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Save Money by Shopping Online

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Save Money on Gifts

Jane M Sawyer, Morguefile

Shopping online is a wonderful way to save time and money. Internet shops often have great sales and many even have free shipping offers. These tips will help you find the coolest gifts for the best prices, all without leaving your house.

Make a List

Take a moment to make a list of all of the people you want to shop for. If you have gift ideas, write them down, and leave space for the things you find so you can stay organized. If you have a budget, write that down as well so you won’t overspend if you find something extra-special. Once you buy a gift, write it next to that person’s name and check them off.

Shop Around

There are plenty of great shopping websites out there and some have better prices and offers than others. If you find an item you’d like to buy, write it down, bookmark the website and then do a search for the product in your favorite search engine. Don’t spend hours looking, but do take a few minutes to find the shops that have the best overall deals.

Set a Time to Browse

Shopping online does take some time, because things aren’t as organized as they are in the mall. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s hard to know where to begin. Try visiting my list of unique and interesting online stores for ideas to get started. As you browse more, you’ll find great options of your own.

Start Shopping Early

Don’t wait until the last minute to shop online. First of all, you’ll miss many of the good offers and sales. But the other consideration is that you’ll need to have everything shipped to you. If you wait too long, you’ll find yourself paying extra for shipping, or not having a gift when you need it. No fun at all.

Get a Discount

Get into a mindset where you expect to pay less than full price and to receive free shipping. You may not always achieve these goals, and some special gifts are worth paying a little more, but this will encourage you to save as much as possible.

  • Sign up for email newsletters from your favorite stores. These often contain valuable coupons and other special offers.
  • Search for coupons for stores. There are plenty of websites that just list discount codes for online shopping. Don’t pay anything for these codes and please be careful to avoid downloading files or clicking on suspicious links. If something doesn’t feel right to you, skip it. 5% off is not worth it if you fry your computer in the process. I prefer sites that have comments from users, because it lets me know that other people are using the site on a regular basis.
  • Wait for sales. This is another reason to shop early. You can wait to see if the item will go on sale, or the shop with offer some great discounts.
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