Sunday, May 2, 2010

Online Shopping Tip: Sometimes Buying More Saves You Money

 I know many people shop with the thought that you should only buy what you were looking for in the first place because it will keep you from spending too much.  I, on the hand, have found that sometimes it actually SAVES MONEY to buy more.   A purchase I made today is a perfect example:

After seeing a commercial for the Bissell Little Green, I decided to check out the product.   After reading reviews on several sites and checking prices, I found the ProHeat for only $89.99 at Macys.com.  I used a code for up to 25% off (expires 5/3) from Ebates.  Below is the cart summary with just the Bissell Little Green ProHeat:


ItemPriceQty.Total
Bissell 14259 Carpet Cleaner, Little Green ProHeat
Direct from vendor: usually ships within 5 business days
$89.99
$89.99
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Merchandise Total: $99.99
Shipping Charges: $14.95
Friends & Family - Enjoy 10% off! : -$9.00
Estimated Taxes: $5.40
 Total: $101.34 












 I absolutely HATE paying shipping, so I was excited to see that the code I used also includes FREE shipping.  One problem -- my total needed to be $99 after discounts in order to get the free shipping.  After searching the sale items, I found men's polo shirts for $12.99.  Hubby can always use a new polo, so I added one to my cart.   Look at the final total now:

ItemPriceQty.Total
Bissell 14259 Carpet Cleaner, Little Green ProHeat
Direct from vendor: usually ships within 5 business days
$89.99
$89.99
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John Ashford Shirt, St. Martin Striped Polo Shirt
Color: RED WINE, Size: L
In Stock: usually ships within 3 business days
$12.99
$12.99
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Merchandise Total:  $102.98
Shipping Charges: $ 14.95
Friends & Family - Enjoy free shipping on your purchase of $99 or more! -$ 14.95
Friends & Family - Enjoy 10% off! : -$ 9.00
Friends & Family - Enjoy 25% off! : -$ 3.25
Estimated Taxes: $6.18
 Total:  $96.91

















My total is actually LOWER after adding the polo shirt!!   Taking my time and playing around with my purchase definitely saved me money!  And since I went through Ebates, I earned 6% back!

This strategy may not always work, but it never hurts to try it.  I always take my time when making online purchases because I want to get the best deal possible.  Not only do I look for codes, I check the three cashback sites to see which one will give me more money back.  I have saved SO much money since I started shopping online, so I definitely think the time involved is worth it.

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