It is no secret to those who know me that I love to shop online! The chances of me scoring myself a bargain are far too great for me to not give it a try for almost all purchases I make, and I can do all from the comfort of my own living room. Listed below are 8 useful tips that will hopefully help you to save yourself not only some money but also precious time!
1. Do Your Grocery Shop Online
Doing your grocery shopping online can be a real time and money saver! I personally do my grocery shopping online on a Thursday evening after the kids are in bed, choose the “click & collect” option, and grab it on my way home after work the following day – EASY! I save myself not only the temptation of buying a whole lot of items that I never intended to purchase in the first place, but I also stick to my budget as I can monitor my shopping cart and remove items if necessary.
Grocery shopping online means I am also able to avoid all the supermarkets marketing ploys used to get me to buy rubbish I don’t need or want – if I can’t see the big “Special” signs or brightly coloured tickets to inform me of the newest product on the market, then I won’t be tempted to buy it! Another bonus is if you buy fresh produce online with Woolworths, you will almost certainly get more than you’ve paid for, as although you have asked for 500g of chicken thighs from the deli, they will never give you less than what you have requested, so you may end up with a little extra at no cost!
Unfortunately this doesn’t work with Coles, as they don’t charge for items sold by weight until after the items have been picked for you. So rather than dragging your screaming toddler around the shops, or dragging yourself out of bed early on a Saturday morning when all you want to do is sleep in, start doing your grocery shop online!
2. Use Rewards Sites
3. Search For Discount Codes
Have you ever noticed whenever you are checking out whilst making an online purchase, there is nearly always that little box labelled “Promotional Code”? Where do we get those promotional codes to save ourselves a bit extra? Why we google them of course! I have scored myself free shipping, percentage off discounts, bonus items and extra reward points just for googling for promotional codes before I finalise my online purchases, and it only takes a few moments.
4. Save On Shipping
Many retailers offer free shipping if you spend over a certain amount or have capped shipping rates regardless of how many items you purchase, so why not ask if anyone at work wants to purchase something as well? At the very least you can split the cost of shipping, and if you are lucky you will have spent enough to not have to pay shipping at all!
5. Get Parcels Delivered To Work
This tip is more of a time saver than a money saver – get your parcels delivered to work. There is always going to be someone at work during business hours who can sign for your package even if you are not in the office, unlike having parcels delivered to home which will most likely get carded, forcing you to visit the post office on Saturday morning to collect your goodies. Save yourself the time and the extra trip out and get everything delivered to work.
6. Use Comparison Websites
You’ve finally decided you are going to splash out and buy yourself the latest tech gadget – HOORAY! But before you hit the checkout button, try googling the name of your item and see if you can save some extra cash by using a price comparison website. These websites, such as www.getprice.com.au, will do the hard work for you by comparing numerous sites and list these for you in order of lowest to highest price available. Please be aware that they may not list every option available on the web, but it is a great place to start!
7. Use Deal Websites
Deal websites such as Groupon and Living Social can offer some amazing discounts on dining and gift vouchers, as well as non-perishable goods. If you were planning on eating out anyway, it makes perfect sense to see if you can grab a voucher for your favourite restaurant first – you may just score a meal for free or heavily discounted mains! I have also made some great savings on dishwasher tablets of all things, buying a year’s worth for a super low price and having them delivered straight to me!
8. Don’t Checkout Just Yet – They Will Incentivise You To Return With Cash
Another way of (possibly) getting yourself a discount, is it to leave the items you are wanting to purchase in your cart for a day or two. I have had a bit of luck with this one, getting emails from these sites to kindly “remind” me that I have forgotten an item in my cart, and offering me a discount to entice me to checkout now. For this to work just remember to login first so they know where to send that friendly reminder to!