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Gone are the days when you had to drive down to the mall just to buy a shirt or two. These days, the internet has made it possible for people to transact online and have their purchases delivered straight to their doorstep. Yes, online shopping can be loads of fun. But getting too click-happy when browsing for products on the internet can put a serious dent on your wallet. Make sure every purchase counts by honing your skills and learning how to become an online shopping pro with these three tips:1

  1. Know Your Shipping Options – If you’re in the US, buying from major retailers and brands can be a breeze because most of them are based in the country. But if you shop online in Singapore for example and fall in love with a product that ships from the US, the costs of having it delivered to your door might amount to more than the product you’re buying. Look for websites that offer free shipping or shop from those that cater specifically to your country. But if you really want to buy that product from abroad, you can find a middleman to help bring down the expense. These services will have your items shipped to their address in the US and they will send the products to you from their office for a lower cost.2
  2. Use a Dedicated Email Address – When websites ask for your email address so they can add you to their mailing list, it’s possible that you decline more often than not. Many of us don’t want our email inboxes bombarded with newsletters. But if you’re an avid online shopper, those emails could contain serious discounts that can help reduce what you pay for next time. If you don’t want your email address to overflow with emails, use a dedicated one for signing up for newsletters. This should help keep your online shopping info neatly sorted out of your personal emails.3
  3. Prowl the Internet for Discounts – It’s a common marketing strategy among brands and retailers to put out special coupons that reduce costs across their different internet platforms. This encourages buyers to subscribe, follow, and share information about them to increase their prominence across the web. Before you make that purchase, visit the brand’s social media profiles, websites, and download the app. You’re bound to find some discount offers that are unique for those who give a like or a follow.

Say goodbye to buyer’s remorse and make only the best purchases even if you’re doing it from the comfort of your home. These three tips should improve your online buying prowess to help you make the most of your money.