You’re smart enough to buy online, but easily find yourself down a rabbit hole of offers, discounts, and price ranges that’ll make your head spin. It doesn’t have to be this way. With some basic knowledge, you can scoop up good deals, save some time and money, and do the things you really want to in your day.
For starters, use online coupons. There’s no reason you should be paying full price for everything all of the time. Luckily, this is made insanely simple for you. There are things you can add to your internet browser (I’ll assume you have Chrome; if you don’t, go download it, because it’s probably better than whatever you use). Coupons At Checkout is an extension for Chrome that will search the internet for coupon codes for the site you’re shopping on. You’re welcome.
If you’ve got some foresight, set alerts with a site like Slick Deals. You’ve had your eyes on a great blender, but can’t justify the near $600 price tag? Let this primarily user-generated site find the deals for you! When it drops in price somewhere, you’ll get an email with a link to where it’s being sold. Better? They don’t send you spam.
Doesn’t this feel good? You’re already saving money! But, wait! There’s more!
Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Then you should know a couple of key things. First, if you buy something there and the price changes (within seven days from delivery) they’ll issue you a refund for the difference. You can monitor Amazon price changes through this handy little site. Not an Amazon Prime member and need something immediately? Then know the stores that will match Amazon prices. I’ve literally held up my phone at the checkout at Best Buy to show a cheaper price, and the guy just changed it for me. No questions asked.
Flying? Don’t book on a Monday. That’s maybe the worst day you can do it. Surprisingly, Sundays are the new Tuesdays for booking flights.
Now that you’ve saved a bit of money and are done high-fiving yourself, it’ll be easier to pay for all the things you can’t say no to! You’ve got a talented painter friend who works his ass off? Awesome. You should buy his art. And remember how you’re always talking about your brilliant musician friend that has a kick-ass album? Also, who is gonna turn down a great comic book? You won’t, because you’ve just saved money! Oh, and at the end of the day, you may as well throw a couple of bucks at a guy who spent years writing a movie that I also have the smallest involvement in. So you should probably just go ahead and pick that up, too.