March 6, 2010

The secret to online shopping is in the code...

Online shopping is said to be on the rise again - with how busy everyone's lives are it's hardly surprising - online shopping just makes it so much easier for busy people to buy what they need without having to worry about parking, navigating giant malls or standing in line to pay.  For me, nothing will ever replace the instant gratification of instore shopping but there are certain things that I do order online that I either can't get here or I like to take advantage of the online codes that only come with the online experience.  Actually, for some places, like Sephora, unless I have a code, I will wait to order. has always been my site of choice to find codes and I've always found them up-to-date unlike some of the sites that are full of out-of-date information.

Barry Boone the founder and CEO of and was kind enough to share his online shopping tips with me to pass along to you:

1 - Always check for a coupon or promotional code before checking out.  Visiting and getting a coupon only takes a few seconds and could save you anything from free shipping to 50% off or more.

2 - If you know the exact product you want to purchase, it pays to visit several online retailers to get the best price. can help you find that best price by giving you a list of online stores in the category you're shopping for, and showing you the coupons that those stores are offering.

3 - In general, it is far safer to use a credit card than a debit card for shopping online.  Most debit cards do not offer the same level of safety that a credit card does, and when an unexpected or erroneous charge shows up on your debit card, the money is taken from your bank account and you can end up with bounced checks or other issues before you realize the problem has occurred.

4 - Always be sure that the final checkout screen shows the correct items, quantities, and pricing before you submit your order

5 - Read the site's privacy policy on information sharing, and be sure you don't unintentionally opt in to having your information shared with third parties.

6 - Some merchants are required to collect sales taxes in your state while others might not.  It can pay to check several online retailers if the merchant you're about to purchase from wants to charge sales tax.

7 - If you're an eBay shopper, be sure to check for an eBay coupon, especially if you pay by PayPal.  eBay sometimes issues coupons that are valid for purchases made on their site with PayPal.  This is especially true near the holidays.

8 - Pay close attention to shipping charges.  Some retailers make up their low prices by padding the shipping, so you want to be sure you're getting the lowest possible overall price. 

Happy shopping!

- Lisamarie -


  1. Wonderful tips! Shopping online has become so convenient for me and I'm always glad to read something that helps me save a few dollars, haha. Thanks for the post! :)

  2. I loooove online shopping :D I window shop online pretty much everyday, and if I can get a product online (especially for cheaper) I'll go for it. Much better than dealing with rude or annoying sales assistants and other people XD

  3. Great tips!! I think online shopping is a great way to find awesome deals! I know friends who buy designer clothes at a majorly discounted price online.

    Oh, and another site you guys should check out is They're great for finding deals and seeing the hidden fees (no need to worry about calculating shipping/brokerage!) and seller/product analyses. I think the best part is that it's pretty to look at too! :P

    Happy shopping!! :)


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