Quick Money Saving Tips for Internet Shopping


With Christmas fast approaching, I’m sure a lot of you are browsing the internet for gifts for your loved ones…I know I am! My favorite place to buy gifts (or anything) online is eBay, but sometimes I just can’t find what I’m looking for there, and sometimes things I find on eBay are actually more expensive than buying them elsewhere. So for those times that eBay didn’t come through for me, I browsed the rest of the World Wide Web for a solution and I wanted to quickly share a couple of super easy tips with you all that have helped me save money numerous times in the past.

1. Do a quick Google search for a promotional code. It’s seriously that easy. I never buy anything online without searching for a promotional/coupon code and I have very rarely come up empty handed when doing so. Just open Google or whichever search engine you prefer, type in, “promotional code for Target” (or wherever you happen to be shopping…This American Expat sure does miss Target!) and see what comes up. If “promotional code” doesn’t work, type in “coupon code”. Just play around with it until you find something. You may not find anything, but it’s worth the few minutes of your time if you can find one that saves you money. I’ve saved anywhere from $1-$20 using this approach. Just yesterday I saved $10 on a gift order with this method.

2. Look around for the same product from different places. If you have something specific in mind and you want that item, but it seems a little expensive on the site you found it on, copy the title of the product into a new search and see what pops up. We did this when we were buying nursery furniture for our firstborn. We got the same furniture we would have got from a big name baby products store here in England, but because it came from a different website, we ended up saving a significant amount of money. Just like my first tip, sometimes this will be a fruitless search, but other times it can be a lifesaver and it only takes a few minutes of your time.

That’s all there is to it! Quick, easy, and painless. I hope these tips help save you money in the future. If you’ve got some tips of your own, please don’t hesitate to tell us about them in the comments! Happy shopping.


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