It comes as no surprise that more and more people are shopping online everyday. Aided by the ease of browsing all your favourite stores from the comfort of your living room, the convenience of shopping apps on your phone, and the ability to easily filter via sizes and styles, online shopping can be a big time saver - but how much is it saving your wallet?
It’s much easier to overspend online than it is in store because without the physical shopping bags on your arms and the exchange of money from your wallet to cashier, it’s much harder to keep a track of your purchases - especially if they’re all arriving at different dates. Then there’s the free shipping over $50 or $100 incentive, making you think buying two or more items to forgo the cost of shipping when you only needed one.
But online shopping can actually save you more money than traditional shopping - if you know where to look. Below are some simple steps to help you save online.
1. Take note of online sales
Stores often have massive online sales, slashing prices on already discounted items or offering flash sales that end in 24 hours. Subscribing to your favourite stores lets you know when these sales are on and will help you save money while buying online. Most stores also offer a discount to new subscribers as well.
2. Use coupons
Sites like Ozbargain or Groupon frequently offer promotional discounts on purchases without any sign up required. Simply search for the desired store or brand and then enter the given code into check out for some big savings.
3. Find sites with AfterPay
AfterPay lets you buy things and pay for them in equal installments over 8 weeks, which is handy for helping keep monthly budgets on track by splitting bigger purchases up into manageable repayments. What’s more, your item gets shipped as usual so there’s no wait time on your order and there are no extra fees. Many online fashion retailers are already making use of this innovative payment method, letting shoppers buy with greater ease of mind.
4. Choose Click & Collect
For the times when free shipping isn’t available or your order value is too small, choose click & collect to pickup your package in store for free. This isn’t always going to be an available option, but when used can save money otherwise spent on shipping or over ordering to reach the free shipping quota.