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!
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.
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.