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Top 5 tips to Save Money on Online Shopping

August 25th 2012 03:25
One of the best ways to revive your dull and boring days is go out for shopping and check out the newest collections in the stores. However with recent technological advancements the global marketplace is within your easy reach. You do not even have to take the pain out stepping out of your home to shop. You can shop every kind of item starting from attires to groceries by just a few clicks. Yes, it is now the era of online shopping where you get ample collections at great prices.

But there are flip sides to online shopping as well which may lead you to pay more. So, in order to save some money on your shopping you need be a smart shopper. Given below are a few easy tips which will help you save some dollars on your online shopping spree:

1. Buy only if you need it: Though online shopping has made shopping exquisitely easy but you should not jump into every offer you find lucrative. Think twice before buying the item as that may be just an impulsive buy that you may not even use later. If you want to save money on shopping avoid such impulsive shopping habits. Also note if the deal is actually the best you are getting or can you can get it cheaper from the retail shops at the marketplace.

2. Research on the product prices: With online shopping it becomes almost necessary that you conduct a research of the product before buying an item. Search the price of the product at various online stores to check where you can get a better deal. As most often due to the competition among the online stores there are discounts available on the same product on some stores. A good amount of research can thus save you quite a lot of money.

3. Compare with the market prices: It is not always necessary that the online stores will offer you the best deals and the cheapest prices. Many times the prices at the local market shops are lower than those available online. So before buying the product remember to compare the rates in order to save more.

4. Consider the shipping cost: If the product you are buying mentions shipping cost remember to add that in your cost when comparing the prices. Many online companies add the shipping costs while many mention it as ‘free shipping’. There are others who offer free shipping after a certain amount. So when buying a product online, consider the shipping options carefully. If there are any cheaper delivery options you can take advantage of those to save a few dollars.

5. Check out the product reviews: All that glitters is definitely not gold so it is no reason to believe that everything available online is of high quality. In order to stay safe with the product check out the product reviews and ratings before buying. It will help you decide whether it will be worth paying the price for the product or just a waste of money.

Author bio: Jane is a financial blogger and adviser with She helps people to get rid of their financial problem by offering them expert advices on saving and budgeting tips for various occasions.

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