If, like me, you’re pretty bad at hanging on to your cash, you often find yourself a little out of pocket more often than not. However, over the last few months, I’ve picked up some really good online shopping tips that have helped me out and saved me some cash. Best of all they’re actually really simple. So here they are, my secrets to becoming money savvy online and saving a little extra quid.
1. Grocery shopping online
Did you know that physically going into a supermarket is actually one of the worst things you could do if you want to save money? Online grocery shopping is the future and I’ll tell you why…
As long as you have a clear shopping list, it’s unbelievably easy to find your items on any supermarket website. I mean we’ve all used Google, and it’s basically the same. For example, type in bread and all the breads come up. Simple. This is fantastic because it stops you getting distracted and purchasing unnecessary items which you normally would come across traipsing along the isles.
You can see exactly what you’re spending and keep costs low. Perfect if you’ve got a weekly budget and don’t want to overspend. You can also remove items from your basket without the embarrassment of looking like you’re cheap or have no money at the checkout.
*TOP TIP* The best thing of all is that sometimes, if the store doesn’t have what you want, they’ll substitute your item with something different. This can occasionally be a curse and you’ll end up with something totally random. However more often than not they’ll give you a higher quality product but for no extra cost!
To top it all off, all this can be achieved from the comfort of your own sofa. If that isn’t a good enough incentive, I don’t know what is.
This may seem obvious, but keep an eye out for sales! If you’re clever enough, you could buy an entire wardrobe for a fraction of the price. And it doesn’t just stop with clothes – if you book a holiday outside of the school holidays (ie in September), you could find yourself saving a lot of money, making your escape that little bit more satisfying.
*TOP TIP* If you really need to buy something, and can’t wait for it to go on sale, then try just waiting a few days. If you have an account and put something in your basket and don’t buy it, sometimes the company will e-mail you with free delivery, a discount code for that item or even the whole website!
3. Mailing lists
Similarly, big brands tend to reward you for signing up to their mailing lists by offering discounts. You also end up being the first people to hear about the latest offers and online sales and codes. It’s an easy way to keep up to date with deals and keep yourself on trend.
4. Offer sites and apps
If, like me, you’re a bit of a shopaholic, sometimes spending money is inevitable. But, never fear – a good way of not going too overboard is checking out apps and websites that are all about offers. There are some great ones out there with amazing deals! Here are a few of my favourites:
- Groupon – they have a massive range, from products and courses to holidays and excursions. There is always something on here that comes in handy – even if it’s an offer on toilet paper! My only piece of advice is to always read the fine print and make sure you know what you’re getting.
- Wowcher – everyday offers specific to your local area.
- Quidco – This one is good, as it gets you cashback on things that you were going to buy anyway. Whether it’s a new pair of straighteners, a car rental or even buying insurance, it’s all on there. Just use their site and they’ll give you a percentage of the cost back. Easy.
- Unidays (specifically for students) – sign in with your uni’s name and code (you will be sent this by UCAS), and you’ll find a whole host of discounts and promotions just for students. Always worth checking – there are more big name brands on there than you think.
5. Get an NUS card (or just use your student card)
This one again is mostly aimed at students, but an NUS card entitles you to student discount in a lot of major stores and online. You can purchase a card easily via their website. However, before investing, check your own student card: a lot of university student cards have the NUS logo on them, meaning you are already entitled to NUS discounts.
There you have it, my online shopping tips for keeping hold of your cash. Got any tricks of your own? Comment below and help your fellow shopaholics stay savvy!