. . .AKA how to buy all those great things you
want need at a great price. It's no secret around here that I like nice things, and I most definitely like to shop, but I don't like to spend more than I have to. In fact I love finding a good deal, and for me it's that much more rewarding feeling like I scored my awesome new bag or those great shoes for a price nobody would be able to even guess.
I love scouring stores for great deals, especially my go to favorites like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. But today is all about how to score great deals online. There are so many great things available at your finger tips when you're shopping online, and with these few tips you can be sure to always be snagging great deals.
Before I dive into it, a few general rules I like to live by as a self proclaimed competitive shopper. (It sounds better then bargain hunter, right? It's like a win when I score a great deal!) Just because something is on sale doesn't mean it's a great deal, or that you even need it. Make sure you are going to get good use out of what you invest your money in. Something may be a great deal, even though it's not on sale, it's all relative to your need and use you'll get out of it. Ok let's jump in.
Don't buy anything online without checking out RetailMeNot.com. All you have to do is type in the store you are shopping at and it will pull up all available coupon codes, including how recently someone has tried to use it and if the code is working or not. You can often score free shipping and discounts on your purchases for a lot of popular retailers. RetailMeNot also has an app, check it out for use when you are shopping on the go!
2. Sign up for flash deal sites.
There are so many to choose from now, but the premise is that there is limited merchandise available for a limited time at a discount price. You get notification of the new sales starting each day, and it costs nothing but an email address to join. I find these sites are a great way to get higher end pieces at lower prices for clothing, beauty items, home goods, jewelery, pretty much you name it. Here's a few of my favorite.
Ideel.com (formerly Ideeli.com)
I have purchased the most from this site. I've been able to score great deals on evening dresses, like $60-$70 for a floor length gown. Plus they are usually running a promotion that once you pay for shipping, which is kinda steep the first time (close to $10) you have free shipping for the next 30 days, which is totally worth it.
HauteLook is a a Nordstrom company, which speaks for the brands and quality of the products available. A few extra pluses, they offer free shipping over $100, and you can make returns to any Nordstrom Rack which is super convenient.
Zulily is great if you're shopping for a family, they have deal for women, men, kids, and home at one of the most affordable price points of any of the flash sale sites I've seen.
*Many of these links are my own personal referral links and for some I will earn a credit if you make a purchase after signing up.
3. Shop Runner
If you are an American Express card holder there may be a great benefit you are missing out on, Shop Runner. You most likely have a FREE membership to it, there is a get started tab for American Express cardholders on the top of the Shop Runner site. (If you aren't a cardholder Shop Runner offers a 30 day trial, and then is $8.95/month). Shop Runner provides unlimited 2 day shipping, free returns, and exclusive deals for many popular online retailers.
4. Brad's Deals
This site is 100% worth checking out. Brads Deals scours the internet for deals on everything. I've signed up to get e-mails alerting me to the best deals of the day, I'll scan through it to see if there is anything I'm on the hunt for available for a good deal and that's about it. Using this method I was able to score my Amazon Prime membership for $72 just the other day, usually it cost $99. They will turn up great deals on seriously everything, from Ugg boots to pots and pans.
Any other pieces of advice for scoring great deals online? I would love to hear them, so please share!