A massive 87% of the UK have bought at least one product online in the last month. Online shopping is becoming increasingly tempting to consumers due to its promise of a comfortable, simple and instant shopping experience. Customers can endlessly browse within the comfort of their own home and purchase with just a few effortless clicks. Not only is the convenience of online shopping appealing but online sites have smaller overheads in comparison to high street stores, making prices considerably lower and more competitive. For those that are on a budget or are simply wanting to save some pennies here are some online hacks to ensure a successful, thrifty shopping trip.
1. Avoid those Nasty Shipping Fees.
Almost all online retailers will offer a free shipping service on the condition that the products you are purchasing exceed a certain threshold. To avoid the irritating situation of spending just below the free delivery threshold, buy something small from the accessories department, a nail polish, pair of socks or a hair accessory to add on the extra pounds in order to be entitled to free delivery on all your purchases. Logically, you might as well spend the money on a small treat for you than paying an unnecessary delivery charge. Alternatively, you could cheekily purchase more items than you originally planned, making you eligible for the free delivery. Then simply return the items unused at a later date.
2. Sign up to All Newsletters.
Although signing up to company newsletters constantly litters your inbox it can often be beneficial, giving exclusive insight into upcoming sales, new launches or store discounts. Companies often thank you for signing up to receive emails by giving you additional discounts on your current shopping bag. When signing up, always provide your date of birth as you are often treated on your birthday with exclusive discounts, vouchers or with free products and services.
3. Discard the Basket.
This sounds extremely counterproductive when you’re shopping online but by clicking off the browser, companies believe you are contemplating a purchase and often send you an improved amount of discount to persuade you to snap up those items still lingering in your virtual basket. Taking a break from online shopping before purchasing will also prevent you from contributing to the 21.7 billion that the UK annually splurges on impulse buys. Ask yourself if you really need it and ensure that you don’t already own a practically identical version before typing in your bank card details.
4. Buy using Gift Cards.
Try the website Zeek to buy discounted gift cards if you’re purchasing items from a high street. Zeek sells unwanted gift cards with discount applied giving you the opportunity to save on your purchases. If it’s impossible to find a gift card for your buys and you have both a debit card and a credit card always pay on the credit card. Generally, credit card companies repay money on returned items faster than debit cards.
5. Sign up to Cash Back Websites.
Signing up to cash back websites can also help you to save a certain percentage of your online spend. With some sites offering up to 20% return on your purchase. It can help to save extra pennies when you’re splashing out.
6. Delete Cookies.
Companies and businesses stalk your online habits, sites you regularly visit and pending online purchases by using cookies. Sites often advertise better deals for new customers so deleting your cookies and using an alternative web browser for online shopping can all help in getting the best possible offers and prices for your online purchase. Freakishly, companies also have insight into our addresses and fluctuate prices of products and services accordingly. Reserving your online shop for when you’re visiting friends or using an online café confuses companies’ knowledge of your address resulting in better discounts.
7. Don’t want the hassle of searching online for discounts yourself?
Get someone else to do it for you! Sites like Flubit actually negotiate deals on your behalf. Flubit tries to better the price of the product advertised on Amazon.co.uk by conversing with a variety of different online retailers all selling the same product. Other sites like Honey automatically locate and apply discounts to your online purchases. All you have to do is download Honey and simply click the Honey Button when checking out your items for automatic effortless savings.
8. Protect your Confidential Details.
Worryingly, only 9% of Briton’s are able to identify fraudulent scams or texts so it’s imperative that sensitive information is entered onto a trusted web page.
that you are sure that you are entering sensitive information onto a trusted web page. Be cautious with websites that have poor written content, bad reviews, inaccurate contact details or no contact details at all and an out of date security certificate. Before entering your details always confirm that the beginning of the web address starts with https as the ‘s’ stands for secure and confirms that the web page is safe from hackers and fraudsters.
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