Saving Money with Internet Shopping

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Think internet shopping won’t save you money? Think again. Follow these simple steps to saving money with a few clicks of a mouse.

I have never been a fashionista, but I’m working on fighting the frump. I know that when I am dressed in clothes that fit and sport relatively few stains, I feel a little more confident. When I take some time to educate myself about trends and fashion, I feel like a million bucks.

I feel a little more on top of things instead of feeling — and looking — like a chump.

As you know last fall my wardrobe and I went to battle and I even “hired” a personal shopper. The result was a small stack of clothes to give away and practice shopping with different online clothing companies.

Oh! And a fabulous closet with endless outfit options that make me feel like a million bucks!

I love internet shopping. Not only do I find clothing that fits without leaving the comfort of my home, but I am also able to save some money by a few clicks of the mouse. While there are benefits to shopping in person and trying things on, I find that internet shopping fits my life in this season a little bit better.

Though I will confess I look forward to hitting the mall with my mom and sisters when we head to Minnesota later this month.

Those of you with littles and no babysitter know too well that hauling the kids with you takes much longer and costs time, money, and a few extra brain cells. Have you ever tried clothes shopping with six kids in tow?

Internet shopping is the way to go.

Saving Money with Internet Shopping

These are some simple steps I take to save money with internet shopping:

1. Use Ebates.

Ebates is a referral and online coupon site that gives you  cash back on the purchases you make online. I use it for all online shopping and I regularly get anywhere from 3 to 20% back on the things I buy. We even got a huge rebate by buying our plane tickets to England through Ebates!

I’ve been using Ebates since 2008, and they tell me I’ve received over $1000 in cash back the last nine years shopping through their portal.

2. Surf the clearance.

Retailers are in the process of switching out their winter lines, so likely now is the best time to get great prices on sweaters and coats, but surprisingly, this week I found a huge variety of spring-ready styles on clearance at Kohls.

I’m thrilled to have found these pieces (pictured above) to go with the latest capsule wardrobe from Get Your Pretty On. More details on that next week! I’m so excited about it. You will LOVE Alison’s ideas for fighting the frump.

3. Use promotion codes and super cash.

Most online venders have additional promotions going on, such as an additional 20% off or “super cash” in the form of a coupon good for future discounts. You can find out about many of them from checking Ebates, subscribing to the store’s newsletter, or simply hopping on the site.

My above purchase generated an additional $5 future discount in the form of Kohl’s Cash, while I redeemed $20 in Super Cash at Old Navy earlier in the week for a sweatshirt for my son and a striped cardigan for me. All these little savings may seem like drops in a bucket, but they help our budget nonetheless. And keep us in style. 😉

4. Call customer service.

On more than one occasion, I have forgotten to type in the promotion code or failed to read the fine print of an offer. Instead of shrugging my shoulders, I’ve picked up the phone and called customer service. Each time the person on the other phone has graciously adjusted my order to reflect the lowest possible price. A few minutes of phone time reaps savings — even when the mistake is yours.

Ordering online saves me gas, time, and effort as well as a few pennies. In some cases, I return items that don’t work out, but each vendor I shop from provides me with a free return label so I won’t have to pay shipping when I return the items. I’ve learned a few tricks with online shopping. 😉

I’ll be shopping for the kids this way as we prepare for our upcoming UK trip and shopping for myself as the Spring Style Challenge approaches. I love being able to shop early in the morning or after the kids go to bed at night. And I love saving money.

Related: Be sure to read these additional Online Shopping Tips to Save You Money.

How do YOU save money?

Share a creative money saving idea below in the comments.

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  1. Good job taking advantage of so many different options. Hope your planning on showing your new wardrobe sometime! I agree that wearing clothes that fit you well and look good on your are a big confidence booster.

    Thanks for hosting.

  2. I usually buy clothes online…but only from a few choice (and cheap) places where I know how the clothes will fit…this certainly isnt foolproof, but I haven’t had to go to the mall but just a few times in the last year…(and only then when Old Navy was having $2 tanks or when Children’s Place sent me a coupon I just couldn’t refuse. I HATE THE MALL! With or without kids!

  3. I do this when it’s a really great deal, but since I have a hard time finding clothes that fit I stick with brands/stores I know. I hate monkeying with returns. I use RetailMeNot for coupon codes.

  4. I’m going to save money this fall by not buying anything for myself. 🙂 Okay, maybe some church clothes once the fall sales get rolling in a few months.

    I know this has been covered before but I want to say again how much a difference it makes when I put effort into my appearance. Last fall I did a huge wardrobe purge and overhaul (I had stuff from before my first pregnancy in 2005!). I ended up spending a few hundred $$$ (keep in mind I work part time and need concert dress too) but it was so worth it. Just the simple act of wearing jeans instead of yoga pants makes me feel so much better as I go about my day. I live in Wisconsin so I take advantage of outerwear and scarves. A cute coat or blazer with a scarf makes me feel very put together no matter what I’m wearing underneath.

  5. I want to hear more about your consultation with the personal shopper. How did you find this person? How much did it cost? Was their advice helpful? I could certainly use some help with my wardrobe. 🙂

  6. I’ve been doing a bit of the same. Instead of buying new clothes though I am trying to dress up what I already have using chunky necklaces and earrings. It makes me feel so much more dressed up and put together. I also looked up how to hem some pants that can right now only be worn with heels — hence they never get worn.

  7. Oooh, I know about shopping with 4 kids in tow. It’s not fun, Not even by a long stretch.

    I try to shop at thrift stores on the weekend, and leave the kids at home. If I bring kids, I definitely adjust my expectations. However, my dh is my thrifting mojo. When he came with me the last time, I found 4 pairs of pants that fit – that’s a record!

  8. I saved money by not buying anything today when shopping with my daughter. I have decided it must be something I love-love-love to buy and preferably something I have been looking for, not impulse unless I love-love-love the impulse and it will be a super boost for me. It felt so good to go home with nothing today, instant de-cluttering!

    I do love shopping online. Walmart has some wonderful deals right now with 97 cents shipping. On many sites I’ll wait til they offer a sale or clearance and then wait for free shipping, now that’s my online language! Yes siree bobbie. And of course my rules above still apply online.


  9. I have been shopping online for years. It is sooo much easier than driving out of town to stores. Now with our move, we’re going to have outlets in town! I just might have to do internet AND store shopping.

  10. Love some of your ideas. I live in Spain and we constantly shop online as often when I go to the shops they don’t actually have the size of shoes I am looking for. It is much easier simply to look at them in store to then go home and order them and get them delivered either to my home or to the store.