“I love online shopping,” says Isra. “It’s my favorite way to score a deal actually. Here are the five tips I always tell people.”
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“Sign up for your favorite stores’ newsletters, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter,” Isra advises. “Their fans and loyal customers always get heads up on the best deals, sneak sales and limited coupon codes.”
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Get your cash back
“Shop through a cash-back site like shopathome.com or ebates.com,” says Isra. “When you shop through one of their links, you get a percentage back on your shopping total. I prefer shopathome.com because it offers a 110 percent price match guarantee on any site that is giving back a higher percentage than they are. I have used the guarantee twice and it was super easy.”
Mind the shipping
Many shoppers are put off when they find a great deal online only to find out that the shipping puts it back up to sky high prices when they get to the checkout. It’s part of the reason why large sites like Amazon have instituted deals like Amazon Prime, which offers free shipping with membership.
“Always look for free shipping or the option to pick up at the local brick and mortar store. Or if you are planning to make a large order, many stores, like oldnavy.com, will give free shipping over $50, and free returns. If you shop online a lot, it may be worth it to sign up for a membership on shoprunner.com. It offers free two-day shipping and free returns at over 80 stores online, including places like Toys R Us, FTD and even Domino’s pizza. It’s free for 30 days and then $79/year after. It also offers free memberships to American Express card holders.”
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Know when to shop
Sometimes when you shop is more important than where you shop.
“Shop major holiday and end of season sales,” advises Isra. “Right now, summer clearance sales are happening all over the internet. I never shop Black Friday, but I score all of the best deals on Cyber Monday. The next big deals to watch for would be computers and fall clothing with all of the back to school sales in August.”
Clip your (virtual) coupons
“Always look for a coupon code or promo code,” says Isra. “By checking sites like retailmenot.com or even the store’s Twitter feed, you can find promo codes that will help save even more off the total. I’ve even tweeted stores right before making a purchase if they have any coupon codes current right now and twice they’ve given me one to use!”