Friday, June 3, 2011

Shop online and save money (guest post)

Save Money Shopping Online

One of the biggest pitfalls of successful budgeting involves splurge spending during shopping outings. We've all done it. Going to a store to pick up a few necessary items can lead to buying the latest trends in fashion or the much desired household items you've been eyeing. While this can be a lot of fun, it can also do major damage to our bank accounts and spending plans. If kicking the splurge spending habit just isn't a reasonable option, shopping online can really cut back on the costs of some of those highly desired items. These three tips will help you make the best of your online shopping experience.

Make a List
While this may sound silly for shopping online, having a list of the things you plan to get online can really help you shop more quickly and without distraction. Write down the things that you would like to find online and stick to getting only those items. At the bottom of the list write down what your budget is so that you won't overspend if you find something that is particularly grabbing. Keeping a shopping list helps you stay organized and keep track of the deals on various websites.

Shop Around
One of the biggest benefits of online shopping is the ability to shop around without having to leave your chair, couch, or bed. Go to several different websites and hunt for the best deal. There are numerous shopping websites out there. Some, however, have much better prices and offers than others. If you find an item that you like, bookmark the site and then search that specific product on other sites. Try to find the best deal. However, be wary of cheap initial prices on sites that hike up the shipping costs. They can be very sneaky. Don't spend too much time looking, but do look around a bit for a deal.

Utilizes Special Promotions
Perhaps the biggest perks of online shopping are the special promotions and deals that are offered. Even some of the most expensive and lavish stores offer web exclusive sales to individuals on their emailing list. If there are a few stores that you shop at regularly, sign up on their emailing list and receive promotional deals and coupons regularly. Of course, this can be an easy area to slip up in. Don't make the mistake of using every coupon that you are offered just because it is a deal. Use only the coupons and sales that are useful for you. Don't waste your money on something you don't need just because it is cheaper than it should be. Using online promotions is a great way to save some money and still pamper yourself just a little.

Online shopping is often looked down upon by the traditional budgeter. Find ways to make online shopping work for you. Save time and save money.

Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online degrees.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez 


  1. Yes i think this is important for using coupon.Also for online shopping.John Coupon save helper

  2. I love using coupons ,indeed I am a coupon dad. It helps me cut back my expenses even on gas . It's also much fun to get my tool sets in discounts. :)


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