For years now shoppers have tried to save money one way or the other, it's now becoming easier with the availability of comparison sites, voucher code sites and cash-back incentive sites as well as money-saving forums and blogs. Knowing where to look seems to be a bit of a minefield. Let's have a look at some of the available money-saving resources.
Comparison sites check through lots of retailers to find the cheapest online prices. Using an automated service they visit many retailers collecting prices and delivery charges then collate them together to provide a list of prices usually listed from the cheapest first. In most cases the prices listed include the delivery charge, so the price you see should be the price you pay. Not all comparison sites check products from all the same online stores, so be sure to check through a few different options before you decide to buy.
There's a lot of various discount code sites that can get you vouchers for various shops; many of the voucher directories list vouchers for a percentage of the listed prices, codes for free delivery, maybe a free gift or offers such as buy one get one free, 2 for 1 etc. Many retailers are starting to offer one day or weekend specials where you may get a good percentage off everything, for example 20% for that limited period, this method pulls in new customers that may not have considered shopping at the store in the past but are tempted by the large discount offered. Most vouchers are listed with validity dates and the offered reduction.
Cashback sites are specialist websites that pay a portion of the referral fee back to the person doing the shopping online. You simply have to register to the cashback site then choose the store that you wish to purchase from by clicking through one of the links to the store provided by the site. Once the purchase has been completed the cashback site gets paid the commission for the sale and a portion of that commission is passed back to the customer, it's as simple as that. For example if you shop at Tesco through a cashback website, you get the same product, at the same price, but on top of that you'll get up to 10% cash back depending on the commission rate paid by the store.
This is just a few of the ways to save money when shopping online, using discount codes , cashback and comparison you should never have to pay full price again!