7 Ways to Save Money Shopping Online

Do you prefer shopping online or in stores? Personally, I find making purchases over the web easier to save money and more convenient. As someone who is frequently buying products over the internet, I thought I would show you some tips on how you could save money while shopping online!

1. Search for Promotional Codes

This method is easier than the old-fashioned way of clipping coupons from catalogs. Before you confirm the payment on your purchase, type in “the site you’re shopping at” with the term “promo code” into Google’s search engine and you will see different options show up. Choose the codes with the best deals to add to your shopping cart and watch the total price go down. The most reliable websites I use are retailmenot.com and groupon.com.

2. Sign up for E-mail Updates

Many sites send you a promotional code when you sign up for their e-mail subscription to use on your first purchase. If you don’t want your inbox flooded with spam then create another e-mail address to use for these subscriptions. People that are on a company’s e-mail list get access to special promotions.

3. Compare Prices with Browser Add-Ons

I suggest downloading a browser extension. My favorite is PriceBlink because this add-on automatically finds lower prices across the web and coupons while I am shopping. Another extension that is similar to PriceBlink is Wikibuy. These add-ons make my shopping experience faster by not having to manually search the web for lower prices. 

4. Track Prices

 Add items to your wish list or shopping cart then leave them there for a few days. Check back every so often and you might notice the items go down in price. I know through Amazon that many sellers lower their prices to remain on top of the buying list, which is why you might find that items are cheaper on Amazon after a couple of days.

5. Get Cash Back

Through E-bates, you can automatically earn a percentage of cash back by shopping. Download the browser extension as a reminder to use it whenever you are making a purchase. There’s no catch to it, just shop through the participating stores and earn money. You can choose to receive your payment in the form of a check or to your bank account. If you’re not on E-bates yet, then here’s my referral link you can use to sign up and earn $10:

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

6. Use Social Media

Follow brands that you are interested in on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to get updates on the latest promotions. Look up certain hashtags on Twitter and Instagram such as #coupon, #promo, and #giveaway to find deals that might interest you.

7. Buy Gift Cards at a Discount

You can buy gift cards that are cheaper than the value of the card. If you’re not planning to buy something right away, then it is a good idea to buy a discounted gift card to save a few bucks. A site that I use is giftcardgranny.com.

Bonus for Those of You with a Valid Student E-Mail Address

Use your student e-mail address to your advantage! Many companies offer special promotions for students, so make sure to check if there are any student deals before making a purchase. Sign up with UNiDAYS to score discounts on major brands and don’t forget to take advantage of Amazon Prime.

Have any other tips on how to save money while shopping online? Leave a comment below. I would love to read them!

(There are referral links included in this post which means I may receive credit if you sign up through my links, but that does not add any additional cost to you as the customer. This blog post is not sponsored and all the opinions stated are my own.)


Thivy Michelle


  • Reply mailinh pham February 25, 2017 at 10:23 am

    i love this

  • Reply Jordan D'Amico February 25, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Since my main addiction (besides lattes) is online shopping, this post is a godsend!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 25, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Haha totally agree! Glad that you liked it 🙂

  • Reply Karthik February 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

    wow great tips, when this remind when I bought the laptop I spend the lot time in search online that suits my best I didn’t think of this tips next time I buy I use this method

  • Reply Emma @ Muddy Boots and Diamonds February 25, 2017 at 11:21 am

    LOOVE Ebates!

  • Reply Maria @ kitchenathoskins February 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Very informative post. I use social media and email updates and will now try us to your other pointers. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 25, 2017 at 11:47 am

      You’re welcome! I hope they help 🙂

  • Reply Jenniffer | Life is Messy and Brilliant February 25, 2017 at 11:46 am

    These are amazing tips! I need to start trying them <3

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thank you! I hope you find them useful 🙂

  • Reply Lynn February 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I do all of this except compare & track prices. I’m too lazy to do that haha. This is great though. Thanks for sharing.

