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I am shopping online more and more lately and discovering more and more ways to save money on online shopping.
By stacking deal on deal you can make a good deal a great deal on line. Sometimes however it is hard to remember all the different ways to stack discount on discount so today I am giving you a point by point list that you can refer to whenever you are placing a order online to make sure you got all the discounts possible.
7 Questions Thrifty People Ask Before Placing An Order Online
1. Can you find a sale?
Never pay full price, everything comes on sale. I find out about sales for the stores I shop at most by making sure I sign up for their email updates. I have a special “deals” email account just for this purpose.
2. Can you earn cash back or points?
By signing up for several different point programs and cash back sites you increase your odds of finding a discount or a point reward to save you more off the sale price. Make sure to compare the discounts if the site is offered through more than one cash back or point site as they do vary from site to site and you want to make sure you maximize your savings.
3. Can you save even more with a code?
Before I go through checkout online I always check retailmenot.com for a free shipping code, or a coupon code that I can enter.
I also sometimes find codes printed on coupons found inside my free magazines, that can be used both in store and online.
4. Can you pay with a discount gift card?
Cardpool is my favorite online discount gift card site. They sell both physical gift cards and e-cards. The e-cards sometimes take only a few hours to arrive in your email inbox, so I always check to see if I can snag one on the site I am using and then wait for its arrival before I complete the checkout process.
I don’t do this for deeply discount items that might not be there if I wait too long. For instance wouldn’t use it during an Old Navy clearance sale on jeans, since my son is an odd size that sells out fast, but when I bought a blender at Walmart.com then I ordered a discounted gift card and waited for it to arrive to order .
For stores that I shop at regularly, I might grab a gift card in advance with no item yet in mind to spend it on, knowing I will use it next time I need an item from that site. I am extremely careful to do this advanced discount gift card shopping only with stores we shop at again and again.
5. Can you pay with a point earned gift card?
This sometimes take a bit of thinking ahead since most times point program gift cards take days to weeks to be delivered but it can be a great way to save.
For instance just recently I knew my son was needing jeans. Knowing that Old Navy jeans fit his slim build best I stocked up on Swagbucks Old Navy gift cards and waited for a sale, then I used a discount code, got free shipping due to the size of my order, and paid for most of the order with my Swagbucks Old Navy gift cards, and since I shopped through Swagbucks I earned Swag Bucks on the order.
6. Can you share your deal with your friends and get a referral credit?
Got a great deal on a name brand pair of shoes you know that your friends also love at Zulily. Share your find on Facebook and if your friends were not Zulily customers before and order you get a referral credit you can put toward your next purchase.
ThredUp and Twice are online consignment stores that offer your friends $10 off their first order when they sign up through your link and you $10 when your friend first order is processed. So it is a win win situation.
7. Can you snag a daily deal help pay for it?
I often grab daily deals for Lucky Vitamin one of my favorite sources online for vitamins and endurance sport products. These often make my orders 1/2 price.
Oh and don’t forget to see if your point programs or cash back sites are offering points or cash back on daily deals purchased through their links.
By taking the few extra moments to ask yourself these 7 questions you can save your household hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.
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