November 04, 2016

5 Ways To Save Money Shopping Online

This is a part of my Ballin' on a Budget series, where I share tips, tricks and best-kept secrets to sticking to a budget while living your best life! 

This post is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are my own. 
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This week, I shared how I save money on all of my big purchases, and the response was so great that I teamed up with Groupon again to talk about how I save money when I shop online! I'm definitely an online shopper... there's something so easy about browsing, clicking and it just showing up at your door! But it can add up really quickly... trust me, I'd know ;) Luckily, I've learned some go-to tips for saving the most money when shopping online, so you can get even more for even less!
1) Two words: Amazon. Prime. // So Amazon Prime isn't a sale website or anything, but signing up for Prime gives you free two-day shipping on all Amazon orders! Sign up for a free 30-day trial to test out the service and save you tons of money! While it's an initial fee, it'll definitely save you money in the long run!

2) Track prices before you buy // I already mentioned how much I love Price Blink's browser extension that automatically compares prices on any item you're looking at.. which makes it ten times easier to save money! I also swear by ShopStyle that allows you to track prices and set sale alerts on items you're lusting over.. so when that expensive pair of heels that never go on sale go on sale, you'll save yourself money and get that pair of shoes.. talk about a win/win!

3) Check off-price retailers first // While larger-named department stores like Nordstrom, Saks and Neiman Marcus might be your first choice when it comes to online shopping, they can be expensive! Try off-price retailers like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus Last Call so you can grab designer goods and high-end clothes at discount prices!

4) Use ShopRunner // Have you ever heard of ShopRunner? It's a service really similarly to Amazon Prime that gives you free 2-day shipping on websites that usually charge for shipping. Stores like Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, eBags and more all offer free shipping to ShopRunner members! So like Amazon Prime, there's an initial fee but you'll save tons that make it so worth it. What truly wins you over is the free return shipping with ShopRunner, so if something doesn't fit or look good, you can send it back without paying for the pesky $5+ shipping fees. Plus, if you're an AmEx cardmember, you may be eligible for a complimentary membership!

5) Use Groupon Coupons // I never online shop without first checking online for coupons. I mean it's simple.. why pay full price when chances are there's a 10, 15, 25% off coupon somewhere out there! I always check Groupon before I checkout any online purchase because they have all of my favorite and go-to stores, including Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor! Definitely a lifesaver when online shopping!

So there you have it... those are my big secrets on how I save money when online shopping. Hopefully it can help you out too!

Do you online shop? How do you save money? 

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46 comments:

  1. It can get me in trouble sometimes, but I subscribe to my favourite stores' email lists because they often send out coupon codes. I also shop through ebates to earn cash back on my purchases!

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  2. I love shopping online. Anytime I can save money I am all for it. I use Groupon a lot! I also use ebates.

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  3. Amazon prime is LIFE. I get so frustrated when I order from somewhere else and it doesn't show up in 2 days! LOL

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  4. Totally forgot about groupon coupons!! And Amazon Prime is the best!

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  5. I live for Groupon. I am not a fan of Amazon Prime only because i had a bad experience with them not refunding my money but Groupon i shop there all the time.

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  6. Love Love Love this post! Thanks for sharing your awesome tips!

    Latasha @ Artandbudgets.com

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  7. I love this series! Huge fan of groupon coupons and tracking my purchases before I buy.

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

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  8. Great post! I love using Amazon prime for everything - worth the investment completely!

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  9. Groupon is a good thing and I love Amazon Prime. Great experiences with both for different reasons.

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  10. Amazon Prime is like the holy grail of all shopping! I can't get enough of it and being a stay-at-home mom doesn't make it any easier.

    Shatreka
    ChicStylez360.com

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  11. I love saving money and love groupon! Great post!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  12. Great tips. I installed the Honey app on my browser which automatically searches for coupon codes online. I like it!!

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  13. Amazon Prime is my life. I also adore Groupon.

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  14. Amazon Prime is such an amazing thing. I use an extension called Honey. It tries different coupon codes to get you the best savings. It's so great and easy to use. I love saving money. I almost never buy anything unless it's on sale anymore, haha!

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  15. I love Amazon Prime! It's my savior for holiday shopping haha!

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  16. Great suggestions for saving money! I am all about checking prices ahead and comparing them before making any purchases..big or small!

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  17. Awesome tips! I plan to shop online alot this season so I will be saving this!

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  18. I love my Amazon Prime! I really need to start getting more into Groupon though because tons of my friends have saved lots.

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  19. Amazon Prime is my go to place for price shopping and comparisons! It's so great that a lot of brick and mortar stores price match with them, too!

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  20. I love Groupon and Amazon Prime. I ahve never heard of ShopRunner, so I will check this out.

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  21. I LOVE amazon prime. It is so easy to order things plus the movies are awesome, too! Thanks for the tips!

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  22. Great tips, especially for the holiday season!!

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  23. Love this. We also order groceries online to compare prices easier and keep track of the total cost, rather than being surprised at checkout.

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  24. I use Ebates, so great!!
    xo
    Jen
    effortlesseverydaystyle.blogspot.com

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  25. Such a brilliant tips! We really need to save money this coming Holiday.

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  26. I need to go on Groupon more, I found some great coupons for my mom's birthday! Maybe I should try ordering groceries online!
    xxoxo

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  27. Wonderful tips! I have a hard time with shopping online because most of the sites are in the US and shipping to me in Canada can be so pricey. So this is great, and will help me with that too! - Jeanine

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  28. I love this post! I'm so addicted to shopping online and hopefully these tips will help me save some $$$! xx

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  29. Groupon Coupons and Prime are my two go-to's! Also just heard of "Coupons at Checkout" - a Chrome plug in that apparently automatically finds the best coupons and applies them accordingly!

    Coming Up Roses

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  30. These are great tips! I use some of them already but I see a few new ones I need to check out!

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  31. I love shopping online because I feel like it is easier to save a few dollars here or there versus in the store.

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  32. I recently starting using Groupon. It really is a great way to save money. I will check out these other tips too! Amber N

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  33. Shoprunner is new to me. I need to use Groupon more. They have great deals for local attractions but I always forget about coupons!

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  34. Never heard of Shoprunner but I occasionally use Groupon coupons. Best thing ever!

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  35. I love online shopping, it's convenient and it's a great way to get what you need without having to drive to a store. These are great tips on how to save! I love groupon!

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  36. Oh yeah, I am always happy to find new ways to save money online. Great post, I am saving it to make sure I am not missing anything.

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  37. I'm always down for saving money and shopping online! These are some fantastic tips my dear. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Suzanne | MaQ + Suz
    www.suzannespiegoski.com

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  38. What a great post! I love shopping online and I love saving money

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  39. Great list! I love Groupon and Amazon Prime. I shop online all the time and I also use Poshmark for secondhand clothes and I'm getting really good at it.

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  40. I've really been trying to save money lately, amazon prime is such a time and money saver. Groupon coupons are great too!

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  41. Great tips. It's amazing what you can find online when you know the style number. I've saved so much on bridesmaid dresses by shopping online.

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  42. These are all great tips! I always love reading this series!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

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  43. Omg I am definitely going to try out Price Blink! That sounds like such a great tool to have.

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

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  44. This was super helpful! I had a trial for Prime and Shoprunner and loved both.

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  45. Amazon prime is great! I got it free as a student and it saves me a ton of money! I also like the ebooks and movies you can get with it as well.

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  46. I have never heard of shop runner before but that sounds like a great money saving tool for online shopping.

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