Shopping affordably online can prove to be quite the challenge, especially if you don’t know any shopping hacks to sniff out the best deals. But that does not mean you shouldn’t have access to the latest fashion trends or new technology. (Image Credits: Andrea Piacquadio/ Pexels)
If you want to find the best ways to shop affordably without sacrificing quality or style, then you need to learn a few tricks and tips to hunt down the best of the best easily and effortlessly.
Here are seven shopping hacks you need to know about now.
1. Shop Only on Certain Days
If you want to score the best deals possible, know that retailers only use certain days of the week for sales events. Typically, those days include Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
So, avoid shopping online other days of the week if you want to save money on your new duds or electronic gadget.
2. Shop for Simple Items
Shop online for items that can make the simplest outfits sexier. For example, items like bralettes, bodysuits, and lingerie can give you the look you want without breaking the bank.
And, it gives the illusion of a larger wardrobe without spending too much. So, find the pieces you need to upgrade your wardrobe with stylish, trendy clothes.
3. Find Free Shipping
Of course, you’ll want to shop online not only due to the ease it affords you but also because most retailers offer free shipping to save on your overall costs. In fact, most retailers slash shipping costs on orders over a certain price.
For example, Amazon does so on orders more than $25. However, there are companies that offer free shipping with no minimum order, including Target (for REDcard holders), The North Face, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.
4. Look for Discounts
Oftentimes, if an item is irregular or imperfect, you can get a discount on it if you bring it to the attention of the store manager or a cashier. You may be able to get up to a 20 percent discount and save yourself some money.
Or, if you want an entire warehouse of “imperfect” name-brand clothes that happen to be discounted, shop at retailers like Marshalls or Burlington.
5. In-App Discounts
Some stores will pay you for downloading and using their apps. For example, CVS offered one free product per month in July for downloading their app and signing up for their rewards card. Additionally, McDonald’s provides a free offer in their app (such as a free, large French fries with your order).
Before you shop, download the app for the store you plan on visiting to see what discounts you can score.
6. Use Cashback Apps
Cashback apps like Ibotta, RetailMeNot, Rakuten, and Checkout 51 allow you to earn money back simply for shopping at your favorite retail stores — something you would probably do anyway.
Now, you can get paid to do so. Some apps require that you submit receipts, while others make you link your debit or credit cards. Check out reviews and find one that works for you.
7. Use Price Matching
A lot of retailers offer price matching, which can help you save money on the things you need to buy. So, if you see an item of interest at Best Buy and the same one at Wal-Mart at a reduced price, but you would rather get it from Best Buy due to proximity.
Let Best Buy know about the price difference and you’ll get the Wal-Mart price. You can do this with any stores that offer a price matching guarantee.
Getting the Best Deals
Now that you have some shopping hacks and tricks up your sleeve for scoring the best deals both in-stores and online, you can start shopping for whatever you need.
This way, you will have peace of mind knowing you’re saving money while revamping your wardrobe or giving in to the latest technology trends.
So, start signing up for discounts wherever possible to save the most money.