Posted by Madison on December 13, 2007
Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, it’s time to search the Internet for the best prices on gifts. Here’s ten tips to save money while shopping. Combine the best price, cashback, and an online coupon and you can easily take 10% or more off the price! Here’s the strategies I like to use.
Tips to Save Money Shopping Online
- Use Cashback Programs. Most of the programs have minimum amounts before you can cashout. We limit the number of programs we use to keep the checks coming. Our favorites are Upromise, Mr. Rebates, Big Crumbs, and Ebates. You can also Join MyPoints for additional rewards.
- Maximize the cashback. Each store uses different programs, the cashback amounts vary, and the programs change over time. That’s where evrewards comes in handy! Search the store you are shopping at to determine the best program currently offered for each retailer.
- Locate the best Internet price. Use Froogle to search for your item by price. Watch out for shipping though (and Christmas Shipping Deadlines). Many times you need to actually go to the site, or place the item in your cart to find out the exact shipping cost.
- Use a rebate credit card. Use one that earns rebates to make your purchase.
- Find sales and coupons. Use Naughty codes to check for current offers by store. There’s many other forums and websites that maintain coupons, but naughty codes is fast and easy to use.
- Ship the gift directly. Send directly to the recipient to avoid paying to ship it again or travel with gifts. Many places offer gift-wrap, eliminating another step.
- Request a price adjustment. Watch the prices after you purchase and get an adjustment if the prices go down. Price Protectr, even does it for you! It will email you if the price drops.
- Utilize deal sites. To find rock bottom prices try slickdeals, Ben’s Bargains, and Fatwallet.
- Use a one-time use credit card number. If your company offers it, like FIA does, generate a one-time use number if you are concerned about purchasing items online.
- Watch your time. You could spend all day searching to make sure you get the very best price on each item on your list. Realistically, sometimes you just need to actually purchase the items and move on to other things on your list!
If you have more tips for getting great deals shopping online, feel free to post them in the comments!
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I can vouch for MyPoints. I’ve snared gift certificates from them without having to spend a dime. Great service!
p.s. – just don’t use their “online games” service
@Modern Worker: Thanks for the warning on the games!
It’s almost that time again, shopping for Christmas is only a few months away! These are great tips for christmas gift shopping.