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(Stacker) – Online shopping is entrenched in everyday life, especially with the increasing ease of making purchases with a single click.

To make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck, Giving Assistant has compiled five recommendations that can help shoppers save money before making any online purchases. These tips have been curated with in-depth research using sources from across the web.

Nearly 215 million Americans — approximately 77% of the US population — are shopping online as of June 2022, and eMarkerter predicts that number will surpass 230 million by 2026.

The US Census Bureau estimates that retail e-commerce sales in the United States reached $250 billion in the first quarter of 2022. This is 2.4% more than in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Not only does e-commerce sales account for 14.3% of the total US retail market, consumer spending on e-commerce in the US is expected to reach $1 trillion in 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic also caused a surge in online shopping as people stayed at home and out of stores. Stay-at-home orders and the general fear of in-person shopping fueled massive e-commerce growth that exceeded forecasts within the industry.

Given the amount of money shoppers spend online, finding the best deals is just as important. Read on to discover five great tips for saving money when shopping online.

1. Browse different websites

As simple as it sounds, comparing the prices of products can save buyers a lot of money. By comparing the same product on different websites, you will most likely find it cheaper in certain online stores. To start price comparison, manufacturers’ websites can suggest retailers and visiting individual shop websites where an item is sold will work.

2. Use incognito mode

Cookies and browsing history may affect dynamic pricing. This is probably one of the most overlooked factors affecting product prices for online shoppers.

Geographic segmentation is a marketing tactic that influences prices based on a buyer’s location. Pricing is not the same worldwide. This affects the prices of several online products, even airline tickets. Using incognito mode or a virtual private network means websites don’t have access to cookies or a shopper’s browsing history, thereby securing online transactions and saving a shopper money.

3. Sign up for coupons with different email addresses

Using coupons is a no-brainer when it comes to saving. However, signing up for coupons using different Gmail addresses is an often overlooked tactic.

For simplicity, consider using the “+” “.” Hack to use the same email address multiple times when getting coupons. For example, if your email is onlineshopper@gmail.com, you can just type onlineshopper+mailinglists@gmail.com. This gives you more control over your inbox and allows you to filter recipients more easily. Don’t have a Gmail account? Check with your provider for a similar feature.

4. Wait for sales by subscribing to mailing lists

Visit any number of retailer websites to browse or shop and no doubt they will ask you to provide your email address for instant savings. Provide the address, check your inbox and apply these savings to your first purchase.

Subsequent emails from these companies will alert you to offers and sales for everyday and special occasions. Online shoppers learn about the latest and greatest products through these promotional emails.

5. Participate in loyalty reward programs

According to The Forrester Wave: Loyalty Service Providers, as of Q3 2021, 86 percent of online shoppers in the United States were members of at least one loyalty rewards program. A loyalty rewards program keeps customers coming back to businesses to earn their rewards. It’s a win-win situation.

It makes sense to have bonuses that are easy to manage and that are offered beyond pure purchases – for example birthday or anniversary bonuses. Some of the highly rated programs come from retailers like Nike, Starbucks, Lowe’s, and Ulta Beauty to name a few.

This story originally appeared on Giving Assistant and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio.

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