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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Online Shopping Tips

Here are some of my favorite places to shop online and a few things I’ve learned.

  • Kohl’s usually provides a free shipping code for credit card holders. This will stack with a percent off code. I love Kohl’s online clearance. Check it often for some great bargains.

  • Banana Republic will e-mail you a free shipping code if you subscribe to their e-mails. See the registration near the bottom of the page. As long as you order at least one item from BR, you can also add items from Old Navy, Gap, Athleta, and Piperlime to your cart and receive free shipping on them as well!

  • JCPenney will only allow you to use one coupon code per order. That means that you have to choose between a discount or free shipping. This is why I usually avoid shopping online with JCPenney. I have found that their in-store sales are generally better. Also, after you shop at JCP, don’t forget to take the survey. The information is located on your receipt. After completing a short survey, you will receive a 15% off coupon for your next purchase. The good news is that this can be combined with other JCP coupons for even more savings.

  • Victoria’s Secret is another retailer that offers good online discounts. You can stack 3 coupons codes per order. I recommend signing up for their e-mails and snail mail, if you are interested. I frequently receive coupons for free panties in the mail.

  • Target offers a new Daily Deal everyday. These are discounted items with free shipping. Look for the Daily Deal logo on Target’s homepage.

  • Amazon has many items that are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping, which means free shipping if you spend over $25 on these eligible items.

  • DSW allows you to enter 3 promotion codes at checkout. I frequently receive codes for free shipping or dollars off my purchase. I can usually find some great deals in their clearance section. You can also sign up for their free rewards program to earn points. They will send a $10 rewards certificate once you earn 1500 points. DSW also has double points promotions to make it easier to reach this.

Don’t forget to sign up for cashback programs at Ebates, Fat Wallet, Shop At Home, Mr Rebates, and Cashbaq. If I’m making a big online purchase, I check all of these sites to see which has the best cashback percentage. Sometimes they can vary greatly.

A few other resources for coupons codes are FreeShipping.org, Coupon Cabin, Retail Me Not, and Coupon Mountain. There are many others out there, but these are just some of my favorites.

Where are your favorite places to shop online?

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