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Published on October 9th, 2015 | by Pete

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How to Make Online Shopping Work For You

Online shopping isn’t anything new and many us find it a useful tool to help control spending and stick to a budget. But are you getting the best value from your online shopping? It may help to view that shopping basket before you pass the virtual checkout, but once you factor in delivery costs, you might end up being slightly out of pocket compared to scouring the high street for a bargain. However, there are a few ways you can continue to shop from the comfort of your home whilst still savings money…

Price Comparisons

This may sound time consuming, but then so is traipsing up and down that high street or around the shopping centre. Don’t be tempted to click on the first item you find that fits the bill – if it’s a brand name, consider checking the sites of a few other well-known retailers before you buy. Ordering through a department store site? Have a quick look at the label’s own page to see if they’ve got a better price available. It won’t take long and it could save you quite a lot of money.

Voucher Codes

There’s nothing more satisfying than uncovering an online voucher code and saving a few pounds on your shop. Not just the preserve of big high street names in the form of Marks and Spencer voucher codes and Sports Direct voucher codes, these types of online savings can now be found with small specialist retailers. And it’s not just a case of a straight forward price cut anymore – voucher codes can also get you access to exclusive online sales too. So whatever site you’re on, however big or small, just do a quick search for any voucher codes for that particular retailer and see if there’s a saving to be had.

Free Delivery

Of course, this all depends on how quickly you require your purchases, but make sure you have a quick look at all the delivery options available, because the default one might not necessarily be the best value. Many online retailers now offer free delivery with a minimum spend, so check to see whether you qualify for this and if you’re only a few pounds off, consider ordering another inexpensive item if possible – spending that extra money might actually make you a saving.

And don’t forget that other important way to save money online – avoid getting carried away with your spending! It’s easy to forget that all those clicks add up in no time at all.

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