3 Ways to Save Money When Shopping Online this Christmas

One of the best consequences to come out of the rise in the internet is the ability to shop from the comfort of your home. Internet shopping has increased greatly over the years and continues to increase every year over the one before. Shopping online can save you time, frustration and often times, quite a bit of money.

Here's three ways you can save money when you are shopping online

Social Media

One of the easiest ways to locate coupon codes is through social media sites like Twitter or Facebook. Following the companies or sites that you are shopping from can give you access to special internet only sales, free shipping deals and coupon codes. Setting up these accounts are easy to do and once you have them established, you can create a special list for the businesses you frequent to be sure you don't miss any great deals.

Cash Back Sites

There are a number of websites that can be used to receive extra benefits when shopping online. Sites like Swagbucks.com or MyPoints.com offer users points for starting their online shopping at their sites. Those points are accumulated and then redeemed for prizes like gift cards. Other sites like MrRebates offer cash back for starting your shopping at their sites. Users can earn between 2-10% of their purchases back as well as free shipping or coupon codes.

Coupon Codes

Coupon codes can be found easily at many sites. These sites cull deals and coupons that are available for shopping sites. Before you complete your shopping simply visit a site, like  MyVoucherCodes and do a search similar to “Boden discount code” or “Dorothy Perkins discount code.” If there are current coupons available to save you money, they will show up on the site. You can then apply this to your order before checking out. Deals can save you anything from shipping costs to 10-25% off your total purchase or more.

When shopping online, the process involves a few easy steps using the above sites. 

  1. Follow the sites you shop frequently through social media and keep a look out for when there are sales.
  2. Start your shopping at a cash back or reward site.
  3. Seek out coupon codes to apply in your shopping cart before checking out.
  4. Pay for your online purchase with gift cards.

Using these four steps will maximize your savings and ensure that you keep as much money in your wallet as possible.

Jessica Streit is a freelance writer and the owner of The Debt Princess. A blog about living a royal life on less money. She chronicles her struggles with credit card debt and encourages others to avoid her mistakes. You can find her on Facebook or on Twitter (@Debt_Princess).

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