You've been there — a "quick look" on turns into a cart full of items for $300, and a bank account that was not expecting a random Wednesday evening splurge. It happens! While I don't have the cure for online shopping addictions, I do have a whole lot of tricks that will save you — and even make you — money.
1. Make money while shopping. If you're constantly ordering things online without using , you're doing it wrong. Ebates receives commission from stores just by sending you to them, and in return they share that revenue with you. Sign up, get the , and you're looking at up to 10 percent back at certain websites. Once you're a member, you'll get a check from them every three months. Do this now and thank me later.
2. Never buy anything directly from a website without Googling it first. While Wayfair is an easy spot to shop — and spend all of your money — the site can get pricey. If you find an item you like, copy and paste its full name into Google or Amazon, and you could snag it for less. For example, this Safavieh coffee table is , and . That's an extra $68 you could save! If you don't want to do the legwork manually, there are also Chrome extensions available from spots like .
3. Leave an item that you're hesitant about in your cart for a few days and you might receive a discount code. You know those "We Miss You!" marketing emails? Well, being patient has its perks. According to the , certain retailers will notice that you've left an item in your cart, and in an effort to get you to buy it, they'll send you a coupon code. While this isn't the case with every retailer, it worked with stores like Home Depot and Best Buy.
4. Find out secret promo codes. In addition to an Ebates Chrome extension, you really shouldn't shop without , which applies the best coupon code at checkout automatically. How beautiful is that?
5. Use multiple email addresses for extra coupons. Confession: I have two email addresses, and once I've already received, let's say 15 percent off of my first order, I'll sign up for the same site again with the email I haven't used yet. While companies might frown upon this, it's a helpful hack when you really need a price knocked down.
6. The sweet spot for discounts is Wednesday through Friday. Mark your calendar! The best deals online role out from Wednesday through Friday, reports.
7. Order from sites that offer free shipping both ways and buy extras. If you can't decide what color pillows to get, buy both options and then send what you don't want back. I know, I know, returning isn't fun — but if there's free shipping, you might as well take advantage and get exactly what you want by testing multiple options IRL.
8. Wait for a holiday. If there's no urgency to what you're ordering —especially if it's something major like a new patio set or mattress — think about any potential upcoming holiday's that will likely call for a sale and you might end up with a crazy deal. If you're not sure whether or not a store will be rolling out a sale, chat their online support or email customer service to ask.
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