Posted: 26 September 2017
We’ve all heard the old cliche saying: “Money can’t buy happiness.”
The fact is, however, that this cliche is only sort-of true. Money may not be able to buy happiness, but saving money can alleviate some major stress in your life.
And one of the best ways to save money is to be savvy with your coupons when online shopping.
Read on to discover the top five couponing tips for online shopping.
1. Leave Items in Your Cart
Maybe you’ve found an item online that you love or need, but you don’t have a coupon for it. Instead of biting the bullet and immediately purchasing the item full price, put it in your cart and let it sit in there for awhile.
Retailers want to close the deal, and once they know you’re only one click away from making a purchase, they’ll try and find a way to draw you back in.
Oftentimes, this means sending you a coupon via email within a few days. This won’t work with every site. However, it’s certainly worth trying before paying full price.
2. Social Media and Email Alerts
Here’s a secret that every seasoned coupon-er knows: the coupons don’t come to you, you need to go to the coupons.
In other words, you need to make sure you are following your favorite stores and brands on social media, as this is where they often offer exclusive coupon deals.
You should also be signed up for email alerts from your favorite stores. You can even take it one step further by signing up with multiple email addresses to rack up several different unique coupon codes.
And don’t just sign up for emails from your favorite stores — check out their competitors as well so you can compare pricing and ask for discounts if the competitor is lower.
It’s also a good idea to filter your promo emails into a separate folder so you can view promo codes with ease.
3. Call Customer Service
Your at checkout and about to type in your coupon code when suddenly you realize with much disappointment that the coupon is actually expired.
Fret not! More often than not, a quick call to customer service is all it takes for that coupon offer to be honored. Remember, companies want you to buy, so if it takes a coupon code for you to make a purchase, they’ll be more than happy to accommodate.
4. Be Strategic With Multiple Coupon Codes
A lot of online retailers allow you to use multiple coupon codes at checkout.
But, before you start applying the codes, make sure you’re doing so in the right order.
For example, let’s say you have one coupon for 30 percent off and another for 10 dollars off. You’ll want to make sure to apply the 30 percent off coupon first to get the best deal.
5. Compare to In-store Prices
Before you apply your coupon to your online order and check out, make sure you compare the price of the item online to the price of the item in the store.
Sometimes, the price of the item in the store will be cheaper. But, don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to trudge to the store to buy it and use your coupon.
Instead, contact customer service to find out if they can apply the same rate online and don’t forget to mention your coupon code.
Couponing: Wrap Up
We hope these tips come in handy during your next shopping venture.
You’ll be surprised at how much money you’ll save employing these simple strategies.
What’s your favorite couponing strategy for online shopping? Let us know in the comments below. Or, contact us with any questions.