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Your Guide to Shopping Smarter Online

Learn Smart Online Shopping to Get the Best Online Deals

Are you getting the best deals online? Do you know where to look? Check out these smart online shopping tips to find online deals and save money shopping online  

According to Statista’s analysts, in Q2 2019, people spent over $41 billion shopping on their mobile devices. Over 40% of people who shop online do so several times a month. And 48% of people buy things directly through social media.

While groceries are still lagging at only 13% of overall grocery spend happening online, even that industry is quickly catching up. New grocery delivery services seem to pop up by the day.

Online shopping isn’t going away. And it will only get more prominent and more accessible. But I can tell you that how you shop online matters. Smart online shoppers know how to buy safely. And they know how to get the best online deals.

I talk a lot on my blog and the Tech Talk about safety and security. So let’s switch gears a minute and look at some great ways you can save money shopping online.

1. Crowdsourcing Websites & Apps

Crowdsourcing sites like SlickDeals rely on you and me to share where we’re getting the best prices. Their vast online community frequently updates the site with:

  • Deals
  • Coupons
  • Promo codes
  • Giveaways

When you’re searching for something specific online, especially something that may be popular and set you back $100 or more, it pays to check out these kinds of sites, just in case. And sign up for keyword alerts for your favorite brands and categories to get the most out of money-saving apps like these.

2. Deal Aggregation Apps

Sure it seems a little old school. But many local businesses still publish weekly deals flyers. And most of these are now available online. They often have some great limited-time offers in them that you can buy online or grab in the store before they’re gone.

You can check these out by visiting a local store’s website. But the smart way is to signup with a free deal aggregation service like Flipp.

Just put in your zip code. And you’ll get pages filled with 100’s of full-color weekly flyers. All you have to do then is scroll to find the stores you frequent and browse things deals for local:

  • Pharmacies
  • Car maintenance
  • Groceries
  • Furniture
  • Baby supplies
  • Hunting & Outdoors
  • Business supplies

3. Dedicated Apps

Many of your favorite stores have apps now. And you may be wondering why do I need the app when I can do the same things on their website? But here’s why you should make some room on your smartphone and get the apps.

Many eCommerce sites like eBay and Amazon run exclusive deals only available through the app. If you buy on the website directly, you don’t know what you’re missing.

eBay and Amazon are already great places to save. So if you can save even more, shouldn’t you?

For more tips to stay safe online, follow our blog.

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