Making Online Shopping as Cheap as Possible

If you are like me then you much rather prefer shopping and finding great deals online over spending a lot of time in store. Online shopping can save you A LOT money if you do it right. Thats why I want to share with you tips for online shipping I use to save the most amount of money.

Lets start with a few ways that you can cheat the system and save money

Clear your browser history:

Most sites give you an option to put in your email address for around a 20 percent discount if it is your first time visiting the site. Clearing your history allows this offer to pop up as many times as you want it to, however be weary because SOME websites will let you use the same email and some websites require a new one each time! However, if it is a website that requires a different email each time you can usually work around this by unsubscribing from the email list. You can also just unsubscribe from the email list either way after you get the discount, which helps keep your inbox uncluttered.

Sign up for VIP Memberships and then CANCEL: 

A huge way I save money when I buy workout clothes or shoes is by becoming a VIP member for places like Fabletics, Shoedazzle, and Justfab. VIP members usually always get a discount on these sites, however I never keep my membership. This is a major major way to cheat the system and save hundreds of dollars depending on what you buy. When you set up a VIP account (you can use the same email more than once) they ALWAYS have a deal for first time VIP purchases such as 2 for 24 leggings or getting your first pair of shoes for only ten dollars.  I have gotten three pairs of shoes for 30 dollars before and I have gotten 8 pieces of workout clothing for a little over 100 dollars just by using this method. I generally wait till the order comes but when it comes I go ahead and cancel the membership. Be sure you REMEMBER TO CANCEL because if you do not then on the 6th of the month you will get charged 49 dollars. If you don’t want to make a new account each time and you want to remain a VIP member and get the savings you can skip getting charged that month by choosing “Skip this month” in the boutique.

If that fails or if you want an even bigger discount lets look at these possibilities. 

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Check for websites with discount codes or apps that give you deals: 

There are plenty of websites and apps that will search the web for discount codes. They usually find discount codes that previous users have used and had success with. In addition a lot of sites will let you know the last time that it worked for someone who used it. Here is a list of websites and apps that will help you find the best deal and I also included second-hand retail sites for those who don’t mind buying second-hand.

Websites

  • Retailmenot.com
  • Groupon.com
  • Freeshipping.org
  • Ebates.com
  • Coupon Cabin

Apps

  • Honey: This app doesn’t come out till Feb 2019 but I have the download on my laptop and it is super cool because the plug in will show up at the coupons section of check out and it will automatically run the discount codes right there on the site and let you know if you are getting the best deals.
  • Slick deals
  • Ibotta

Some apps that you can buy second hand clothing are

  • Poshmark
  • thredUP

There are many more apps that you can buy and sell second-hand clothing at but these were the two I found that were the highest rated. I don’t use these apps as I just prefer to buy new but for anyone who doesn’t mind wearing second-hand clothes this can be a great way to buy cute clothes at a fraction of the price.

Check the clearance or sale section EVEN ONLINE:

More times than not I have gotten a bunch of cute clothes in bulk for under 100 dollars just by using this trick. For example, lets take one of my favorite places to shop (beside Tj Maxx of course) Charlotte Russe. I like them because they have cute reasonably priced clothing, their jeans fit me really well, and overall the quality if pretty good! It is more common than it is uncommon for sites to have an online sale going on. If you go to the sale section you often find sweaters for 10-15, shoes for 20 and up, jeans buy one get one fifty percent off. However, my favorite thing is going through the clearance section. I am not the type of person who has to have the fashion that is in THAT season, I wear what is cute and what makes me feel good. What I do is sort the price lowest to highest and go through and find what I like. It is a little time consuming but it is worth it for the cash that you save.

Do they have an affiliate program:.

A lot of places like meal prep companies, supplement companies, clothing companies, etc have affiliate programs, athletes, or sponsors. Check out the company on Instagram and see if they have affiliate programs. If they do you can usually find someone with a discount code in the tagged photos section. This helps both you and them because you get a discount and they get someone using their code.

Check Amazon for a cheaper but similar alternative

Doing this over the years has saved me a lot of money on clothes, products, books, and just random things. The key to shopping on amazon is reading the reviews. You want to read the reviews on not only the seller but the products as well. I am more trusting of reviews with photos of the product attached to them. I will also read the highest rated reviews and the lowest rated reviews. You have to look for patterns in the reviews, for example if there are a lot of negative reviews saying the same thing about the product but by different people I generally steer clear of that product. Again, this is time consuming but will save you money in the long run.

I HATE paying full price for things I can find for cheaper so I hope these tips will help you save money on your online shopping endeavors.

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My TJ Maxx $100 dollar haul and my six tips to saving money at TJ MAXX

Okay guys, so here is really my first “lifestyle” post on the blog. I intend to talk about mental health, my opinions on things, and deeper topics but I also want to make more posts like the following so hopefully you can enjoy this!

If you are NOT a YouTube watcher then I wanted to put this here for you on blog form. If you ARE but you missed my YouTube video on this topic then here it is.

So if you want to see my full haul watch the first half of this video! If you just want the tips then read on.

