7 Easy Ways To Become a Super Savvy Online Shopper
I for one love a bargain and you’ll rarely see me buy something without using a discount code or nabbing some cashback. I’m always trying to save money when it comes to shopping online so I’ve decided to share some of my top tips and tricks with you Doshers. (Exclusive info right here.)
Before we start, I'd just like to point out you don’t need to do any online shopping right now if you don’t want to. You can use these tips whenever and wherever you like.
So let’s begin!
1. Check what you’ve already got first.
Since lockdown I’ve been spending a lot of time going through my things (what else is there to do?) and I've come to realise that I have a lot! So many clothes that I hardly wear, makeup and skin products that get forgotten about and just general things around the house that I could definitely make use of.
Before you go to order something new, think do I really need it and can I make use of something I already own instead? I’ve worn items of clothing that I’ve forgotten about for years, fallen back in love with a pair of old trousers and discovered things I thought I’d lost!
I’ve also found things in the living room that were put away in cupboards and thought, actually this could look quite good with a bit of sprucing up. So before you take to buying new bits and bobs, I'd definitely recommend checking what you’ve got first.
2. Make use of discount codes.
Now I know some people don’t want to spend time searching for discount codes however they will save you a lot
of money. If you look hard enough, you’ll more than likely be able to find a discount code for most places online. You may think, oh it’s only 10% but if you're doing a bigger order, it really adds up.
A lot of companies will offer you a discount code too if it’s your first time ordering or if you sign up to their newsletter, so look out for these. Plus more often or not you'll also get emailed a discount code if you make an account, put your items in your basket and wait a while. Make sure you're logged in though!
You can also use Pouch
which is a free browser extension and will find the best discount codes for you! (& nab you 75p cashback, winning!)
3. Don’t forget about Cashback sites!
Using Cashback sites will mean you get some money back from whatever you’ve purchased. These can be amazing because often you’ll earn more money than you would save with a discount code. We have so many brands on OhMyDosh
so make sure you check them out before purchasing.
Remember you can’t use a discount code and cashback together though.
4. Always shop around.
If you’re looking for a particular product online, search it in google and compare the different prices. Don’t forget to check which discount codes or cashback you can find too. Often a lot of stores will have similar prices but some may have those all important discount codes or a good cashback rate on OhMyDosh
sites! Do your research before you buy.
5. Make sure you check the delivery price first.
Sometimes you think you’re getting a good deal then you realise the delivery is pretty
pricey. I always check the delivery price before I fill my basket otherwise you can be disappointed.
A lot of online stores will also offer free delivery when you spend a certain amount but don’t fill up your basket just to achieve free delivery. This will make you spend waaaaay more than you intended to in the first place, so sometimes it’s better to pay for it. Of course, if you intended to buy all those items anyway then free delivery is an excellent bonus.
6. Do you reaaaally need it? Say no to impulse buys!
A great tip I use is to pop something I thought I wanted in my basket and leave it in there a couple of days. The amount of times I’ve forgotten about the item and never gone back to it, this has saved me so much money. If you do this rather than just impulsively buying, you’re going to cut back on the items you really didn’t need anyway.
Plus, companies often send out discount codes if you leave stuff in your bag for a few days. Result!
7. Use eBay & Depop to grab a bargain.
Just because it’s second hand doesn’t mean it’s not new to you. Plus a lot of the time on eBay, products are new with tags. You can find some really good bargains on these sites and it’s a great way to stop things going to waste. Many times I’ve had a look for something I really wanted which was sold out and have managed to find it cheaper on eBay or Depop.
So those are my top tips to help you save money when shopping online, I hope you grab some good bargains. But first, always remember your budget and question if you really need it.