Everyone loves a good deal. What’s even better is being able to get a discount without working too hard for it. I always try to avoid paying full price for items, especially if I’m shopping online.

Shopping online offers convenience, but it also gives you the ability to find coupons and wait for holiday deals.

If you love to save while shopping too, here are 5 ways to avoid paying full price for online purchases.

Subscribe For Deals

One of the easiest ways to avoid paying full price for online purchases is to subscribe to a retailer’s email list. You may be asked to do this when you go to their website, and it’s often a good idea if you plan on shopping there more than once.

Some sites will even offer to give you a discount on your first purchase if you sign up. Other sites make it a game and have you spin a virtual wheel to see what your discount will be.

Once you sign up to receive emails, you’ll be the first to know about the best offers and promotions. You may even get coupon codes sent straight to your email so you can save money on your purchases.

If you don’t want to have an overflowing inbox, you can create a new email address, where you can send all of your shopping promotions. That way, you can save up and only peek at deals when you can afford to shop.

Holiday Sales

Online holiday sales, whether they’re for Memorial Day, Halloween, or Christmas, can significantly lower your shopping costs. So, planning your shopping around the holidays is a great strategy to save money.

Also, consider shopping around some non-official holidays like spring or back to school. There are certain times of the year retailers offer discounts because they know that’s when individuals or families need to make new purchases.

Spring sales usually include items for summer. People are happy for warmer weather and ready to buy sandals and bathing suits. And, back to school sales usually include children’s clothing, school supplies, and organizing supplies too.

Online Coupons

If you don’t really have much of a savings strategy when shopping online, using online coupons is one of the easiest ways to start.

Some stores offer their own coupons, but you can also use a site like Coupon Chief to help you save at your favorite retailers. Let us do the bulk of the work for you in terms of scouring the Internet for deals and relevant coupon codes. You just search for your favorite store and use the codes we provide.

Stores tend to change their offers often so Coupon Chief stays up-to-date with the latest discounts.

Also, some stores will allow coupon stacking, where you can use multiple coupons at once. You can install Coupon Chief’s Scout extension on your browser to make sure you’re taking advantage of every coupon code available to you.

Shop Refurbished

Refurbished items are often just open-box products that are still in perfectly good condition. Still, stores can’t charge full price for them so this is another great way to avoid paying full price for online purchases.

Refurbished electronics are also pretty common so this can be a great way to save on what would otherwise be a super expensive purchase. Sites like Gazelle sell gently used or refurbished smart phones and laptops. This is especially useful if you want to purchase something like an iPad for a child but don’t want to pay a premium price for it in case they accidentally break it.

Save Up For Amazon Prime Day

The more often you shop, the more money you’re likely to spend. It’s just that simple. However, if you limit your shopping, you can save up year-round and prepare for big sales events, like Amazon Prime Day for example.

Amazon Prime Day is just one of many retail sales events to choose from, but it’s a great way to save money on the items you want and need. Amazon Prime Day only comes once a year, and the deals last for 36 hours.

Yes, big blowout sales can prompt you to spend more. But, if you already know they’re coming and start saving up in advance, you can actually benefit.

This is another reason why I like to save all year long for Christmas spending in a separate savings account. I add money to a separate savings account every month for it so that when Black Friday rolls around, I have all the money I need for Christmas shopping. This means I can take advantage of discounts without going into credit card debt.

Summary

Shopping online can save you both time and money. Be sure to keep these easy ideas in mind to avoid paying full price for online purchases.

How often do you shop online? Which one of these savings strategies do you use most and why?

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