Online shopping can be addictive. It doesn’t matter what time of night you do it. Whether you are dressed up or in your pyjamas. Your computer or iPad don’t mind. It can be very convenient for someone who is a little time poor. It means you can still get access to clothes, food, electricals, pretty much anything.
I often find myself multi-tasking while online shopping: cooking dinner and doing an online food shop or even having a bath and ordering the kids Christmas or Birthday presents.
I thought I would share with you some tips that will make shopping online even easier, although perhaps more addictive.
Use a credit card
Shopping online has some amazing perks, but it can also be a bit of a minefield. Sometimes sites can be fraudulent, or you don’t end up getting what you paid for. This is why when shopping online it’s best to use a credit card. A credit card has added protection which means that if you do lose out with money by not receiving an item or a shop going bust, you can get your money back by making a claim.
Most credit cards offer an interest-free period for purchases so it doesn’t mean you will be paying interest on it so the cost will be the same. Just make sure you pay it off when the bill arrives to avoid getting into debt.
Don’t be afraid to use international sellers
Isn’t it just the way that the perfect dress you want or item is being sold internationally. Sometimes they won’t ship directly to you which can be a pain. But never fear there are ways you can go about shopping on international sites. Sometimes buying from international sites can save you money or offer unique items. So they are worth looking into – although if you are in a hurry for that dress you may want to think twice about this as shipping can often take a few weeks.
I’ve recently made some purchases that have taken so long to arrive that I’ve completely forgotten I had ordered them when they finally arrive – often a Friday night purchase after a few glasses of wine (if like me you may want to hide your bank cards on these occasions).
Use comparison sites
Shopping online means you can be savvier with your money. You have all the tools at your fingertips to make sure you are getting the right deal. Comparison sites are one way you can do that. They will check all of the other sites and provide you with the best deal. This can work for things like holidays or insurances as well as food and electrical items. It might take a little longer, but it will be worth the saving for sure.
Cashback sites are always worth using too – I recently received £55 cashback from Topcashback* (Affiliate link) when I was searching around for new home insurance by taking out a new policy – something I needed to do anyway.
Look out for discount vouchers and codes
Shopping online means that you can hunt out discount codes and vouchers. These can offer you huge savings. A quick look online could highlight some Black Friday promos especially at this time of year. There are so many items and deals you just need to find them. Again you have all the advantages at your fingertips.
When you shop online, you have much more choice. It means you can shop with small independent retailers and get some great items. Shopping small means you support either a local business or small business that are online. You don’t get that advantage when you shop on the high street in your local town. Remember sites such as Etsy over bigger sites, and shop around as those big sites may offer next day delivery but won’t always be the cheapest.
I hope this helps you maximise your online shopping experience. There is so much online for you to discover that you just need to shop smart, I do find I personally save money shopping online as I don’t get distracted in store by adding un-necessary items into my trolley.