The Art of Hacking Your Online Shopping
Hacking Your Online Shopping
We’ve all been there – one moment you are browsing your social media feeds, and then lo and behold, you just ordered a bunch of items off Amazon!
Oh no! Don’t fret though, it happens to the best of us.
With the boom of online shopping, the world is getting better at draining our wallets in no time. A click of a button is all you need.
But, your online shopping addiction doesn’t have to leave your bank account empty. You may not immediately realize it, but shopping online can also give you the chance to take advantage of sales, deals, discounts, and promotions.
Here are a few tricks and hacks that will hopefully save your bank account.
Be On the Lookout for Free Shipping Promo Codes
Always take advantage of price comparison tools to find out the price of the same product across multiple websites and shops.
Websites such as Google Shopping, CamelCamelCamel, and Pronto allow you to find the best deals online.
The fun of finding great deals on sale items can take a damper when they come with an expensive shipping fee.
Look out for free shipping promotions offered by retailers. If it’s not fully free, some shops offer discounts of up to 50% off the shipping price.
Avoid Shipping Costs by Using The Click and Collect Option
Yes, one of the main perks of online shopping is instant gratification without ever stepping out of the house.
However, when you take advantage of Click & Collect or the in-store pickup option, you can avoid shipping costs altogether.
This is true for retailers with numerous locations across your area – purchase your items online and pick them up later.
Also, keep in mind that selecting multiple products from the same seller can also save you some bucks as different stores charge separate shipping prices.
Hit That Incognito Button
You might have already heard about using the incognito tab when browsing for flight tickets.
Well, it is also quite handy when shopping for that cute sweater or latest gadget online.
If a website can see that you have already been looking at certain products, prices are likely to increase.
Get That First Order Coupon Multiple Times
We’ll let you in on a secret: Create and use multiple email addresses for extra signup or first order coupons.
Wait, is this allowed?
Retailers might frown upon this, but it is doable and pretty handy, especially when you desperately need to knock down a few dollars off a product.
Insider states that the most popular days for retailers to roll out special perks and discounts are Wednesday through Friday.
Hold out and wait for those sweet spots before hitting the checkout button.
Sign Up for Their Newsletter and Leave Items in Your Cart
According to the Chicago Tribune, stores are likely to send you a friendly reminder to complete the checkout.
Some with attached sweet, sweet discount codes to lure shoppers back.
Once you sign up for a store, email updates such as new stock arrivals, exclusive discounts, and other marketing material will be sent to your email.
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Some retailers also send birthday discount codes.
A little patience on your part will go a long way when you put items in your cart and leave the browser for a night.
How do you make the most of your online shopping?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.