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November 17th, 2014 at 10:24 am

Online Shopping Tips


Online shopping has become a popular way to handle the purchase of holiday gifts. It’s an easier and quicker way for busy people to shop. If you are new to online shopping, here are some tips to help you become a savvy online shopper!

  • Companies often offer sales online that they don’t offer in store. Coupled with coupons you might be able to use, you can not only save time, but money as well, by shopping on their website.
  • Create an account on sites you shop the most. This makes purchasing easier because your information (shipping, billing, order history, etc.) will be securely stored in the account. Additionally, you’ll be able to check your order/shipping status, facilitate returns, and sometimes even contact customer service through live chat or a direct account function.
  • Sign up to get emails from companies you frequently purchase from. They will send you exclusive emails with sales and coupons to use for future purchases. It can make a big difference when you have a significant percentage off your total!
  • Don’t throw away packaging and receipts once your item arrives. Most companies allow you to send the item back in it’s original packaging for a full refund with free postage. Sometimes you decide the item isn’t exactly what you wanted, sometimes there’s an issue with the item itself, or sometimes it doesn’t fit or work the way you need it to. Don’t get stuck keeping an item you don’t want or need.
  • Early Black Friday sales are already being posted, and even more appear on Black Friday itself. The best day to shop online is Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving. It is a good day to find significant sales of up to 40% or 50% off!

Also, you can earn cash back from your online holiday purchases (and any other time of year as well) by signing up with Ebates is paid by a number of popular online retailers to drive sales on their online platforms. Each retailer offers a different percentage of cash back, some on certain items or type of purchases, some on your total purchase of any items. Walmart is one of the major participants, so you can earn cash back from buying Garanimals!

Some great sites to monitor for online sale information are:

Brad’s Deals

Penny Pinching Mom

Saving with Shellie

Passion for Savings

I plan on getting A LOT of shopping done this way for Christmas! How about you?




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January 25th, 2013 at 5:00 am

How to Save Money by Shopping Online

Over the past couple of years I have found the excitement of shopping online. There are so many positive aspects to this. I don’t have to leave my house (especially with the recent below zero temps). I can search for deals among different sites on the same product. I don’t end up noticing a “few” extra things that I just have to have!

Online Coupon Sites

When I am shopping online, I always like to refer to some online coupon sites before I hit the checkout button. There are sites all over the internet that display coupon codes for online shopping websites. These can cover anything from free shipping to 15-50 percent off of almost every website. Once you receive this code you just copy and paste into the website’s promotional box when you checkout. You see your saving automatically and it can be very exciting!

Price -Comparison Sites

Another handy online tool are sites that show comparisons of the prices at different stores. These are a great way to see which store holds the best deal on a certain item.

Store Mailing Lists

I have a love/hate relationship with store mailing lists. They can overflow my mailbox, especially during the holidays, although this holiday I figured out a trick. I set my email to weed out certain store emails and route them to a special folder. When I plan on shopping for something or at a certain store I check this mailbox for the latest deal. These can save you huge percentages off your total when you checkout.  Often you will receive a coupon code upon signing up for these mailing lists as well, to save you anywhere from 10% to 30% or even more off your first purchase.

Even though these items make online shopping easy you do need to keep several rules in mind:

  • Be careful of who’s online
    advice you take
  • Know what you are buying and how much money you are spending before you start shopping
  • Avoid impulse buys
  • Buy from established and secure sites
  • Check out the return policy

Online shopping can be fun and take less time out of your schedule. What are your favorite things to shop for online?

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September 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Online Shopping Just Got Better

Don’t you just love finding a bargain? I know I do. But a lot of the real bargains require serious attention to sales and special offers, which means a lot of time in stores. That’s something I don’t love or have much time for. Except for the occasional stroll through my favorite discount stores, I’m not usually in a store unless I’m there for something specific. And with my timing, I’m often there the day after the coupon expires.

Except for clothes, which I prefer to try on, I do a serious amount of online shopping. I’ve been a faithful Peapod shopper for years and would never go back to in-store grocery shopping. If only Trader Joe’s and Costco would offer online shopping and delivery. That would make me SO happy.  Are you reading this Trader Joe’s??

I also rely heavily on Amazon. Books, music, electronics, health and beauty products and even coffee, are some of the items I’ve ordered recently. I could never get my holiday gift giving done without it.

So I’m always interested in better online shopping solutions. Two new apps came to my attention that I think are worth sharing. Google (yes, Google again) recently released an  ipad app called Google Catalogs (go figure, Android has to wait) which allows you to subscribe to electronic versions of lots of retail catalogs and look books and browse them in the comfort of your most comfortable chair. I downloaded it today and had a great time checking out some catalogs that I don’t normally get.

Some of the app’s features include making favorites of your preferred catalogs, ordering products directly from the app, or finding the nearest retail store which sells it. It even let’s me know the hours that the store is open today. How handy is that? But the real bonus is the ability to search across multiple catalogs for a particular item. That’s what I call power shopping!

Now catalog shopping on my ipad is great in an of itself, but to make it that much more satisfying, try out Coupon Sherpa. It’s available online at and as an iphone app. (Android and Blackberry apps are on the way). Here’s a one-stop app for finding coupons for the stores you are going to shop (online included). Never hit the checkout without checking here first.

So whether you’re shopping at the mall or from your couch, these two apps can help you get the job done.

Thank you Pure Wow for alerting me to Google Catalogs and to Digitwirl for the heads up on Coupon Sherpa. These will both come in really handy.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


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