A Guide to Online Shopping

Saturday, 7 September 2013
We've all heard about 'the death of the high street'. Everyone's shopping on line these days and there's a good reason why. It's easier, quicker and there's more choice. I definitely buy more clothes online that I do in the shops, with the exception of the occasional regular Primark spree. 

I love shopping online. I can sit on the couch in my onesie and take the time to put together an outfit from different sites without the stress of wandering around the shops or trying things on in an unflattering light (River Island changing rooms, I'm looking at you!). And nothing beats the excitement of that 'Your order has been despatched' email. 


tips and tricks for shopping online


I've come up with a list of tips that I've learned over the years of online shopping. I think knowing a few tricks helps to make things a lot easier and save any extra costs from on line shopping. 

1. Voucher Codes - When you're at the final stage and you're ready to check out, the empty 'promotional codes' section is a bit disheartening. If you don't have a student discount code, or even when you do, it's worthwhile checking online for any voucher codes. Simply Google search the website name and 'voucher codes' and check the top couple of links that come up. I often find 15/20% off or Free Delivery voucher codes, and it literally takes less than a minute to save a lot of money. Two of the top sites are Voucher Box and MyPromotionalCode. These usually can't be used alongside a student discount, so you'll need to pick the one that saves you the most. 

2. ASOS Premier Account - Earlier this year, I signed up for the Premier Account on ASOS. Basically, you pay £9.99 which gets you free unlimited next day delivery for a whole year. Considering the price of next day delivery is usually £5.99, this is a great deal even if you only use it a couple of times. The best thing is that ASOS stock so many brands. If I've found something I like on another website, I check if they stock it on ASOS and if they do, I've instantly saved myself £5 and get my delivery the next day! 

3. Sizes - The downside of on line shopping is that all brands size differently and without seeing the item, it can be difficult to know what size you'll be. If your item is on a model in the picture, check what size the model is wearing - this is always in the details section. If the models tall and you're not, check where the dress length ends and how it fits. On ASOS, you can watch the model on the catwalk to see how the item looks in real life. I also do a quick google search to see if any Bloggers have worn it in an outfit post to see how it fits and how they've styled it! 

4. Utilise 'Free Returns' - More and more websites offer free returns these days. If a website offers it, take advantage of it, especially if you're paying for delivery. If you can afford to, buy two sizes of the item you like,or buy an alternative in case you don't like it. This saves you having to pay delivery twice if you need the next size up. Returning an item really isn't a hassle at all, just wrap it back up and hand it in at the post office!

5. A sneaky little trick - A lot of websites offer 'free delivery when you spend £50' or something similar. If the website has a shop too (eg. Topshop) and/or they offer free returns, and my shopping basket is under £50, I'll sneak in an extra top or something to bring my total up to £50. This qualifies me for free delivery and saves me the normal £5/£6 charge (which is quite a lot, when you consider what you other things you could buy). Then when it arrives, I'll simply wrap up the top and send it back for free. It's no hassle to drop it into the post office on the way to work. Or if it's not free returns, you can pop past the shop to return the item. It may seem like a hassle to save a little, but when you're buying from different sites, the £5 delivery charge adds up to quite a bit.


 'Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves' ;-) 



Do you have any tips for shopping online? What do you think of mine?

xxx

14 comments on "
A Guide to Online Shopping
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  1. These are some really good tips! I never buy anything online without checking for a discount or free delivery code, if you can save a couple of quid then why not?! xx

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    1. I only started doing it in the past few months and can't believe what I've been missing! Always thought my student discount was good but there's a lot better out there :) x

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  2. That's such a good sneaky little trick! How have I never thought of that before ha. Delivery charges always put me off so getting free delivery is a big bonus :D thanks for the tips
    Sarah xxx

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    1. Yeah me too, especially when you've bought from two different places and it's an extra £10 delivery! makes a big difference to get it free!x

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  3. Love your last trick! Definitely would not have thought of that - makes shopping online much easier - great post (:

    Yuen @ The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

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  4. ohh i've never heard of those voucher sites before, thanks for sharing.x

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    1. When I discovered them I couldn't believe what I'd been missing out on lol! Always worth checking :) x

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  5. Love this post. Never ever thought of doing the last trick! But I will now ;)
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    1. Thanks! Yeah there's always little ways to save money and it makes a big difference :) Glad you liked it! xx

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  6. Very useful tips! Its actually made me want to do a spot of online shopping now haha! :)


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