Surveys suggest that more than half of holiday shopping takes place online, and that figure grows every year. But as blissful as online shopping is, the Internet is a sterile environment. Unlike your local shopping mall, you can’t land an online discount by asking for a deal or “knowing a guy.”
You can scan product price tags on individual sites till you go cross-eyed, but you’ll always feel like you’re missing a steal. But there are ways to be an extreme online deal finder without making it a full-time job.
We’re all in a hurry but still, like to save money. Here are some techniques I use to maximize my holiday cheer and minimize the money spent.
Everyone likes to save money especially on Cyber Monday when almost everything is on sale! Here are some tips to save the most while online shopping.
1. Save money with Honey
This is the best thing since sliced bread. When you are checking out, you hit the Honey button and it will try every available promo code saving you the most money possible. Its like finding virtual coupons that never expires.
Best of all, Honey is a free service, and the developer says they won’t sell your shopping data to other companies.
2. Get Invisible Hand
Buyer’s remorse is the worse. You pick a great Christmas gift, you click “purchase,” and then you find the same item on another website for far cheaper. You feel like you’ve been ripped off. Overspending on this one item means you can’t give as many gifts as you’d hoped.
InvisibleHand helps prevent this from happening. It’s a browser extension that notifies you if a product is available from another online retailer for less. You need only press a button, and you’ll be linked to the relevant page of a competing website. There’s also a drop-down menu so that you can compare prices on several sites at once. The company claims average savings of $7.55 per purchase.
You can think of InvisibleHand as a personal shopping assistant. The add-on compares prices across dozens of online stores, including big names like Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart. You’ll also see results from select specialty stores.
3. Know the shopping cart trick
Here’s a clever trick for folks who like to manipulate the system: Shop around a familiar website, put your items in your shopping cart, and then go to the checkout.
But instead of actually checking out, close the browser window. If you’ve ordered items from the site before, the retailer should have your email address on file. Companies will often write to notify you that you’ve left items in your cart. To encourage you to complete the purchase, these companies may send you coupons for those particular items.
This trick doesn’t always work, but I’ve personally scored 20% discounts by not completing my order. If you’re planning to buy the items anyway, there’s no harm in trying.
Not everything is rosy online shopping. Scammers are out in full-force this time of year.
Hopefully these tricks will allow to you save money!!