are perfect for V-Day. Simple black flats and a cute, girly purse tie it all together.


Are you doing anything romantic or fun this Valentine’s Day? Let me know your plans, and what you think of my outfit suggestions, in the comments below!

I’ll actually be going on a little weekend trip to Philly, so keep an eye out for an upcoming post about that.

Thanks again for reading and I hope to see you back here soon 🙂 ❤