I saw this Reddit asking that question – and thought it would be interesting to discuss here.
Most of our shopping is still done in-store – save for some gifts and “deals” we come across over the internet. But, with news of online retailers matching store pricing (like Target) and Amazon offering free 2-day shipping and other incentives with their Prime offering – it is becoming more and more price competitive to shop online.
Comparing some of our past shopping lists with prices online at (mainly) Amazon – I did a little research of some items that can be cheaper than buying at the store. Plus – we can save on gas and time shopping.
I typically get ours at Home Depot or another hardware store – and they run about $35-45. These things are not cheap! You can also save by “subscribing” to deliver service too. At Amazon – the price is $27.80 for a Whirlpool individual filter.
Now this can be a hit-and-miss game here – you have to be watchful. Obviously with toilet paper there is the tissues-per-roll and the ply amount. You'll have to factor these in when you shop. But, there is a pretty decent deal on a 48-pack of Quilted Northern for $23.94 (which amounts to 0.50 cents/roll).
Because Amazon has such a big online presence it is able to attract a lot of folks who want to resell their old books online. And with that – there are loads of books being sold for much less then retail. The catch here is that even if you are a Prime member, most items that are sold through 3rd parties is not eligible for the free shipping (check out how to sell your books at Amazon).
We have found some pretty good deals online for our pet rabbit. If you have one too – you can visit BinkyBunny.com. I have read other testimonials too where they have saved more money by shopping online for their pet feed.
Depending on what you are looking for and what season we're in, there are some great deals to find online at various retailers. It seems like Aeropostale, Old Navy and Kohl's are always running online deals.
I picked up a very handy iPhone backup battery charger for about $6 at Amazon awhile back and I love that thing. I haven't ever found anything similar at the store. eBay is another good source for small electronics that are may be slightly used but affordable.
If you are a big magazine reader like me (though I actually don't subscribe to many) – online is a great place to sign-up and get deals. One of my favorites – Golf Magazine – is $10 for one-year.
Of course – buying in bulk is oftentimes going to be cheaper than buying individually – and that is where you can get the deepest discounts. Are there any items that you exclusively shop online for now?