A guide to saving money shopping online

6 May


Online Bargain Hutning

Most people will agree, shopping is fun. It’s always great to find something that love, but better yet when it’s 80% off. I love Bargain hunting. I find it an exhilarating challenge of sort. Most people are unaware that bargain hunting and finding a great deal needn’t be restricted to instore shopping. There are a heap of ways to find and snap up a great bargain online. Today I am going to share with you some of my tips and tricks that will help save you a pretty penny or two when it comes to shopping online.

Subscribe to Newsletters
If you love a store subscribe to their Newsletter. Subscribing to a store’s newsletter will give you a heads up in regards to upcoming sales and often contain special discount codes. If like myself you love a heap of stores you may find your inbox flooded with emails and your usual content buried. This is where a throwaway email address comes in handy. You can easily sign up for a free email at yahoo or hotmail. Be aware that checking such email address usual results in hours of procrastination browsing stores and sales racks. Also be sure to include your date of birth when signing up. A lot of companies will send you a little gift or discount code to help you celebrate.

Coupon Code Websites
There are many websites which feature coupons codes from across the web. I like to check these prior to making a purchase. I find that more then half the time the coupon codes are expired prior to me finding them but on the off chance you will find an active one and score yourself 25% or free shipping. I don’t have any specific websites to share but usually a quick google search for coupon/discount codes for your chosen store bring up a heap of results.


If you are a University student’s it’s worth while signing up to UNIdays. Signing up will give you regular discounts to major online shopping retailers as well the occasional special offer or coupon code.

Combine orders with friends to save on shipping
If the store you love ships from a country other than the one you live in chances are postage costs are going to be elevated. This is when shopping with a friend/s comes in handy. Most online stores have a set shipping fee, so no matter how many items you purchase or their weight you purchase will ship for the one price. When making an internationally purchase (sometimes even local) I like to give my friends/family a quick text and see if they want anything from such store. A $45 shipping fee is far less expensive when divided amongst a friend or two.

Online Outlet Stores
Online Outlet stores are a great way to find items drastically reduced. My favourite is Ultimate Outlet. Ultimate Outlet  stock designer pieces, some up to 90% off. Plus they have a Today’s Sales section which features items starting at just $5 each! Online outlets are a great way to pick up quality pieces that may be the last of their kind or from a previous season’s line at drastically low prices.

Comparison Websites
If you are after something particular it’s always a good idea to shop around and compare prices. Having said this manually checking out each online retailer can be time consuming and fustrating. This is when comparison websites like ShopBot.com.au and Getprice.com.au come in handy. You simply type in the details of the item you are after and a up pops a list of suppliers and their retail price. Be sure to take into account shipping costs to your country in the total item price.

So there you have it a few simple ways to save money shopping online. If you have any of your own feel free to comment with them below. Becky xo

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42 Responses to “A guide to saving money shopping online”

  1. Hannah Ackroyd May 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! I agree about shared postage, I hate having to pay postage on things so whenever possible me and my Mum order together to split the price :) Also, I will be gutted when I am no longer a student and I can’t have my student discount!!!

  2. redagapeblog May 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    I LOVE Internet shopping!

    • Becky K. May 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Me too! So much fun and I love it when the packages arrive! haha

      • redagapeblog May 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

        Yes! I love my postman. ;)

      • Becky K. May 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

        Me too! haha

  3. Lisa May 9, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    oooooo thanks for the tips! xx #giglove

  4. marilovesgr33n May 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    ohhh wow…the tips are great even if it’s better I’m not discovering new websites :D …for my bank account!
    mari from http://www.ilovegreeninspiration.com
    #GIG love

  5. Cheryl Zamora May 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Great tips. I think almost everyone loves shopping online as it saves more time :)

  6. karenclairegrafia May 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Definitely a good read! Thanks for the tips <3

  7. Carizza Chua ۰ᴥ۰ (@carizzachua) May 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    wow thanks for the tips, i actually like combined shipping cost with a friend )

