The internet is a cool place. You can communicate with people on the other side of the world, you can find information on almost anything, and most importantly, you can shop without having to leave bed.
Online shopping is a wonderful thing, but are you spending more than you have to? No, I’m not talking about actually cutting back on your spending or taking things out of your Sephora cart. I’m about to drop some knowledge bombs on how to save money without sacrificing anything. Sounds too good to be true, huh?
Welllllll, that’s where you’re wrong. You are probably spending more money than you have to when it comes to online shopping, and here’s how.
You’re not planning ahead.
There are a bunch of different sale periods (and individual sale days) every year, and the great thing about them is that they’re planned ahead. So why the hell aren’t you?
For bigger investments, or just to be extra financially responsible, plan your purchases around annual sale days like Vogue Online Shopping Night, Black Friday or Boxing Day when you know your favourite stores will have major discounts.
If you know your foundation is going to run out in February, stock up on Boxing Day when you can save that extra $10.
You’re not doing your research.
If you’re buying something online, you’d be stupid not to look around for the best deal. Even if you want to be lazy and just search on Google Shopping, make sure to check whether your product can be found cheaper. This sounds simple, but I know so many people who only check one website before making a purchase. This is possibly the easiest way to save money when it comes to online shopping.
You’re not utilizing coupons.
Once you’ve found the cheapest website to purchase your item, you can still probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Do yourself a favour and download the Honey browser extension. Honey literally does the work for you when it comes to couponing, all you have to do is click the browser extension while you’re shopping and it’ll automatically find you the best coupon available. This is literally the best thing to ever happen to online shopping, and it’s free!
You’re paying for shipping.
This one isn’t always avoidable, but there are some hacks to get out of paying that shipping fee. If you live near a store, click and collect is your best friend. This means you can still capitalise on all of those online discounts and coupons, but don’t have to pay (or wait) for delivery.
Another way to save money is to get a free trial of Shipster. Shipster has partnered with over 50 retailers to give you free shipping (with a monthly fee of $6.95 per month). BUT, they have a two-month free trial period to test out the service, so if you’re organised enough to cancel the membership as soon as the free trial is over, you won’t pay a cent for shipping!
I personally wouldn’t pay for this service as I don’t use these retailers much, but you can get similar services with individual retailers like ASOS (you pay an annual fee in exchange for free express shipping on every order). You kinda have to work this one out for yourself, but if you’re ordering frequently, this kind of service could save you money.
Still don’t believe me?
I tried to purchase a Benefit blush online. Myer, Sephora and Adore Beauty all stocked the item for the same price.
Sephora: Out of stock.
Myer: No discount, $9.95 standard delivery or free in-store pickup.
Adore Beauty: Claimed $10 off coupon and qualified for free express shipping AND got two free samples
All three websites started out with the same price. A little research goes a long ass way.