The secrets to finding the best bargains online

Getting a big, fat discount when you shop online is what we all crave.

You don’t have to be a hardcore shopper to receive a decent discount off your next online purchase. Here’s some simple things to keep in mind when you start your bargain hunt.   

Shop the outlets first

Many large retailers have an outlet / sale section in their online store. Try and avoid the ‘new arrivals’ section and get clicking in the outlet section first. Have the patience to browse through the items and utilise the key search categories so you can find what you’re looking for, fast.

Use comparison websites

GetPrice will help you compare pretty much any item you buy online. This compares multiple retailers price points at the one time, so you can make a more accurate decision about the best deal possible. ShopBot is also really handy and has a lot less ads pop up, while you search.

Work out cost per wear

I always try and place a dollar per wear value on the pieces that I purchase. If you buy a pair of boots for $200, would you be happy to wear them 100 times and pay $2 per wear? This is a good way to establish if you really need the item and whether the price is justified.

Create your own trend

Following fashion trends is a financially dangerous game and it can also be wasteful, especially if you’re only wearing the item a handful of times, then donating it to charity. Fashion is ever-changing so creating your own fashion sense is the best way to save. When shopping online, try to purchase items that fit your lifestyle. I also shop with the mantra ‘If you’re not in love with it, leave it.’ 

High end to high street

High street fashion brands are taking their inspiration from the most infamous catwalks in the world and creating similar pieces that you and I can purchase, at a quarter of the price. There’s nothing stopping you from browsing Vogue, Instyle and Glamour magazines online and seeing what’s hot for the season ahead. Then you’re armed with a wish list that you can try to match at the more affordable online stores. 

Forever New, Sussan, Asos, French Connection, Valley Girl and Decjuba all produce product that’s inspired by overseas designers.

Code up

If you’re time poor you’re less likely to be monitoring discount codes but if you put in the effort, it will save you a great amount, over time. OzBargain is an excellent place to start because it’s built by a community of serious bargain hunters that immediately update the site with sales and discount codes. The trick? Get in early because this site causes retailers to sometimes cease the discounts because of its popularity.

Small boutiques have all the bargains

Small boutiques are starting to stock their own, unique labels. Try the likes of Little Lace, Billy J Boutique, Jean Jail, Feather and Noise and Maive and Bo if you’re looking for the luxe look, for a whole lot less.

The other benefit from shopping at these boutiques is that they have smaller amounts of stock of a particular item so less people are wearing what you’re wearing. Bonus!

Get cash back

Pricepal allows you to purchase from a select list of retailers (there’s 700 of them!) and receive a percentage of the spend back. You can install a web app so it pops up automatically when you’re shopping on one of their preferred sites. The percentage back on one purchase might not be ground breaking but over time the amount will add up.

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Images: Lizzie Halloran

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Posted by Alex753 •18w ago • Report
Thanks for the useful tips! I'm fond of online shopping and I'm always searching for new collections and stylish clothes at affordable prices. Recently I found one great plus size clothing store at in NZ. I've alredy ordered a new dress there for the Christmas party.