Save money while shopping online
It’s time to replace that rush you get from filling your virtual cart with the high that comes from saving a ton of money.
Always remember two important words: Just. Wait.
Online retailers are experts at getting you to go from “I-gotta-have-it” to “It’s-on-the-way-to-my-house” quicker than you can say “buyer’s remorse.” Beat them at their own game by waiting a few days before completing a purchase. You may find you don’t really need that item after all. Also, retailers will often email a coupon for you to use for the “forgotten items” in your cart.
Outsmart dynamic pricing
Dynamic pricing is that slightly freaky way retailers have of knowing just which products and in just which price range to show you. Outsmart dynamic pricing with these tips:
- Clear your browsing history or shop incognito
- Log out of your email and social media accounts
- Choose localized websites of international brands
Time your purchases just right
- Sunday is your day to score cheap airfare.
- Bookworms, hit up Amazon and Barnes & Noble on Saturdays when they launch most of their book sales.
- Shopping for a new computer? Wait for Tuesday. That’s when big retailers distribute coupons.
- For most other purchases, it’s best to shop Wednesday through Friday for the best deals.
Always use a promo code before a discount coupon. A promo code takes a specified percentage off your entire purchase, while a discount code takes off a dollar amount. If you do it the other way, you’ll save less money. Don’t believe us? Do the math. We’ll wait.
Ask for price-drop refunds
Don’t you hate it when you find out what you bought yesterday just price-dropped? The good news is that some companies offer a refund for newly discounted items if you notify them within a certain timeframe. That’s money back in your pocket. Sweet!
Use multiple emails for discounts
Many retailers offer one-time promo codes for new customers, but you can be a new customer more than once by using a different email address.