  8. Moi Contre Le Vie May 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Great post! I have a *serious* online shopping problem so this is riiight up my alley. I need to spend less time in front of my computer… :)

  9. Kajsa Josephine May 10, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Thanks for your tips! Totally agree with subscribing to e-mail updates. Saves money :)

  10. Kumiko Mae May 10, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I love the practical tips you suggested here. I agree that signing up for newsletters are amazing-they are even great places to acquire private coupon codes~ #gig

  11. Autumn May 10, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Great tips! I love online shopping, and sometimes you can find really great discount codes or even free things!

  12. Cynthia Renard (@CynthiaRenard) May 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I do online shopping most of the time! It makes me save a lot for the parking fees! LOL (parking space in Paris are so expensive!) And plus, I get good bargains and deals online! Love, Cynthia

  13. Sarvin Sidhu (@sarsidhu) May 11, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    I’ve never tried online shopping before… anyway thanks for the tips!

  14. Nina Onthemoon May 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    great tips for those who need em :P

  15. bellezakisses May 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Great tips! I love to use Retailmenot.com for coupon codes

  16. Gime Vacarezza May 14, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Great tips!. I will definitely use them!.
    Gime from http://www.coolrunwaystyle.blogspot.com #GIGBloggers

  17. Sana Sadiq May 14, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Internet shopping hits like a storm in last 2-3 years and Im a biggest shopping junkie :-D Your tips are simply great <3 GIG Love xoxo

    • Becky K. May 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      So true it’s huge now and I love it! haha

  18. Alia May 14, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    I love a good bargain too! I feel like I’ve really accomplished something when I find it for a good sale price. Thanks for the tips!

    • Becky K. May 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      No problem, happy to share and yes! totally love the thrill of finding a bargain ;)

  19. The Haute Frugalista May 14, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    love that you use that name! my blog its Haute Frugalista so I relate to this post! thanks for sharing!
    Dee http://hautefrugalista.com

    • Becky K. May 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      What a great coincidence!
      xo Becky

  20. Aby May 14, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    great tips! i am so into online shopping and bargains, this would be a huge help :)

    - from gig

  21. nonfashionista May 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    These are great tips hon! thanks** #GIG

  22. stilettosandtequila May 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    I’m really not much into online-shopping. But the only thing I do shop online is books. haha they give such good discounts on bestsellers and everything, it’s hard to resist. But I’m yet to try out online shopping for clothes. In my country, we have very few websites offering the option to shop online, and the ones that do, they are too expensive. Popular foreign brands like Forever21 is sky-high pricey here. So, it’s a bit difficult hehe.. I fear the clothes won’t fit my size or the fabric might not be what it looks like. haha tonnes of excuses goes into my list. :D

    • Becky K. May 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Yes the books are so cheap and they often ship free which is always a bonus :)

      • stilettosandtequila May 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

        Totally. And sometimes they give these cute bookmarks and pen with it. hehe.. :D

  23. aminanda May 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks for the tip! I always find some US online webs sells things cheaper (and sometimes free shipping too) but the custom duty so expensive I end up buying it in local online stores who sell it more expensive :(

  24. micheatsandshops May 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I do go to coupon websites to see if I can use some of them. I also do combined shipping :)

  25. sitacarolina May 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I would like to consider myself a bargain hunter and omg I get so annoyed comparing AUD prices and USD prices :( + the shipping… *sigh*

    Photography: http://preciouss2photo.blogspot.com/
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    • Becky K. May 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Totally agree, US shipping to Aus is so expensive!

  26. misseychelles May 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Thank you so much for the tips! xoxo Nat #giglove


  27. Simple Island Living June 8, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    I online shop through ebates! I end up earning back a nice amount from them. It’s not much, but it’s easy to do and especially if you’re doing travel planning and such, it’s pretty nice to get money back. http://wp.me/p28JRh-g0

  28. Maureen July 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the fantastic work!


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