    Lynn N.
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    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 25, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Of course! Downloading the browser extension will help with price comparison so you don’t have to do it manually 🙂

  • Reply Sheena February 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Such an awesome post! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Krista @ Gringita February 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    It always amazes me how often googling a promotion code can actually work to save you money on a purchase! I once found a good discount on MCAT prep books which saved me $50 books just from a quick search! Never heard of gift card granny.. good tip!

  • Reply Alicia Nicole February 25, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I actually use a browser extension to help with coupon codes. I forget what its called, but it cycles through all the known coupon codes for a website so that it can save you the most money. Combined with your other tips I can really save some money! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Cheers!

    Alicia Nicole xo

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 25, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      I think the one you’re talking about is Honey! I use to use it but I found that most of the promo codes they gave me were already expired. Unfortunately, it didn’t really work too well for me so I got rid of it.

  • Reply Brittany February 26, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Great post!

  • Reply Nay February 26, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Great tips! A really informative post!

  • Reply Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds February 26, 2017 at 8:21 am

    These are all fab tips, couldn’t have said any of it better myself! I prefer shopping online too 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Webb February 27, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Great tips, thanks! I always google search for offer codes when I’m ordering Dominos pizza etc but never thought to do the same for any other shopping I do! I will from now on!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

      You definitely should! Glad I could help 🙂

  • Reply jattu February 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I love this, thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Caitlin February 27, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips!!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  • Reply Hanna February 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    YES! I never purchase full price! These are great tips! I love when sites allow you to coupon stack too!

  • Reply Anna February 28, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Such a great post, I love saving money.

  • Reply Veronika Sykorova February 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I love comparing prices with browser add-ons, its so useful!

  • Reply Kelsey February 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm


    This is a great post! I have been meaning to make a similar post I just have not gotten around to it yet. I love Ebates and use it all of the time!



    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Definitely go through with it and same girl! 🙂

  • Reply Courtney Bentley February 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Great Ideas!

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  • Reply Jen February 28, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    These tips are amazing!

  • Reply Brittany Comeaux March 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I love all of these tips and use them a lot, myself!

  • Reply Grace March 3, 2017 at 7:58 am

    One way I have found to help get promo codes is the Honey extension on Chrome. I was getting tired of google expired codes! But then I found honey and it looks for all the codes and tries each one!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 3, 2017 at 8:09 am

      That’s awesome! I use to use Honey too ☺

  • Reply Erica March 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’ve never heard of Giftcard Granny…sounds like a great way to save money. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Danielle @ The Pennies We Saved March 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Gift Card Granny!? Never even heard of it! I am not big on shopping. but definitely going to check this out the next time I consider gifting a gift card lol

  • Reply Shelley March 5, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Great post. I love online shopping. It’s easier to get promo items online. Saving money is key.

  • Reply Dyana - A Debt Free Journey March 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I personally like to shop online for pretty much all of these reasons! I save a lot of money comparing prices and looking up coupon codes, something you cannot really do in a store. I also confess to getting a rush when the box is delivered to me!

  • Reply Katriza | Mommy Engineering March 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Looks great!

  • Reply Cheryl March 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for sharing this helpful post! We’re all about saving money where ever we can. We are avid travelers and our philosophy is the more the we save, the more money we have for traveling! We have a new travel blog and would love for you to check us out if you get a chance! We have a post on how to save money by working those gas reward points.

    Live Your Adventure,
    The AdventureDawgs

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 18, 2017 at 1:15 am

      Thank you for stopping by Cheryl! I will be sure to check it out when I have the chance. Can’t miss out on any opportunities to save money!

  • Reply Andi March 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    It’s great to earn while you shop!

  • Reply Kathleen March 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Great resource!

  • Reply Shari E April 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Great tips! I always check retailmenot.com before I buy too. Every little bit helps!

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I rarely buy things online. Here in S.Africa the idea is just starting to catch on. N is for Nuggets and News as you Build a Better Blog. #AtoZchallenge.

  • Reply Finish Line Coupons July 12, 2017 at 4:21 am

    I think everyone nowadays are shopping online. I am sure this will help them a lot. Great idea for sharing!

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