Online Shopping Tips

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I live in a small town, and things can be expensive here. I have been buying a lot of things I need online from a popular online auction site. I mean, things like wool socks, sewing patterns (cheaper than W-mart), vacuum cleaner bags, craft supplies, printer ink, tools, you name it. I bought electric toothbrush refill brushes for less than half of what we would pay retail, and they were coming from England! I look for items with free shipping or lowest price including shipping.

It sure saves a lot of 30-mile trips into the nearest city, and saves time running around looking. Also, I find that if I stay out of the stores, I spend less money overall, because there are fewer impulse purchases.


By Jennifer from Gilbertsville , NY

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When you order things online, always take screenshots of the order summary and guaranteed delivery date immediately after purchase. Whether the purchase information is on the retailer's website on in your email, they can suddenly delay your delivery date and not inform you. The information for shipping can be altered, even in your original email.

Places like Amazon use link systems, not hard embedding. This can make you feel frustrated when you don't get what you ordered at the expected time. This screenshot will be your proof to the delivery date you ultimately paid for. Most retailers will credit your account or give you some form of perk. In the past, Amazon has credited my account, given me Prime membership, and allowed me free 1-day shipping as apologies in these situations.

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December 6, 2010

So with the Holidays fast approaching I have some great ways to save a little extra.

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I have been using free extensions on my Chrome web browser when I shop online to save HUGE bucks. You simply add them to your Chrome browser then browse your favourite online shops.


It will automatically try coupon codes for you, shows you price history and price drops, and tells if you if it's the best buy.

A browser extension that shows you discount codes for shopping websitesl

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
April 24, 2006

It's hard to resist purchasing items at the store, but resisting on-line is even more difficult. High internet sales suggest that consumers are finding it hard to curb their internet spending appetite. Maybe it's because the internet offers so many great desserts.

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When you buy online, leave the item in your cart for a few days without actually buying it. Many times, the company will email you with a discount to entice you to purchase the product they think you forgot about.

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When using a credit card online, stick to using only one card and use only for that purpose. You can get one that has a low limit, like 300 dollars.


That way if someone gets a hold of it, you do not have a big limit on the card.

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July 7, 2006

PayPal and other programs provide buyer protection for online auctions. This can help resolve disputes if a product isn't delivered as promised. The problem with this protection is that it doesn't necessarily cover the full price of your bid.

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Before purchasing anything from an online retailer, search the Internet for coupon codes for that retailer. You can save a lot of money just by taking a few minutes to look for a discount. It is well worth it.

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My advice is not to trust the online store inventory databases. Go to the store and see for yourself.

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Earn cash for your elementary school while shopping online? Yes! BoxTops Marketplace showcases online merchants that contribute a percentage of your purchase to the school of your choice.

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July 28, 2008

When online shopping, I use the "defer billing code". That gives me the time to receive the products and review the products-condition of, it's what I ordered etc.

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There was a story on out local news about a young lady who thought she was buying a telephone on Ebay and when she received the purchase, she had purchased a box without a phone inside. . .

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I have done many things over the past 3 years to save money, spend less, and in general monetize my (at times) woeful material situation. I have experimented with coupon clipping, pay-to-read emails, online surveys, etc.

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By jessiccarobertt


December 19, 20110 found this helpful

For me this year online shopping was a god send. I have injured my back and have 2 disks damaged. I am in a lot of pain and cannot stand for more than a couple minutes and then pain shoots down my leg. So going shopping to the mall is out. I have learned to stay at home except for going to the doctor.


I bought all my Christmas gifts online and they arrived last week. I could not have bought gifts this year without my computer. Also, there are a lot of good buys online.,,, just to name a few. Hope this helps and merry Christmas.

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December 19, 20110 found this helpful

I love to shop on line. All major department stores have on line shopping. So not shop in unfamilar stores on line though. My favorite are Macy's, Target on line and Zappo's.

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August 3, 2009

I have a pair of Red Wing work boots that I purchased with other work clothes and my Carhartt jacket about 10 years ago. Believe it or not, I have finally worn out the work boots, and am ready for a new pair.


I have found Red Wing work boots at at a really great price, but have never purchased a product online before. I would like to know how to purchase my work boots online since I think I can get a better price that way?

By injuncrest from Rochester, NY


August 3, 20090 found this helpful

Just a few pointers -- I hope they help!

Read their policies under the Customer Service Link. You'll probably want to know their return policy. And I always check shipping information.

Whenever you shop online, please DO NOT use your debit card. It's just too risky. A credit card will give you more protection. Some banks/credit unions will extend similar protection as a courtesy, but they don't have to.

When you go to check out, make sure that the http:// in the address bar changes to https:// -- that "s" stands for "secure."

And before you check out, do a quick search online to see if you can find a discount/coupon code. I just looked, and this site shows a code for 10% off all orders over $35.

Sometimes these codes don't work, but sometimes they do. It can't hurt to try and save a buck or two!

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but this is what pops into mind. My husband has a personal finance blog and website, and has written about debit card fraud. If you're interested, this might provide some helpful information. Here is an interview from his website:

and a couple of blog entries (the first refers back to the above interview):

Hope I covered most everything. And I hope it wasn't too much! :-) We do a LOT of online shopping. If I'm ever suspicous of a website, I do a search for their name and look for comments/complaints about them. Best of luck with your boots. They sound great . . . I wish I had shoes that lasted so long!


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August 4, 20090 found this helpful

Buying online requires a credit card. You will have to follow their instructions, but it's easy. Name, address, credit card info will be taken. Generally, the company sends you an email confirmation of your order, so I don't usually photo copy what I've ordered.

I looked at their prices. I would check out other sites before I would make a purchase. My husband has to have steel toes and found shoes locally at Sears on sale at a better price. Although, I don't believe they were Red Wing.

The only problem I have buying shoes online is that I need to try shoes on to see if they are comfortable. You may consider going to your local store and trying on a pair and if the price can't be matched, then order them online.

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August 5, 20090 found this helpful

If you search on Google or another search engine, always put 'compare price' then the name of the item you are looking for. That way, it will give you several options. Also, before you buy, search for 'online coupons' for whichever site you want to buy from, or 'online codes'---these will be for free shipping, reduced shipping, etc that you can use when you check out.

Also, some sites accept Paypal. Visit that site to find out more about it. And you can always purchase a preloaded credit card, at Walmart, or your bank---it is similar to a gift card. Only good for the amount that you put on it, but it can have amounts added to it. Check with your bank first.
Good luck to you. I live in a fairly rural area, and do a lot of shopping online. In 10 years of buying stuff online, I have yet to have a problem.

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May 22, 2015

I normally use the following techniques.

  1. Cash back sites like or

  2. Buy discounted gift cards online thru and apply for my purchases.

  3. Look for any sale or free shipping coupons on shopping site (e.g.

  4. Look for latest online coupons from

  5. Use my 2% rewards Citi Double Cashback card to buy discounted gift cards
I was wondering do you have any other ideas to save more?

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November 3, 2016

This is a page about shopping for Christmas presents online. One way to have access to many more gift choices is to shop online.

A computer with a credit card and Christmas decorations.

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