I’m not sure about you, but I am an absolute sucker for a bargain. Even more so when I am shopping online. My friends have dubbed me the ‘Queen of Online Shopping’, and even though that’s not strictly true (maybe), I do have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to high street shopping. I recently shared them with my friend who said it has ‘changed her life’ – bit of a bold statement but I’ll go with it! ASOS, H&M and Zara are my three most used online shops but I have also a few generic recommendations to share too. So, without further ado, these are the tricks I use to save a few pennies to nab the things I really want.
- Pay for premium membership. It’s £9 per year (that’s 75p a month!) and you get so much for your money:
- Unlimited next day delivery
- First access to sales
- Birthday treats
- You also get 5 points for every £1 spent. This then gets converted to a £5 voucher for every 500 points spent. A girlfriend recently wasn’t aware of this and was thrilled to find £20 worth of vouchers on her account so if you have Premium membership it might be worth checking out your dashboard!
- If any item is out of stock, add it to your saved items/ make a note of the URL. If it’s something I really want I go back and check 2 – 3 times a day as stock levels change all of the time. I’ve bagged a lot of must have items this way (*top tip – check first thing in the morning!)
- One of the main things I find frustrating on ASOS is that most of time the items I love and want to buy seem to be out of stock in my size when I go to buy them. This is where I become a bit obsessive. Have you ever heard of the expression ‘you always want what you can’t have’? That’s certainly true with me – if there is anything ever standing in my way I find I want it even more. And will try my hardest to get it. I always add the item I want to my saved items list and then continue to check 2 – 3 times a day. ASOS is such a huge company, their stock supply is changing all the time. I find checking first thing in the morning is the best time for stock. I have bagged many of my must have items with this trick.
- Ah, my current favourite high street retailer. I am delighted that they have just started to offer free next day delivery for orders over £50. You can also have the items delivered to a convenient location too. Winner! Unfortunately, Zara aren’t known for their discount codes (in fact I don’t think I have ever, ever seen one?!) but their bi-annual sales more than make up for that. The dates of the Zara sales are normally kept under lock and key, however for a good idea of the sort of time they are likely to start, this handy website has all of the previous dates listed out: http://www.findsales.co.uk/zara-sale/
- Another little hack for Zara is to pay via Paypal. If you have a Paypal account, sometimes the option of ‘pay after delivery’ is offered on check out. This is where Paypal will pay for your purchases but actually don’t take the funds out of your account until 2 weeks later. This is such a bonus when you want something so much and can’t wait until pay day! Check to see if your Paypal account offers this though as some don’t.
- H&M is a new one for me. I recently downloaded their app and signed up to their ‘H&M Club’ which is their loyalty club all done via their app. Every time I make a purchase I automatically get points. Whenever I make a purchase in store I just show my unique bar code to the salesperson who is serving me. They then scan it and the points get instantly added.
- H&M are normally great at offering discount codes online and in store, and the app gives you even more amazing deals based on your points. I recently got 25% off £30 and another 10% off £15, all because I had enough points to cash in. Definitely worth signing up, and what’s more – it’s free!
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- Always search Google for discount codes before you check out. Some high street retailers never or hardly ever offer discount codes (*ahem Zara*) but others are so good for it – New Look, BooHoo, H&M etc.
- Buy the day before payday… funds don’t clear straight away so you can ensure that you treat yourself before you get paid!
- Most retailers offer next day or free delivery for orders over a certain amount. If they also offer free returns, then put random stuff in your basket to take advantage. Then send it back. (This is technically cheating the system, but in actual fact, I almost always end up keeping what I used to bump up the price anyway!)
- Follow your favourite retailers on social media to keep updated on daily deals and discount codes on your shopping.
- Sign up to newsletters to get discount codes (I’ve signed up with multiple email addresses to take advantage of this).
- Log in to your account, put things in your basket and then leave the site. Some retailers will email you with a discount code to entice you back. It’s sneaky… but it works.
Happy Shopping! Do you have any tips of your own you can share with me? I’d love to know.