What the Tech: Money saving secrets
The internet has changed the way people shop. We’re spending millions of dollars every year at Amazon, Walmart, Zappos, and thousands of other online retailers.
If you are an online shopaholic, there are ways to save some of that money you’re spending.
Download the app rather than shopping from the web browser. Many companies will offer special deals to app users. For instance, if you buy shoes at Zappos online, you’ll get free standard shipping, but you’ll pay $25 to have your order shipped in one day. But if you order using the Zappos app, you’ll get one day shipping for free.
If you shop at Amazon, before you pull the trigger check out the website camelcamelcamel.com. This site will give you a price history of the items. Simply enter the Amazon item’s web address or search for it.
Shopkick rewards you for shopping at some stores. Simply turn on bluetooth and enable location services. You get "kicks" for visiting the stores and kicks for scanning bar codes on items in stores, even without buying them. You can redeem those points for discounts.
If you’re the type who has trouble with impulsive buys, put all of the shopping apps on your phone in a secret folder. Even name it something else. Then, when the urge to splurge hits, you’ll have to go searching for the apps. Those few extra seconds may help you reconsider.