From electronics and tech products to fast food and groceries, more and more people are ordering products online. According to Digital Commerce360, consumers spent $517.36 billion online in 2018, representing 14.3% of total retail sales that year.

Shopping online is a convenient way to buy things you need, so here are some tips on how to save money while shopping online:

    1. Sign up for loyalty programs

Some companies who have an online retail presence also have a loyalty program. Many of them are free to join if you simply have a valid e-mail address. You can sign up to receive coupons and special offers like a percentage off your purchase or free shipping. Keeping a specialized folder in your e-mail that these offers can get filtered to will help keep your inbox uncluttered, as well as your coupons and offers organized.

    2. Using coupons and promo codes wisely

If a retailer will allow the use of multiple coupons or promotional codes, make sure to use them to your advantage. If you have an offer for a percentage off and another for a dollar amount off, use the percentage offer first. For example let's say you have an item that costs $100 and you have one offer for 15% off and another for $10 off. Using the 15% off first will bring the price down to $85 and then using the $10 off will bring the final price down to $75. Doing this in reverse brings the final price down to $76.50.

    3. Get around dynamic pricing

Dynamic pricing is a tool that online retailers will use to change pricing of something based on what they believe the market is willing to pay. Retailers can sometimes see if more people are checking out an item online. This might prompt them to raise the price of said item. They can even track if YOU are a frequent customer and change pricing based on your spending habits.

You can decrease this possibility by doing a few things when shopping online:

  • Clear your cookies in your web browser.
  • Log out of any of your social media accounts, e-mail etc.
  • Switch to an incognito or private browsing mode in your browser.

    4. Use online tools like Google Shopping or Honey

With so many retailers bringing their stores in to the world of online shopping, it can be difficult sifting through all the stores to find the best deal. Using Google Shopping can help sort through many large and small retailers and allow you to sort and filter items based on everything from category and price, to size and color. Honey is a useful tool that can help with things like tracking pricing on items or finding best coupons and promo codes. They work with thousands of online retailers and can help you save a lot of money.

    5. Save money on shipping

Sometimes, shipping can add a lot of money to the price of a product. There are even times when the cost of shipping is more than the cost of the actual item!

You can save money on shipping and avoid overpaying for something in a few different ways.

  • Make sure to check your e-mail inbox for any promos or coupons that will give you a discount on shipping.
  • Try shopping at a single retailer rather than multiple ones. Shopping at one store means you only have to pay shipping once.
  • When it's possible and it makes sense, buy items in bulk. This will in turn decrease the number of times you have to buy that item and save on shipping since you'll have fewer orders.
  • Many retailers will give you a discount on shipping or even make it free if you spend a certain dollar amount. If this is the case, it would be prudent to wait until you need to order multiple items from a single retailer to reach that dollar amount and get the discount on shipping.

Retailers big and small are adding the convenience of an online marketplace for their customers. Getting the best deal possible and saving money when purchasing items online with these helpful tips can make anyone a smart shopper. Whether you are shopping online or in our retail store, Weaver Nut Sweets & Snacks is sure to save you money on the candy, snacks and gifts you will need for any occasion!

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