Top tips for getting the best bargains online

The OpenMoney team

December 6, 2020

Shopping online is something lots of us will be relying on when crossing things off our loved ones wish lists this year. We thought we’d share our top five tips to snag the best bargains online.  

Browser extensions

When you’re shopping online, as many of us will be this year, check out some browser extensions which will alert you if there’s a discount code you could try. Honey is one of the best for automatically applying discount codes to your online basket without you having to do a thing!  

Cashback sites

Remember the saying ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’? Well never has that been more fitting! Sites like TopCashback have exclusive deals with various retailers, you just need to start from the cashback site, search the brand you’re shopping with and as long as you click the link from the cashback site you’ll get a percentage back in your cashback account. The amount of cashback varies and although it may not seem a lot, it can really add up over time. If you start now it could even become your Christmas present fund for next year!  

Marketing emails

Sign up to marketing emails from brands you plan to buy from to be alerted of sales and discounts, lots of brands give email subscribers early access to sales and exclusive discounts. Be sure to unsubscribe when you’re not actively looking for something though as marketing emails can encourage unplanned spending!  

Send direct to recipient

With postal services expected to very busy in the run up to Christmas, it may make sense to send your online order direct to the recipient if it is someone you won’t be seeing in person. This saves you time and money on wrapping supplies and another round of postage. Of course this does take away the personal touch, but some companies, especially smaller businesses on sites like Etsy and Not on the High Street, offer gift wrapping services at checkout which look great and could still work out cheaper for you.  

Buy on boxing day

A bit of a cheeky one now! This Christmas is going to be different to usual and there may be people you won’t be seeing and swapping presents with until after Christmas due to Covid restrictions. If this is the case, why not wait and do your shopping for them in the Boxing day sales? You get to keep more of your money and they’ll never know.