frugal shopping online
In a previous article, I told you how to use comparison shopping sites to score the best online deals. Now that you found an online store through comparison shopping, your next step as a frugal shopper is to find the best online sales deal from the merchant you want to buy from.
The first thing you need to do is head to Dealspotr and login to your account there. If you’re not familiar with Dealspotr and don’t have an account, you can read all about them in a previous article I wrote: See How Easily You Can Save Money & Get Free Amazon Gift Cards Just for Sharing Deals. Go ahead and click the link to read that article before you continue on reading this one. Don’t worry, the link will open in a new tab/window so that you don’t lose your place here. 😉
Searching for the Best Online Sales at Dealspotr
Okay, now that you’ve read my article on Dealspotr and hopefully joined, let’s continue on with how to use Dealspotr to find the best online sales from the merchant you want to buy from. First, make sure you have Dealspotr open in a new tab/window and that you’re logged in to your account there. Done? Good. Now, grab your notebook to jot down some more notes.
Enter the name of the merchant you’re looking for in Dealspotr’s search box. After you enter the merchant’s name, a menu should drop down, and if that store is on Dealspotr, its name will appear in the drop down menu under stores. If the merchant is listed on Dealspotr, click on the store’s name or logo (whichever appears) to view its current deals.
In your notebook, write down the information for the best deals from that merchant. The information you’ll need to write down is the promo code and discount information (e.g. 25%, free shipping, etc.). Be sure to check that the deal hasn’t expired. If a deal is still there and it has expired, it will say expired.
Boost Your Savings With Cashback Shopping
Now that you have a list of the best online sales deals, you can boost your savings by joining cashback shopping sites. It’s free to join the sites, and as a member, you’ll earn a percentage of your total purchase from online merchants back.
To ensure you get the most savings, be sure you check out all the cashback shopping sites you’re a member of. You’ll be looking for the cashback site that offers the most money back for the merchant you want to buy from. For instance, one site may offer 3.4% cashback when you shop with Walmart while the other site offers 6% cashback for shopping with Walmart from their site. Obviously, you’ll want to go with the cashback site that offers 6% back.
Since you have to use the link from the cashback site to get the cashback savings from the merchant you’re buying from, you may be wondering what the purpose of the note taking was for? It’s simple, you’ll use the coupon code for the deal you discovered at Dealspotr to save even more. Make sure you use the coupon code for the deal that offers you the biggest savings. 😉
Before you make your purchase, browse the cashback site you’re making the purchase from to see if they list a better offer than you already have. If they do, you’ll want to take advantage of their offer instead. If that’s the case, most of the time you’ll just click the link they’ve provided to get that bigger discount. By clicking that link from their site, you’ll still receive the cashback as well.
Suggested Cashback Shopping Sites
If you’re familiar with cashback shopping, you may already be a member of some cashback shopping websites. Whether you’re a member or not, here are a few of my favorites, which, of course, you may want to consider joining: Be Frugal, eBates, Extrabux, Memolink, Mr. Rebates, My Points and Swagbucks.
Happy shopping and saving!
The majority of my frugal shopping adventures take place online. I love not having to fight crowds and wait in a long line to pay for my merchandise. But do you know what I love most about shopping via the internet? The deals! Yes, folks, there really are many great sales in the cyber marketplace for the frugal shopper! In fact, many times I’ve discovered that I save more money shopping online than I do shopping at brick and mortar stores in Southern Illinois.
Back when the internet was still new, shipping prices were inflated so much that most of the time it was still cheaper to shop offline. Nowadays, though, shipping and return policies are more consumer friendly, and when I factor in the high price of gas to drive into town, I discover I usually get better bargains shopping online.
Shopping online for deals will take time to get the best bargains, but the time that you’ll spend researching to find the best online deals will be worth it.
How a Frugal Shopper Scores the Best Online Deals
When shopping online for the best deals, you’ll want to compare prices. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend hours comparing prices yourself, because price comparison sites have done it for you. However, it will take a little time to examine the price comparison websites to find the merchandise you’re looking for at the lowest price. Once you get use to the sites’ layouts, though, it won’t take as long next time you decide to go on a shopping spree.
As I get ready to compare prices, I ensure I have a notebook and pen handy to write down the name of the merchandise I plan to buy. Next, I explore each of the sites, and when I come across the product I’m interested in, I see which merchant sells that item for the lowest price. Finally, I write down the name of the merchant with the lowest price. I also write down the price that online store sells the product for, because later I’ll search for current deals from that merchant.
Confused? Here’s an example, which I hope makes it easier for you to understand… Let’s say I’m looking to buy a Nintendo Wii U 32 GB Deluxe Game Console. First, I head to Google Shopping and type “Nintendo Wii U” (with quotes) into the search box at the top of their page. After clicking to search, I see what I’m looking for, so I click the “compare prices” button. Now I scroll to the bottom of the store listings and see there are 40 stores with this product, so I click “view all 40 online stores.”
Upon viewing all the stores, I see (at the time of this writing) Walmart has the cheapest price at $299.96 (with free shipping, if you have it shipped to your local Walmart).
Although Google Shopping shows that Walmart has the lowest price, I want to check with the other comparison sites to see if they list different online stores with an even lower price (including shipping). That being said, I open a new tab and head to Price Grabber. I do the same at Price Grabber as I did at Google Shopping. Walmart still has the lowest price (including shipping), so I’ll continue doing the same aforementioned steps with each comparison shopping site.
Once I finished looking at all four of my favorite comparison shopping sites, I discovered Walmart had the lowest price. So, being the frugal shopper that I am, here’s what I wrote in my notebook: “Nintendo Wii 32 GB Deluxe Game Console, Walmart, $299.96 with free shipping if I have it shipped to my local Walmart store.”
Now that you know the online retailer you want to buy from head over and read my tips on how a frugal shopper goes about finding the best sales.