August 17, 2022

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Five shopping hacks to save money and get best deals from industry insider

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Walking into a store to find that the items you want to buy are discounted or discovering a surprise sale is the sign of a worthwhile shopping experience for most.

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Whether you are an online regular or loyal to the high street, retail expert and industry insider, Deirdre McGettrick, reveals her top tips to get the best deals from shopping trips.

Shopping during the right time means you are more likely to encounter a sale

Follow brands on social media for the latest sales

Most online retail brands are really active on social media.

Sometimes they release information about special offers and promotions to their followers on social media first before they do it elsewhere.

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Shop on the correct days

Online retailers roll out some of their best deals on Wednesday through Friday according to studies, so waiting to do your shopping during this period can be a great money-saving hack.

Follow influencers and bloggers for discount codes

Sometimes brands give bloggers and influencers their own unique discount codes to share with their fans, which you wouldn’t usually find on websites, so it’s worth following their accounts to see if you can spot any saving opportunities.

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Shop using incognito mode

Online sites often use cookies to track your online activity.

They can then use this information to set up dynamic prices for you, meaning that you might be shown a higher price for the same item than a person visiting a retail site for the first time.

To prevent this, do your online shopping in ‘incognito’ mode on your browser so they can’t track your browsing.

Alternatively, clear your cache and cookies every time you search for an item online.

Note the free shipping threshold

Some online retailers will offer free shipping if you buy items above a certain threshold.

If you realise that you are close to the free shipping threshold, spending a little more on products so that you just about qualify for the savings might end up reducing your overall bill.

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