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I think everyone would like to pay less for things, and we love the idea of getting a good deal. There are so many “exclusive” shopping sites, deal groups and places to print coupons, it’s clear we all enjoy saving money when we can.
But all of those sites and great deals can actually cause you to spend more because you think you’re getting a great deal when maybe you aren’t. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you really save money shopping online (or in stores, for that matter).
Do you really need it? I know sometimes the line between want and need is hazy, but sometimes it’s not. If saving money is really a goal, think before you purchase.
Is it really a good deal? Whenever I’m looking at a deal site, I like to check prices for items elsewhere. It may seem like a good deal, but if you have to pay shipping and could get it at Amazon or somewhere else where you don’t have to pay shipping, maybe it’s not worth it (also, taking time to shop around might convince you that you don’t actually need the thing).
Will I really use it? This is for deal sites where you can buy discounts on experiences, local restaurants and the like, but it holds for actual things as well. I know I’ve bought deals for experiences that I never actually ended up using, and if I’d been honest with myself about doing the thing I could have saved some money.
Can I find a discount code or coupon? Many sites periodically offer discount codes for free shipping or when you make your first purchase or sign up for a newsletter. Search online for the company and discount codes to see what you can find.
And know that coupons are not just for the grocery store. Lots of places online and off offer coupons and promotions. A great place to check is Groupon Coupons, which has a vast selection of coupons and deals from all sorts of retailers and companies.
Just a few you might be interested in include
The site tells you which codes can be used online or in stores and all the rules and restrictions. And it’s all totally free, you don’t even have to sign in. How great is that?
Do you have any tips for saving money shopping online or elsewhere? I’d love to hear them!