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How to Get the Best Online Discounts

Posted on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 2:26 pm
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Don’t miss out on the very best deals! There is nothing worse than completing an order with a 25 percent discount only to find out that someone else saved an extra 30 percent on the same thing! While there are plenty of store incentives to get you to buy, there are also plenty of marketing tricks, too.

To save money, you want to make sure that you get the very best promotions and avoid getting tricks by the deals that are just mediocre.

Be a New Customer Every Time

If you want to get the best deals, you’ll have to be a new customer who has never shopped at that particular store. They want to turn someone who is just browsing into someone who is a loyal customer.

Retail stores know that there is no better way to get you to turn from a customer who is just browsing to one who is buying than by offering you a great discount. From then on, they are hoping, you will see the store as one that has great value.

In order to be treated like a new customer, you will have to take a couple of different steps.

The first is to clear all of the cookies in your browser. These little programs tell an online store information about you, including whether or not you have shopped there before. Don’t be surprised to see lower prices on hot items or be offered deeper discounts once you clear your browser.

Another thing you should do is avoid creating an account with a store. Instead, sign in as a guest. While guest shopping isn’t as convenient (no instant check out), it can earn you better deals.

Research and Compare

One store may offer several different deals. While a 15 percent off coupon code may be nice, a 30 percent off coupon code would be even better. FreeCoupons.com posts all of the codes available that we find for a particular store, so you can see this for yourself.

It is important to research the deals for all of the offers, so you can find the deepest discount. Once you find some discounts calculate and compare to choose your discount wisely.

For example, free shipping seems like a great deal, but you might pay less if you use a percentage off code instead. Of course, the ideal situation is to be able to stack coupon codes or discounts to maximize your deal. This isn’t always possible, and more often than not, you’ll have to choose your best deal.

Some discounts don’t kick in until you hit a certain dollar amount. Be wary of these deals, or you may find yourself overspending in order to qualify for the discount or promotion. Is the lovely free tote bag really worth spending an extra $40?

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll no longer miss out on the best deals and discounts.

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