- Look for coupon codes before buying. If you search the merchant’s name and “coupon code” you should be able to see the latest coupons for things like free shipping or a percentage off. Check the coupon’s expiration date and if it requires a certain dollar amount be spent before using.
- Consider setting up a separate email account just for coupons to go from stores where you shop. You only need to check the account when you want to make an online purchase.
- If you are not needing to make a purchase right away, leave the items in your virtual shopping cart. Many time, after a few days, the merchant will contact you with a coupon to encourage you to complete the purchase.
- Daily deals (usually for 50% off or more on retail prices) are growing in popularity. Be cautious not to click to buy just because it’s a great deal, make sure it is something you really need.
- Safeguard your personal information when shopping online. Be sure the website you use is secure (https) and that you are on the legitimate retailer’s site. Knock-off sites do exist and it may be hard to tell the difference from the real thing. 6. Use a credit card, as opposed to a debit card, when shopping online. With credit cards there is a time period after making the purchase before you need to pay your bill (not the case with debit cards where the money comes out of your account immediately). You can use this time to settle any disputes that may arise on transactions.
LEANNE MANNING, EXTENSION EDUCATOR | THE LEARNING CHILD
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