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Do you enjoy shopping? Have you ever tried shopping online? Do you know how it works and how to stay safe? If you’ve never shopped online, but have wanted to make the jump, then you’ve come to the right place.

Shopping online is a great way to save money (yes—it’s possible to save when you shop) and stay safe at the same time. It doesn’t have to feel like an out of control experience.

In this article, we’ve put together some tips on how to shop online, keep yourself safe, and find the best bargains at the same time! You’ll be able to enjoy shopping for almost any type of product you’d like. And shop directly from where you are—at home, in the car, and more. You’ll enjoy shopping without all the fuss and stress of being in a real store. With online shopping, you’re in control. Let’s get started!

1). Use your credit card: that may seem like a bad bit of advice, considering the types of problems people can have with credit card debt. However, if you’re responsible with your credit, then using your card online is a great way to save. Not only that, but refunds are faster than for debit cards. And you won’t have to keep checking your bank account to see if the refund’s shown up yet. Instead, the refund will be applied directly to your card, where it will be ready for your next online shopping trip.

2). Best days to buy: shopping pros know that some of the biggest deals are available between Tuesday and Thursday each week. This is when some retailers send out their discount codes. To take advantage of these bargains be sure to sign up for your favourite retailers’ newsletters. Then just watch for the newsletters with the discount codes (remember—between Tuesday and Thursday), and start shopping.

3). Negotiating the price: do you enjoy haggling? Then consider chatting with online sales reps to see if they can give you a better price. If you’re polite and treat them with respect, they may be able to offer you a discount on the price. The discount may actually be a promo code, or they may ask you to make the purchase directly through them. That’s OK—either way you’ll have a discount, which saves you money. All you have to do is try it out.

4). Use Amazon Filler Item Finder: this is a great tool to help fill your shopping cart to earn free shipping with Amazon. Have you ever filled your shopping cart, only to find out that the total isn’t enough for free shipping? When this happens, you have to spend additional time to find items to bring the total up enough to get the free shipping. To make this job easier, use the Amazon Filler Item Finder tool. With this all you have to do is type in the amount you need to reach the minimum total to get free shipping. Then hit enter, and the tool will search through Amazon for products in the right price range to help you meet the amount needed to free shipping. The tool saves you time and money!

5). Clean out your inbox: emails quickly take over our inboxes each day. Soon, you find that there are literally thousands of emails just sitting there for no good reason. Take the time to clean out your inbox now. You can use a tool called CleanFox to help get rid of the clutter. Once your inbox is clean, you’ll be able to more quickly and easily spot those newsletters that contain the shopping codes to help you save money from your favourite online retailers.

6). Pay attention to sizing and model stats: if you’re shopping for clothing online, it can be challenging to make sure the clothes will fit. However, you can better luck by paying attention to the sizing information and the model stats. Some sites list the model’s height and sizing for a specific item. With this information, you can compare the model’s size to your own to have a better idea of how the garment will fit. This way you can avoid the hassle of buying things that don’t fit and then sending them back.

7). Use social media: social media is a terrific way to find discounts from your favourite online retailers. Retailers regularly connect with customer on sites such as Twitter, Instagram and more. And they may even offer exclusive discounts to customers via social media. So, make the effort to find your favourite online retailers’ social media channels, and then follow them. You can check sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, where many stores publish special discounts and codes to help customers save money.

8). Promote retailers: while you’re on social media, why not promote your favourite online retailers? This is a wonderful way to grab the attention of your online retailers. If they see you promoting their store, they may just reach out to you with a discount. The key here is not to overdo it when promoting. Not only will you lose followers, but your social media account could also be deactivated for not following the rules. Read the TOS (Terms of Service) before doing any promotion. You don’t want to accidentally get kicked off your favourite social media channels. 

9). Try PriceBlink: this is a browser plugin that helps you find ways to save money and better prices when shopping online. The PriceBlink plugin easily installs on Chrome, Firefox and other browsers. Once installed, it will find coupons, help you compare prices and more while you shop. This tool can help you save a lot of money when shopping online.

These are some easy methods to help save money as you shop online. Remember to follow all the rules when using social media and put in the extra effort to chat with sales reps. You may just score a great discount! Plus, you may even some fun while you’re shopping and saving online! We wish you the best of luck with your efforts!