Whenever  I go to TJ Maxx and come out successful people always say 1 or 2 things. Either “I can never find anything there” or “I end up not saving because I buy everything”. While I can definitely relate it really isn’t too hard. The following are my tips for staying under $100 dollars, or just on a budget in general, at TJ Maxx.

Tip 1: The oh so cliche “have time”:

As corny and simple as it may sound its true. You can’t walk in and out of TJ Maxx like you would a grocery store or even as quick as you would a normal store. A normal store has mass amounts of clothes neatly on display versus just jumbled on racks. In TJ Maxx you quite literally have to sort through all the crap, find what isn’t crap, repeat on the next rack, and then the next section. Doing this along with my 5 other steps take up your time. If I am looking for 1-2 items in TJ Maxx I am there for a minimum of 30 minutes at the LEAST. So make sure you are doing it on a day off work or a day you at least don’t have a million different things to do. For me the time spent looking balances out with saving the money, but I also look for bargains on EVERYTHING.

Tip 2: Try to keep your items under $14.00:

Listen, if you aren’t on a budget or if you really want something then get it. However, if you are on a budget avoid the higher priced items at TJ Maxx. If you spend the time searching through the racks you can find SO MANY cute items from 7-12 dollars and choosing these items allows you to get more for your budget. Lets look at simple math here you can get anywhere from 8-14 items for 100 dollars if you are choosing all 12 dollar or 7 dollar items. For me, that is more exciting and a better deal because I KNOW there are things I can find that I like in that price range. If you are thinking that you cannot find something you like within that price range then you truly need to pay attention to the next tip.

Tip 3: Look for items that look the same: 

This next tip is probably why you should have time. When you go to TJ Maxx you may find a item that you like that is upwards of 16-20 dollars. What I want you to do is look for something that looks JUST LIKE IT. 90 percent of the time prices rise at Tj Maxx because it is a designer piece. If you are looking at a brand like Calvin Klein, Jessica Simpson, etc then it automatically knocks up the price. If you search enough you can honestly find a piece that looks just like it for cheaper. I mean how many times have you gone into TJ Maxx and been faced with endless options of black jeans, denim tops, colored workout pants, striped shirts, floral prints, etc? It happens pretty often, right? So find what styles you think are cute then search around and price compare them. Find which one you like best with in the 7-12 dollar budget (and if you find something you like for lower always go for it).  Yes it is a time consuming process but it is a money saving process. There is no need to be paying inflated prices for a label.

Tip 4: Know where to look: 

While Tj Maxx mainly consists of racks and not a whole ton of displays they WILL display their best and most pricey items. Where can you usually find these items? In the front, where everyone walks in, of course. Is that the only place? No, TJ Maxx (Homegoods, Marshalls, etc) are usually giant squares of a store with quadrants of product. So coating the sides of the “quadrants” are going to be racks and displays of their more expensive items. This is just to give it a nicer, more high-fashion, and respectable look. Walk right past those and into the abyss of where everything is jumbled together because I GUARANTEE you the deeper in you get the cheaper that it gets. TJ Maxx clearance sections are almost always at the back of the store and not near the front so cheaper items tend to be located near the back of the store. So,if you can, avoid the front and sides of the sections you are looking at and get deep into the middle to find the best deal.

Tip 5 Avoid “Contemporary” or “Career” 

These fancy names mean fancy prices. Most of these sections are filled with the DESIGNER clothes at Tj Maxx, which we have already established are naturally a crap-ton more. Of course, their career and contemporary section for actual career clothes is cheaper than going to a more expensive retail store but its not logical if you are just looking for normal clothes. A lot of the career Tj Maxx clothes you would never catch me wearing outside the office (not because its not cute but because my office style and my personal style are just different) so it makes ZERO sense for me to even look there. However, once again you definitely can find those styles repeated elsewhere in the store. If you are buying a more heavier piece like a jacket, a nice dress, or a suit you more than likely are going to spend more. I mean you aren’t going to get a nice dress jacket for 7 dollars unless its on clearance. So there are some limitations to what I am saying and instances where you may have to visit these sections. However, for the most part you should be able to avoid having to visit that section and can stay well on your budget.

Tip 6: Check the FINAL clearance section: 

Do you like products at a discount? Obviously, if you are shopping at Tj Maxx. It is pretty cool when Tj Maxx discounts their items even more and puts it on clearance, right? I mean its discounted discount stuff. Want to know whats the absolute best? When them put items on FINAL clearance. That means you are looking at items that have been discounted 3x. In this video I show a few items I got in the final clearance section at anywhere from 3 to 8 dollars. Usually final clearance is right at the back of the store and it is not limited to clothes. I have seen Steve Madden shoes on final clearance for $8.00. It is absolutely insane. The only drawback on this is if you are very into seasonal fashion you may be a little limited in what you find but I do believe that you can still find some good options there regardless! Final clearance is definitely the BEST way to stay on budget and find insane deals while shopping at TJ Maxx.

There you have it: 

It is quite simple to apply these easy tips and save the max (no pun intended) amount of money at Tj Maxx. I hope when you walk into Tj Maxx that you save some major dough thanks to these tips. If you want to tag my in your Tj Maxx hauls my Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube is down below. I will probably be doing some product reviews in the coming week so please stay tuned!