Use the Internet to Save Money
14 April 2011
The internet isn’t just a great way to shop without leaving your home, it’s also a great way to save money without the tedious, old-fashioned task of clipping coupons. With a little smart shopping and a few extra resources, internet deals can save your budget and even give you a little extra room to “splurge” after you’ve got all of the essentials covered.
This might be the most popular way to save money when shopping on the internet. There are two ways to find deals. The first is searching for promotional codes on coupon sites. Coupon sites are all over the internet and they rely on user contributions to display a list of promotional codes. These codes range from small savings, like free shipping on your order, to bigger deals that may save you a percentage of money on order. Take advantage of these codes! It’s as easy as copying and pasting the special code into the website’s “promotional code” box when you begin the checkout process. You’ll see your savings automatically, and it will probably elicit a sigh of accomplishment. There’s no greater feeling than finding a “secret” coupon code that saves you big bucks on an online purchase.
The other way is signing up for a daily deals sites. A few that are popular and reliable right now are LivingSocial.com and Groupon.com. All these sites ask for is your geographical location and e-mail address, so they can send you the best daily deals in your area. You do not have to worry about committing to a purchase, you only purchase “the deal” if you are interested in it. You can even purchase a deal and use it at a later date. However, make sure you check the expiration date! If you buy a deal, you may not have to use it that day, but like a coupon it will not last forever. Either way, you will be sure to get real life bang for your online buck!
Buy Your Basics Online & Sign Up for Auto-Refill Services
You can actually buy everything from your deodorant to your toothpaste and other necessities online. You can even find products online that have been discontinued from store shelves — and you can buy them in bulk! If you go through lots of toiletries, these websites can offset your costs dramatically. Consistent purchases can end up landing you cash back rewards or free shipping. Think about what you could save a month’s worth of shampoo, contacts, toothpaste, and even vitamins!
Online storefronts may also offering “automatic refill” subscriptions for the products you buy regularly throughout the year. Nutritional stores like GNC also offer this convenient service, and subscribing can land you free shipping and even regular discounts on products. However, when you sign up for an automatic refill process, you give the site permission to charge your debit or credit card automatically at the same time every month. Make sure prior to signing up for this service, it is something your budget will be able to commit to. If it is, the products you’ve elected to buy each month are then automatically shipped to your home address without you intervening at all. You’ll receive an email notification that the products are on their way as well as tracking information — and that’s all you’ll need!
Internet shopping is quickly becoming a way to save time and money. It is also a scary frontier, because you are submitting a lot of personal information online. Make sure you take advantage of these saving opportunities but always use your best judgment when it comes to purchasing, especially on sites that are not well known. Happy savings!