A guide to finding the best deals online

deals onlineThere's no question that there are disadvantages to shopping online. For example, you cannot try things on such as clothes, and even the best pictures sometimes do not give you the best idea of what a product is truly like. That said, online shopping offers one, really huge advantage, which is low price. For just about any product I want to buy, I always notice that when I go online, I find a better price for it. This has been true for me regardless of the product type. I've saved money online by purchasing vitamins, contact lenses, electronics, office supplies, and a myriad other items. And because of the potential savings, I try my best to buy as many things online as possible. The good news is that it's almost always possible to buy any kind of product online these days.

Through years of shopping, I've come to realize that there are certain stores online that consistently sell low-priced items. This includes Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, and many other online retailers. But even if you have a favorite store, you should always hunt for bargains and compare prices with several different stores. The easiest way to do this is by using a price comparison website. Google's shopping page is a good place to start, but it is only one of many places where you can compare prices. Nextag, Pricegrabber, and Shopzilla are just some of the other sites you can visit to find the lowest price. Be aware, however, that these sites will only compare prices for stores within its database. It does not always guarantee that you will be getting the absolute lowest price on the Web. Nevertheless, it is a good starting point for finding the lowest priced vendor for a particular product, and it is always the first step for me when I am shopping for a specific item.

Once you find a vendor you want to buy from, you should them look for deals. The most common type of online deal you can find are online coupons, which are provided by many different coupon sites like coupons.com and slickdeals.com. The easiest way to find a coupon, however, is to do a simple search in Google. Simply type in the name of the store you chose, along with the word 'coupon' in the search field. You'll be surprised to find that whatever store you are shopping at, there most likely will be more than one coupon you can use to save money, get free shipping, or receive a free gift. Online coupons sometimes require you to enter a code at the checkout screen. Therefore, copy down the code and make sure you enter it when you arrive at the appropriate screen. If you don't do that, you won't be able to claim your discount.

One final thing I will say is that when you buy things online, it's better to buy a large quantity at once. Not only does this open up the possibility of receiving additional bargains, it also qualifies you for free shipping at many vendors. The worst thing to do is buy a small item (such as a pen) by itself and have to pay a relatively large shipping fee. If you shop in such a manner, don't be surprised that you're often paying more for shipping than you are for the product you are buying. As for myself, when I buy things like contact lenses or vitamins, I typically get myself a 6-month supply. This makes life easier for me since I have to place fewer orders throughout the year. And more importantly, I get bulk discounts and lower pricing, along with free shipping, due to the size of my order.

So the next time you are thinking of making a purchase, remember to do what I do. Use price comparison sites to find a good vendor, then search for online coupons for extra savings. For other tips on saving money and finding deals online, check out this video below: