Smart Shopping Advice from a Coupon Queen

Coupon Basics

Savvy Leading Ladies know being fashionable, doesn’t mean you can’t be frugal. Our friend Nicole from Nicole’s Nickels is dedicated to finding the best money-savers on the web, and she’s letting us in on a few of her online shopping secrets. Thanks, Nicole!

I do most of my shopping online these days, mostly because I know I can get great deals online, sometimes even better deals than what you get in the store! Here are 5 of my best online shopping tips:

1.  Always use a cash back shopping site.  Cash back shopping sites like Ebates and Mr. Rebates are free to use and you’ll get a certain percentage of your purchase as cash back into your account.  Sometimes you can get as much as 52% cash back but generally expect 2-8% cash back from most merchants.  You just log in to your cash back shopping accounts and click through to the merchant so your shopping can be tracked and your cash back deposited.

2.  Search for coupon codes.  I always search for coupon codes before I shop.  I use sites like Retail Me Not and CurrentCodes to make sure I am finding all of the valid coupons out there!

3.  Sign up for store/website email newsletters.  Most merchants have email newsletters that are completely free to sign up for.  They then reward your interest by sending you exclusive coupons and invites to private sales/  I use a separate deals email address (sign up for one for free using gmail) for these kind of email newsletters.

4.  Don’t use a debit card.  If you use a debit card online and your account is ever compromised you are out the money debited from the card while you wait for your bank to investigate.  If you use a credit card you just dispute the charge and aren’t responsible for paying it while the credit card company investigates.

5.  Research shipping options.  Many stores now offer a free ship to the store option.  I do this when I don’t have time to shop in the store but live close to one and am happy to have everything sent there.  Try on the clothes in the store and then just return them to the store right then if they don’t fit.  Also consider joining ShopRunner and Amazon Prime for free 2 day shipping! You can get 30 day free trials of both to check out the services!

It is possible to save more money online than in store and what better convenience is there than to not have to go to the store, find a parking space and drag all your purchases home!

About Nicole:  I started Nicole’s Nickels in February 2009 to bring all of the great deals I was finding to my friends and family and then it took off! Since then I’ve continued my full-time day job as an attorney while blogging in the evenings and on weekends. I help my clients during the days at the non-profit I work for and then my Nicole’s Nickels readers trying to find the best deals for their family! I live in south/central Florida and have 2 cute dogs (see their picture under “mascots”) and an amazing husband who has a spunky 6 year old we get to spend a lot of time with. I love telling my readers about great deals and also about the cool products I get to try. Most of all I love giving stuff away to my readers! I hope you’ll take the time to “like” me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to get my daily updates via email to stay in touch!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Search our past Q+A's.
Choose a topic that interests you to view only related Q+A's.

Active Bras
Amber Riley
American Academy of Dermatology
anxiety symptoms
beauty routines
BeautyFull Boutique
best running songs
Best Way to Wash Bras
best workout songs
Body Acceptance
bra calculator
Bra Fit
bra fit tips
Bra Fitting
bra fitting tips
Bra Recycling
Bra Size
bra size calculator
bra sizes
Bra storage
Bra Style
bra styles
Bra Technology
Bra Wardrobe
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast enhancers
Breast forms
Breast Health
breast sizes
bridesmaid dresses
cancer prevention
Celebrating Women
Celebrity News
charitable partnerships
chili peppers
Christmas albums
Christmas music
Comfortable Bras
compression sports bra
contour bras
curve model
curvy actresses
curvy body
curvy celebrities
curvy fashion
curvy fashionista
curvy models
date ideas
Davids Bridal
Diet Plans
dry shampoo
Easy Exercises
egg nutrition
Emotional Eating
emotional health
fashion trends
Fashion's Night Out PLUS
Father's Day
First Time Bra Fit
fitness goals
Full Figure
Full Figure Bras
Full Figure Fashion
full figure sports bra
Full Figure Stars
Full Figured Celebrities
Full Figured Fashion
Gift Ideas
girls HBO
Girls tv show
gynecological cancer
hair care
hair care tips
Hayley hasselhoff
health benefits of eggs
healthy diet
healthy habits
healthy hair
healthy hair tips
healthy pregnancy diet
heart disease
Heart Health
heart healthy diet
how to deal with stress
how to get healthy hair
how to measure bra size
how to measure for a bra
how to measure your bra size
how to relieve stress
how to save money
In the Media
inspiring confidence
Leading ladies
Leading Ladies We Love
leading lady
Leading Lady 514
Leading Lady bras
Leisure Bras
Lena Dunham
Life Goals
Lisa Cole
London fashion week
mental health
mental wellness
money saving tips
Mother's Day
national ovarian cancer coalition
national womens history month
New Years Resolutions
non padded bras
Online Shopping
ovarian cancer
padded bras
personal finance
personal finance tips
Plus Size Bras
plus size clothing
Plus Size Fashion
plus size fashion week
Plus Size Lingerie
Plus Size Mannequin
plus size modeling
Plus Size Models
Plus Size Printed Leggings
plus size wedding dresses
Plus-Sized Fashion
positive thinking
pregnancy diet
protein in eggs
push up bra
Racer Back
racer back sports bra
racerback bra
Retro Style
Robyn Lawley
rule of five
running music
running playlist
Saturday Night Live
saving money
Seamless Bra
Sexy bra
Sexy Bras
Sexy lace bra
Sexy Lingerie
Sexy Plus Size Bras
sexy shoes
signs of skin cancer
skin cancer
skin cancer signs
skin cancer symptoms
Skin care tips
Smaller Waist
Specialty Bra Sizes
speed up metabolism
spicy food
spicy foods
sport bra
Sport Bras
sports bra
Sports Bras
spring 2014 fashion trends
spring cleaning
spring colors
spring fashion
Stress Management
stress relief
symptoms of anxiety
title 9
title ix
title nine
Trendy Plus Size Clothes
trendy plus size fashion
ultraviolet light
uv light
Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day ideas
Volunteering on Thanksgiving
ways to save money
wedding dress
wedding dresses
weight loss
whitney Thompson
Women's History Month
workout music
workout playlist
workout playlists
workout routines
workout songs
Zac Posen