Tricks for Smart Online Shopping

You don’t have to go to a physical store on the weekend to experience the shopping madness. But here’s the real reason you should shop online : It’s cheaper.

Thanks to promo codes, cashback sites and sneaky tricks, shopping online can actually be a very rewarding experience if you know how to do it. Use these super-easy tips when you shop online to save a ton of money.

1. Find a coupon or a promo code
There are two types of discounts to look for before you make a purchase: Online promo codes and physical, paper coupons. Just be wary of those fake coupons that sound too good to be true.

2.Use a cashback program
Here’s how it works: When you click through a cashback site to reach the store where you want to shop, the site gets a referral bonus and to make sure you keep using the cashback site, you will get a cashback usually 2 to 4 percent of the purchase you made. Usually you can use cashback sites in conjunction with coupons and promo codes.

3.Go gift card hunting
If you know you’re going to be doing a lot of shopping at one particular store, you can score a “discount” by purchasing a member card from that store. It’s usually not a huge discount but it’s something.

4.Take a break
It’s difficult to stop yourself from hitting “checkout” when you’ve already typed in your credit card number. But before you pull the trigger on an online purchase, it’s a good idea to take a moment, step away, and let your items sit in your cart for a couple of days.

5. Check social media
While smaller brands won’t show up on cashback sites, that doesn’t mean they don’t offer discounts. Search a store’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for posts with promo codes that could still be valid.

6. Think ‘bundle,’ not ‘Discount’
If you have a flexible budget look for bundles, rather than discounts. Retailers can’t cut the prices of the products, but they can offer bundled incentives. Instead of picking up one item for $299, find a $350 bundle that includes two or three items.