My love of online shopping stems from my high school days. Growing up in Kelowna, there was very limited selection. Although Vancouver have more variety, I hate dealing with crowds, line ups and sometimes terrible customer service. To avoid all this, I spend most of my time shopping online. Shopping online makes sense if there is free shipping or you can easily return the items to the store. To make the most of your money online follow these tips:
Find Coupons Online
I have blogged about RetailMeNot before. Anytime I am about to order anything online I search for a coupon code on RetailMeNot to see if I can get any additional discounts.
Sign up for Ebates.ca
Ebates.ca is a website that refunds you a percentage of your online purchases. All you have to do is create a profile on the website and sign in every time you want to order something online. Ebates will either mail you a cheque or you will can receive payment through Paypal.
Set up Sale Alerts
Like probably everyone else in the world, I love designer clothes but I do not enjoy the designer price tags. Every season there is an item that I fall in love with, but I cringe when I see how much it costs. Shopstyle has this amazing function where you can set sale alerts. Once the item goes on sale, the website sends you an email notification.
Purchase High Quality Items on Sale
I had to change the settings on my e-mail subscriptions because I can not resist a good deal. Hautelook, Gilt.com and Beyond the Rack have flash sales on designer products. The discounts are quite significant, ranging all the way up to 80% off.
Do Your Research
The nice thing about the internet is that you can do a quick google search to compare prices of products before you buy them. Make sure you add the item to the checkout so you can factor in shipping or duty costs.
Other Online Shopping Tips:
Check the size guide and the reviews before you order. The reviews can tell you a lot about how an item fits. If you are between sizes order more than one size, especially if there are free returns.
Stores that have free shipping:
- Amazon.ca has free shipping depending on the vendor
- Lululemon has free shipping and free returns
- Zara has free shipping over $50 and you can return to the store
- Forever21 has free shipping over $50 and you return to store
- Hudson Bay has free shipping over $99 and you can return to store. There is more variety online as well
- Aritzia has free shipping over $150 and you can return to store