Be A Smarter Online Shopper

If you’re addicted to the internet, chances are you spend a lot of money buying things online. It might also mean that you waste time debating between two products or hunting down the perfect deal. Here’s how to cut that research time, save some money and share your knowledge when you’re done. I hope you enjoy my Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy

Below, we’ll walk you through the best ways to find deals and make a choice among different products. It doesn’t stop there though: You can also leverage all that research to get yourself discounts and other perks by writing reviews—which, in turn, helps other people who might be making the same buying decisions.

Be a Better Shopper

Finding the best deal online can take a little work but it’s always worth it to save a little cash. The deal is just part of what you’re looking for though; you also have to sift through product reviews to pinpoint what you want.

Find the Best Deals Every Time

Being a true deal hound is second nature to most internet shoppers, but you can use a lot of tools to make the process even easier. The basics of getting great deals before are pretty simple: One method is to use invisible hand and price blink browser extensions, which automatically tell you if something you’re shopping for is priced lower elsewhere. It’s simple, effective, and ensures you’ll end up with the best deal.

How to Get the Best Deals with All Your Online Shopping

Online shopping can quickly become overwhelming during the holiday season. Before you check out, it’s also a good idea to hunt down coupons. RetailMeNot is the easiest web site to use. Just type in where you’re shopping and you’ll get a list of current promotions. Oftentimes you get free shipping, or at least 5% off a purchase.

Finally, don’t forget that different times of the year provide better deals than others. If you don’t mind being patient, you’ll get huge discounts provided you wait for the right time.

Planning Purchases

A bit of planning can save you money when it comes to buying; well, just about anything, as reviews aren’t usually objective. The writer, whether they’re an amateur or a professional, is going to inject a little of their own opinion. That’s not a bad thing, but it does mean you need to learn to take some reviews with a grain of salt. A missing feature might make one person upset, but it doesn’t matter to you at all. What matters is that you make an educated decision as quickly as possible. Before you start reading reviews and picking out what you want, write down a list of features you care about. Obviously this doesn’t work with every purchase you make, but for things like computers, cameras, or similar big ticket items, a feature list is a good way to save you money. When you’re reading reviews, make sure you’re not swayed by features you won’t use and you pick the product that suits you best.

We make a lot of mistakes when shopping, but the other big problem is that you have so many options to choose from, and even easy decisions can become really hard to make. With an unlimited number of choices at your fingertips, making a quick decision is almost impossible.

The Regretful Things You Do When Shopping (and How to Fix Them)

It’s officially holiday shopping season, and retailers are counting on your consumer impulses. The solution? Just make a choice and move on. If you’re worried about buyer’s remorse, or that you’re making the wrong choice, pick a store with a good return policy. Using something like a pro-con list is great to help you find what you’re really looking for, but don’t waste hours picking between two similar products. With a good return policy, you can also buy a few different products and compare them side-by-side to make sure you get what you really want. If you have to, give yourself a decision time, force yourself to make the choice, and move on.

I hope you enjoyed Cathy’s Tuesday Tip this week. To view more of Cathy’s Tuesday Tips, visit our blog.

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