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Five ways to bag a bargain online

Who doesn’t love the feeling they’ve bagged a bargain? Luckily, these days there are plenty of places online dedicated to helping you save a dollar or two on everything from dishwashing detergent to bungee jumping. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1) Cheaper grocery bills

Over the past few years several online grocery outlets have cropped up to give the major chains a run for their money.

Websites like OffYourTrolley and GroceryRun have massive discounts on packaged items, household necessities and toiletries – though you’ll still need to source your own perishables.

If you prefer doing your shopping in person, make sure to check if your local shopping haunt has their own mobile app. Certain larger grocery and department chains have targeted their customer base by creating comprehensive apps to help you find right specials and, in some cases, tell you which items are cheapest at the time.

2) Cut clothes costs

It’s natural to feel a little guilty using online websites to shop cheaper while the Australian retail industry is suffering – but aren’t we all?

If you can keep from burning a hole in your pocket by comparing prices online, you might as well. Get a barcode scanning app on your smartphone such as Red Laser and use it to find the same item of clothing online for a fraction of the cost.

There are also plenty of online shopping websites selling cheap designer brands with reduced or no shipping fees such as ASOS, which stocks both men’s and women’s clothes

3) Find a holiday bargain

We need a holiday now and then to keep us sane, so websites like Wotif, Lastminute.com and Expedia source cheap flights, accommodation and experiences to keep your trips affordable.

Doing your holiday homework online won’t just find you the best deals, it’ll also prevent your hard earned savings from landing in the pocket of your travel agent when they add their commission costs.

4) Socialise for less

Your social life is usually the first to take a hit when your disposable cash is running low. But if you could, say, buy a couple of movie tickets for $10 instead of $40 you’d be able to swing a few more outings into your weekly wage.

Check out online sites like LivingSocial and Scoopon which strive to find the best deals on wining and dining, entertainment and other fun things to do. They also encourage you to explore options within your own city so you might just decide to spend your next holiday at home.

5) Save on everything else

Group buying websites have been rising in popularity recently and it’s not hard to see why. You can save a great deal of money on a variety of different things by signing up to alerts from places like CatchOfTheDay, Groupon and Spreets.

These online deal mongers source discounts from all corners of the country and the best part is you can usually score yourself free stuff or rebates by encouraging your friends to cash in on the same deal.

Make sure you don’t get carried away though. If you don’t stick to the necessities you could end up wasting money on things you don’t need like clothes steamers, photographic mugs and milkshake makers; so choose your discounts wisely.

Saving money doesn’t need to be difficult; especially if you know the right places to shop. If you’ve got any tips on bagging a bargain online, tell us in the comments section below.

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2 comments

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  2. Anthony says:

    None of the websites here are great for shopping (except possibly the clothing ones as I am not familiar with them). All of the other sites advertise highly inflated RRP’s and sell at the “Our price” which usually is still higher than the ebay price by a longshot.

    If you want cheap deals, use http://www.ozbargain.com.au It is a user based bargain site where people vote on deals that are posted all around the country.

    For cheap flights, use adioso.com

    Savings are not always what they seem.

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