How to get the Best Deals Online

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Learn how to make the most of your online shopping and nab the best digital deals with these tips:

Subscribe to email lists.  Most people avoid email lists like the plague.  However, email subscribers get some of the best deals that retailers offer, so if you can tolerate a few more messages in your inbox, it’s a good way to stay apprised about sales and promotions.

Combine Membership Benefits.  Many member-based programs are expanding their partnerships with other retailers to offer enhanced benefits.  Keeping tabs on the latest offers can ensure you’re maximizing your membership.  For example,, which features deals on items ranging from top tech gadgets to kitchen gizmos to sporting goods, now offers free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Seek out Discount Codes.  Whether you subscribe to a site that aggregates codes, rely on a browser extension or even do a manual search, wait to confirm an order until first checking to see if there are any discount codes available.

Check in on Daily Deals.  Many online retailers specialize in daily deals.  But, be- aware that many of these deals are available for a limited time and in limited quantities.  It’s to your advantage to understand how often your favorite sites post new deals and the flash sales they offer.  Stay connected by subscribing to the site’s newsletter or following the site’s social media channels.

Use your Shopping Cart.  Retailers have become very sophisticated at monitoring shoppers’ habits and behaviors.   It may be a little invasive, but it can pay off to your advantage.  Place items in your shopping cart then close out of your browser.  It’s possible you’ll receive an email within the next day or two with an incentive to complete your purchase.

Take Advantage of Free Shipping.  Look for sites that provide free shipping and consider combining purchases to take advantage of free shipping offers. 

Once you have a few tricks in place, scoring savings online can be more lucrative and easier than coupon clipping.  Combine that with the convenience of shopping from home and you’ve got one smart deal.