The chal­lenge: Maria Bekiaris

The smart shop­per can find an even bet­ter bar­gain

Money Magazine Australia - - CONTENTS - Maria Bekiaris

Who doesn’t love a bar­gain? The good news is there’s no rea­son you can’t save money ev­ery time you shop on­line. Here are 11 ways to make sure that you never pay full price again.

1 Shop around.

This might sound ob­vi­ous but do your re­search. You can use com­par­i­son sites such as get­ au and myshop­ or you can sim­ply do a search in Google to see if you can find a bet­ter price.

2 Look for coupons or promo codes.

Again by do­ing a quick Google search for a pro­mo­tion code you may score a dis­count or free ship­ping. You can also check out fin­, the­bar­gainav­ or ozbar­ for any spe­cial promo codes.

3 Try a Google Chrome ex­ten­sion such as Honey.

When you’ve down­loaded the ex­ten­sion, a Find Sav­ings but­ton should ap­pear on your check­out screen,

which fil­ters through the masses of free coupons avail­able on the in­ter­net and adds the best dis­count to your to­tal.

4 Sign up for email news­let­ters.

Sure, it might mean you’ll get a few ex­tra emails but you could save se­ri­ous money. Some stores will give you a dis­count on your first pur­chase or a voucher for your birth­day. Con­sider cre­at­ing a spe­cial email ad­dress so you don’t fill up your in­box. And, of course, you can al­ways un­sub­scribe later.

5 Check out group buy­ing web­sites.

You might be able to nab a bar­gain on group buy­ing sites such as Groupon, Scoo­pon, MyDeal or Liv­ingSo­cial.

6 Leave the item in your cart.

You’ll gen­er­ally need to have signed up to the site for this one to work but if you pop some­thing into your cart but don’t ac­tu­ally make a pur­chase you might get an email of­fer­ing you a dis­count if you pro­ceed.

7 Check out the “sales” sec­tion of the web­site.

You might find some­thing sim­i­lar to what you’re after that is heav­ily dis­counted.

8 Get so­cial.

Fol­low your favourite re­tail­ers on so­cial me­dia in­clud­ing Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram and you will prob­a­bly be the first to hear about sales or you’ll get spe­cial promo codes.

9 Hag­gle.

If you’re us­ing a site that of­fers live chat it’s worth start­ing a chat to ask if you can get a bet­ter deal.

10 Pick up your item in­stead of get­ting it de­liv­ered.

I know this makes on­line shop­ping a lit­tle less con­ve­nient but if you can save on ship­ping it can be worth it. Gen­er­ally pick-up is free or at least much cheaper and you’ll know when the item is ready and wait­ing for you.

11 Check your credit card.

Many cards come with “in­stant re­wards”. You get a dis­count at cer­tain re­tail­ers sim­ply by us­ing your credit card to make the pur­chase. Check out your credit card provider’s web­site to see if that’s on of­fer.

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