In today’s world, shopping in “brick and mortar” stores seems so backward, dated, and boring. Millions of people each year sit in their jammies while drinking wine and shop for clothes, household goods, gifts, and just about anything else you can imagine. Here are 3 ways to save money instantly online.
One of the great benefits of shopping online is the various coupon, rebates, and dollar-back programs available. If you click through a link or use a coupon code, your savings can be substantial. In addition, you get all the myriad benefits of shopping online — no children to drag through stores, no gas costs to get there and back, and no hassle of dealing with crowds.
3 Ways to Save Money Instantly Online
So, once you’re convinced to shop online, where can you find the savings? There are several ways to save money online. Let’s start with coupons.
This is fairly standard. Go to one of the coupon sites (many will be provided below) and look for the store you want to shop with or search by category, depending on your needs. Be sure to click “apply” when you enter the coupon during checkout.
Although in the early days of online shopping, coupon codes were plentiful and generous (frequently you could find $10 off a $10 purchase with free shipping), good coupons these days are hard to find. Some stores (like Lands’ End) rarely offer coupons while others (L.L. Bean) often offer free shipping on any size order. Rakuten offers plenty of offers for many stores. When you order, or even if you don’t order, be sure to sign up with the website either by registering or signing up for coupons. These direct-mail coupons are often some of the best you’ll ever find.
Here are some excellent coupon sites to get you started:
Let’s say you choose a new jacket from Kohl’s and you have $10 off a $75 purchase. Great. Keeping the coupon code in hand, you head to Rakuten and find Kohl’s among the list of stores. This store offers 2% back, so you click through the Kohl’s link on the Rakuten page, and make your purchase. Not only do you benefit from the coupon code you applied, but also got an extra 2% back on your purchase. Not a bad deal. Rakuten will send money to your PayPal account or send you a check.
Not everyone knows about the various point programs available, but since you can earn points without doing any shopping, the points programs are worth knowing.
My Points are most useful, however, when you’re shopping online. It’s like Rakuten in that you click through a link on the My Points site, and you get points for your purchase. Most stores offer a certain number of points (2 to 4 on average) per dollar spent. Once you have at least 1,000 points, you can redeem the points for gift certificates for restaurants, gas, travel, and clothing.
You can’t use Rakuten and My Points in the same purchase, so if a store is linked through both Rakuten and My Points, you have to decide which is the better deal for you. Whenever possible, try to combine a coupon code with My Points or Rakuten deal.
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