Think of how many times you shop online, whether it’s a regular purchase from Amazon for the essentials or a spur of the moment impulse buy after seeing something online that you simply couldn’t pass up.
Just how much is being spent online every year? Well, consumers spent $517.36 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2018. Let that number sink in for a minute. There is a lot of transactions being processed every second. Online e-commerce never sleeps. It works around the clock.
You shop online. I shop online. We all do.
So, don’t you want to save money every time? From discounts that are applied to the entire shopping cart to select special offers and free shipping offers, if you aren’t using coupon codes every time you make a purchase you are leaving a lot of savings on the table. Here are some tips that will help you save money using online coupons.
Exit the shopping cart before you submit your payment information.
Websites spend a lot of money to attract you. From online marketing and ads to promoted social media posts, there is a cost to them associated with every visitor. It’s in their best interest to turn as many of those visitors into sales.
So they put things into place like special offers that are triggered when the website feels like someone is leaving and not buying. They refer to this as shopping cart abandonment. They do not want you to leave without buying, so they will have an offer display before you do go, which is usually a discount code you can use or a highly discounted item. They may even also sweeten the deal by offering free shipping.
You don’t want to check out and miss an opportunity to save money, so even if you plan on purchasing, leave the checkout page and see what kind of offer is displayed. Nine out of ten times you will be presented with a sweet offer.
Search coupon code websites before checking out.
A quick Google search will often display hundreds of results that all claim to offer coupon codes, but most of those websites are fake and they will post fake codes. They will then make you do something, like click an add or submit your email address to “reveal” the code.
They are just using you to make money. They codes are all invalid. You have to make sure you know what coupon code websites are legit.
Websites like ValPak.com are the real deal and not only offer online coupon codes that are regularly updated for the most popular sites, but they also have printable versions for those that still do some shopping in retail stores.
Check the website’s social media profiles.
Take a minute to look at the social media profiles of the website you are shopping on. You can generally find links to those profiles on the website itself. Then scroll through the feed and see if they have posted any recent discount codes or special offers.
Some even have search functions. On Facebook for example you can search “discount” or “coupon” on their page and quickly find anything that is relevant.
These little tips are so simple, so there is no reason why you should not be saving more money. Online offers you the convenience of shopping from home, so save even more money by learning how to find the best coupons for the websites you shop on.