22 online shopping hacks that will save you money

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1. Sign up to stores and leave items in your cart overnight

When you put items in your cart and then leave the browser, stores may send you a friendly email in the next few days, reminding you about your pending checkout. Most of the time, it comes with a special discount code to help convince you.

2. Sign up to their newsletter

Signing up means you give the store permission to send you email updates of new stock arrivals, marketing material AND any exclusive discounts. As a new member, signing up provides you with a one-time deal and if their emails start to spam your inbox, you can always unsubscribe in the future.

3. Unsubscribe to their newsletter

Once you are subscribed to a retailer’s newsletter, you get emails almost everyday or every second day. They do this as a form of marketing and it provides a sense of customer loyalty. What happens when you unsubscribe? More than likely, the store will send you an email a day or two later asking you why… and maybe providing you with a sneaky discount code to convince you to come back!

4. Tell them when your birthday is

Happy Birthday! Yes, some retailers are nice enough to send you a birthday discount code or a small gift box.

5. Know when the sale events are

Sale events are a time to shop and there sure is a lot of them that run throughout the year. Here is a calendar of them all to help you know when to shop!

  • January: Continuance of Boxing Day sale period
  • March: Afterpay Day
  • April: Vogue Online Shopping Night
  • May: Click Frenzy Mayhem
  • June-July: EOFY sales
  • August: Afterpay Day
  • October: Vogue Online Shopping Night
  • November: Click Frenzy, Singles Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday
  • December: Boxing Day

6. Book it on a deal day

Airlines can be dedicated to their “happy hour” sales. Look for prices and flights beforehand and jump on them when the hour of sale comes around.

7. Look out for promo codes on free shipping

Finding a great deal on a product and then getting an outrageous shipping price is honestly heartbreaking. While some retailers offer free shipping all year round, others charge prices that you can’t possibly justify.

8. Ask for a discount

If there is an online chat window available, use them at your advantage. Most of us ignore them but they can actually assist with size guides, tell you more about the product you wish to purchase or give you a discount code just for chatting to them.

9. Use Click & Collect to avoid shipping costs

If you want to avoid shipping costs, using in-store pickup (known as Click & Collect) is a lot more handy than you may think. It may not work for every store but it can save you adding unnecessary items to your cart, in order to be valid for free shipping.

10. Browse their social media account

Retailers that utilise their social media accounts are doing something right. It’s a great place to for them to maintain their regular following, interact with their customers in a more casual setting and offer sneaky surprises that may not be available to everyone. 

11. Shop during the holidays

The holidays are a time for shopping. Most retailers offer an extended return policy until the end of December, or sometimes even January to accomodate for the gifts that may not be 100% loved. Buying a present for yourself and realised it just didn’t work in your wardrobe? Return it with their extended return period, no hassles.

12. Keep an eye out for an easy return policy

Don’t you hate when you buy the dress you’ve had saved in your cart for weeks, and when it finally comes the zipper doesn’t go all the way up?

13. Buy out-of-season stock

If you are an avid shopper of overseas retailers from the Northern Hemisphere, then check out their sale section for some exclusive finds. While it may be out of season for them, it could work perfectly for the current season in Australia!

14. Shop Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Instead of shopping on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you may want to change your plans. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the most popular days for brands to roll out discount codes. This doesn’t just apply to fashion items, but also to deals on flights.

15. Shop incognito

Whenever you visit a new site, it is common for them to ask you to either accept or manage cookies. When scouring the web for the best deal, it is best to use your incognito browser. If you can’t locate that option, turn off your cookies and clear your browsing history.

16. Buy more than you need… and return it later.

This online shopping hack only works for those stores with free returns (thankyou!)

If you still need items in your cart to be valid for free shipping, consider bulking the cart and then simply sending it back when it arrives.

17. Sign up for reward programs

Most retailers love to have their loyal customers. Reward programs are a great system to simply reward those customers that spend at the stores. If you find yourself always spending a little too much at your favourite store, it would be a good idea to look into their rewards program.

18. For the love of Afterpay

Your shopping addiction not matching up with your weekly pay-slip? We have all been there, our favourite dress is on sale. but your pay hasn’t come in for the week. Rest assured, there is a way to make it happen. If you haven’t heard about Afterpay, you must have been sleeping under a rock. It has truly changed the way Aussies shop with the modern-day lay-by being the favoured choice of payment. Why? You can pay when you want in four instalments, interest-free with no up-front payment.

19. Take your opinion to social media

Social media platforms are very important to businesses. When you run a Google search, Google reviews are always there to be seen. And voicing your opinion on a bad product or bad customer service experience almost always means the business will care about what you’re saying.

20. Google Search your options

See something you love by your favourite label? Chances are that it may be available on another site that stocks the brand. This is very common for beauty items or for shoes, so it’s good to always google “where to buy (your product name)” to see what other places stock it. If another online store is promoting a deal or saving, then take advantage and save money.

21. Filter by your size

Nowadays, online retailers stock hundreds or even thousands of items. Sure, they all look great but scrolling through everything can be a bit of a nightmare. And the worst part? You finally find something and your size is sold out. The horror!

If you are looking for something in specific, we recommending filtering the options to your size. This will save you time and make sure that you see only the items that will actually fit you.

22. Look for the promotion codes

Personally, we do a pretty good job on rounding up the best discounts and savings on your favourite retailers. Stay up-to-date across our deals page to be the first to know when a saving comes out.

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