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With back-to-school season right around the corner, it’s time to get serious about shopping. Between stocking up on living essentials, textbooks, new clothes, and supplies, this time of year can get busy and costly real quick. But even if you’re not shopping for college (maybe you’ve just been itching for a wardrobe refresh?), you can save some serious time and money with the shopping hacks below.
Find the latest promo codes through websites and browser extensions.
While you might typically find promo codes on emails from your favorite retailers, they don’t always pop up in your inbox exactly when you need them. That doesn’t mean you have to go through online checkout without using one. Search through websites like RetailMeNot, or download a browser extension like Honey, to find all the latest promo codes for the sites you’re shopping.
Shop with a checklist.
Do you ever step into a store with a specific purchase in mind, only to leave with a cart full of things you never intended on buying (and none of the items you actually needed)? Oops. Staying on track is especially crucial during heftier hauls like college shopping. Making a list might seem like an extra step, but it’ll save you time in the long run as you’ll know exactly which items to hunt for. Plus, it’ll help prevent those pricey impulse purchases!
Use advanced ordering for move-in day.
Speaking of college shopping, it usually means stuffing all of your new home essentials into the car…then lugging them into your house…then packing the car again on move-in day…then finally towing them into your new dorm or apartment. We’re sweating just thinking about that.
An advanced ordering option like College Pickup lets you shop for your dorm or apartment essentials now, then pick them up at a later date closer to campus (and you’ll get 15% off your order!). Lighter travel, extra savings, and much less stress.
Download retailer apps.
If you know you’re about to do a big shopping haul, it’s worth downloading the store’s app. This can potentially unlock exclusive deals and discounts you wouldn’t have seen otherwise—even for in-store shopping.
Look for “restock” options.
Time is money, as they always say. More and more stores are offering “restock” options so that you’re not wasting any precious time running errands. Whether it’s beauty products, food, or household essentials, you can get these items shipped right to your door (and at lightning speeds!) whenever you’re running low. Oh, and if you’d prefer your essentials to be automatically delivered on a regular schedule, you can look out for a subscription option instead!
Browse the site-listed deals before clicking “place order.”
A lot of retail websites feature a section exclusively for promotions and deals. You can’t ignore this! That item in your cart might be available in a similar brand or style for a discounted price, so definitely check out this section before hitting “place order.”
Do you have your own shopping hacks you swear by? Share them in the comments below.