Online shopping is awesome for a lot of reasons. Not only does it give you the opportunity to find the best prices for whatever items you're in the market for, you also get your stuff delivered straight to your doorstep (if you can stand the wait).
However, with all the advantages shopping on the web has to offer, it might seem like you're getting the best deal when there's actually more money to be saved. So the next time you sit down for an online shopping excursion, spare yourself any unnecessary spending and avoid these costly mistakes you might be making without thinking.
1. Not hunting for coupon codes
Don't let that impressive sales price fool you, the web is brimming with coupon codes that are likely to knock down your total even more. Websites such as RetailMeNot and browser extensions like Honey (which Design Editor Arlyn Hernandez swears by to get the best deal) sift through thousands of online coupon codes at the press of a button to ensure you don't miss out on any money saving opportunities before purchasing.
2 . Not comparing prices
Another easy way to miss out on saving money while shopping online is to not check competitor's prices before purchasing. Apps and websites such as Google Shopping and PriceGrabber are designed specifically to scan the web for the best deals on any product URL you enter—so you won't have to worry about finding a better deal from a different retailer. Doing this alone could save you hundreds as retailers often have incredibly varying prices across the net.
3. Not verifying that reviews are authentic
Although online product reviews are supposed to be honest and transparent, the rise of compensated reviews—aka fake reviews used to bolster product ratings and purchases—is making it harder to separate genuine ones from the counterfeit. Before you buy anything based solely on reviews, do yourself a favor and run the URL through a site like Fakespot or ReviewMeta to ensure the authenticity of the product's reviews.
4. Not checking for price changes
If you're a regular Amazon shopper, you know the site's pricing fluctuates significantly from day-to-day. Thankfully, we have CamelCamelCamel, a site devoted solely to monitoring Amazon's frequent price changes, to help make sure you are scoring the best deal the site has to offer. If there's something you want but don't need immediately, just set an alert and the site will track and let you know when the price drops. It's like free money!
5. Not looking at the dimensions of something before buying it
This one might seem like a no-brainer but you'd be surprised how often this detail is overlooked. Double checking how big (or small) an item is will eliminate any surprises come delivery day (especially with furniture) and any costs you would incur from returning it. Grab the nearest tape measurer and make sure whatever you're about to purchase will either fit in your home, or is as large as you've made it out to be in your mind.
Tell us: What other genius tips do you have to make sure you're getting the best deal (or avoiding buyers remorse) when shopping online?