Getting the Most for Your Money When Shopping Online

Savvy online shoppers know to search for deals, price matching policies, and coupon codes before they start shopping and to make purchases, they shop through services that return a percentage of their money as credit towards a college account or rebates. Offers for free shipping, discounts on purchases, buy one get on free deals can be found if you know where to look or if you subscribe to your favorite retailer’s email newsletters.

Parent and blogger Lisa Frame, from A Daily Pinch, says she loves finding discounts when shopping online. “It helps that I get newsletters from my favorite etailers who always offer great deals,” she says.

Frame subscribes to newsletters sent by favorite stores such as Lands’ End, Lane Bryant, Kate Spade, Sephora, Macy’s, and Coach. Even high-end stores like Neiman Marcus offer email newsletters. Frame is no stranger to the store’s evening dashes” where she’s “grabbed some steals and saved tons of money.”

In addition to keeping up with current discounts, Frame also maximizes her spending by turning to eBates, RetailMeNot, and her family’s Upromise account. “Between those three, I save money or get money back into my son’s college account. Either way I’m saving in the present, or saving for the future.”

Recently, Frame spent $180 while shopping online through Lands’ End’s site and will be getting 6% back through eBates. After completing holiday shopping, she’s received as much as $90 back from eBates at the start of the new year.

Frame is not the only savvy shopper out there. According to research conducted by ZenDeals, a site that aggregates valid coupons on the web, she’s among the 90 million people who use online shopping promo codes to make her money count.

Besides the sites that Frame uses regularly, these two new websites are also worth taking a look at:

  • ZenDeals— This new service helps solve the problem of shopping frustration and wasted time by providing shoppers with 100% guaranteed-to-work coupon codes for hundreds of top online retailers. No more sifting through a multitude of sites and trying different codes. ZenDeals makes it easier to find the discounts you’re looking for faster.
  • Blue Kangaroo— Blue Kangaroo scours the Web and uses its direct relationships with more than 1,600 brands, daily deal sites, flash sale and coupon sites to aggregate all deals into a single location and sends daily deals and brand offers to your inbox. The site uses technology that gets to know a consumer’s preferences in order to organize deals based on shopping preferences so the best deals and offers are immediately accessible. Blue Kangaroo also sifts through Yahoo! and Gmail emails for relevant offers from your favorite retailers.

 Young Asian woman gives online shopping education to her daughter via Shutterstock

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  1. by Jessica

    On November 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks parents.com for sending to me to Zen deals. I went to Gap and saved 15% through the app. LOVE it!

  2. by Courtney

    On November 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

    As a parent, I know the importance of smart shopping tools and budgeting. I wanted to share an e-wallet site I came across the other day for kids. I have done some research and found that their mission and goals are directly correlated to promoting financial education at a young age: http://kidsca.sh/.

    KidsCash sets up a virtual bank account for kids using real money, and allows me to monitor every step .They employ a ‘learning by doing’ principle, and reward positive behavior such as saving and donating.

    Check it out, it has opened up our commnuication and enabled me to talk to my kids about important life skills, but in a fun way

  3. by Kara G

    On November 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I have to say, I have tried zendeals and I am hooked. I cannot shop online without it and all of the brands I purchase are covered. I love seeing the available and working coupons as I shop. Genius!!