If you shop online a lot, you know that it can save time, money, and gas.

It’s especially convenient if you have young children.

With so many stores featuring the same deals online as in the store, it’s worth shopping online.

Here are 5 ways you can save money while shopping online.

1. Subscribe to your favorite retailer’s emails.

Retailers often announce new sales and products via email. You can even get exclusive subscriber only coupons. Even with the popularity of social media, emails are still the #1 way to stay up to date.

2. Compare several sites.

Before I buy something, I always research at least 3 different sites. This is especially true when that item is available on multiple sites like Amazon, Kohl’s, Walmart, etc. It helps me figure out which place has the best deal.

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3. Use coupon codes.

There are a ton of coupon codes floating around and you should always use one, if available.

4. Figure out if free shipping is worth it.

Free shipping can be tricky sometimes. Weigh out whether or not it’s worth it to buy extra items to make your order eligible for free shipping. If you can get free shipping on $50 or more but you only want to buy $20 worth of stuff, would you mind paying the shipping fee vs. adding $30 more into your cart?

Sometimes the shipping fee is $5 or less. If that’s the case, sometimes I don’t add more items to my cart. After all, online shopping is about saving money not spending $30 more to save $5.

5. Look for rebates.

Occasionally, products like kitchen electrics will have rebates. This is not too common but it’s worth looking out for, especially if you’re buying a big ticket item. I recently bought a stand mixer that had a $30 rebate on top of 20% off. It made the mixer $100 off!

Just remember to hold on to the receipt and box for the UPC code that might be required for the rebate.

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