smart shopping tips

Love to shop? You're not alone. Consumers spend more than $1 billion online each and every day of the year.

If you're trying to save money or stick to a budget, it can be a difficult habit to kick, but these tips will help you keep your shopping habits under control.

1. Shop Outlets

Outlet stores can be a great way to save money on your favorite brands, but don't fall into the widespread misconception that outlets sell the "leftovers" of the name brand chain.

Most name brands make clothing specifically for their outlet stores, but that doesn't mean you can't save money.

Just spend a moment searching for "outlets near me" and you're bound to come across a long list of outlet stores that can help you score name brand items at a fraction of the regular store's cost. That means you can look good on a budget!

2. Get Cash Back

Once you catch the cash back bug, you'll never be willing to shop without earning 1% or 2% back on what you spend.

A cash back credit card is the easiest way to earn cash back on your purchases, but you can even stack cash back when you shop online.

Using a site like Ebates can help you find cash back deals for your favorite stores, allowing you to earn up to 10% cash back on your purchases (or more).

You can also get some additional savings by joining loyalty and rewards programs for your favorite stores.

3. Mobile Coupon Apps

You've probably seen the shows about extreme couponers who save hundreds if not thousands of dollars off their purchases.

While you probably can't go that extreme without committing a lot of time, and sacrificing brand and quality, you can save money on the items you do want to buy by taking advantage of mobile coupon apps.

With a mobile coupon app, you can find coupons for the stores you want to shop and, with some, you can even enter the product you want to buy and figure out what stores have coupons for it right now, helping you to save money.

4. Deal Sites

If you are waiting it out to buy a product once it goes on sale, there are sites out there to help you pinch your pennies.

From tools that alert you when a product drops below a certain price point to deal sites that will show you hot deals and flash sales at any given time when used with self-control, these sites can help you wait things out so you can get the best price.

When all else fails, don't hesitate to shop bargain stores too so that you can get more for your money.

When possible, refer your friends to stores and get store credit or cash back when they make their first purchase.

With these techniques, you could end up saving hundreds of dollars in just a few purchases.

Martin B.Shopping
Love to shop? You're not alone. Consumers spend more than $1 billion online each and every day of the year. If you're trying to save money or stick to a budget, it can be a difficult habit to kick, but these tips will help you keep your shopping habits under...