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There was a time not so long ago where the best offers you could imagine where BOGOF sales on the high street or discounts found in charity shops. Now, even those seem expensive in comparison to the wonderful world of online offers. No matter what it is you’d like to buy, try or play, chances are there are dozens of offers on it. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, even the offers themselves can be improved upon if you just know where to look. Here, we’ll be looking at how you can make the most of online offers, including the ones that you thought couldn’t get any better!
Before we get into all that though, we think it’s important to point out that not all online websites, merchants and platforms have your best interests at heart. The individuals behind these dodgy sites know that many of us are on the hunt for a great bargain, and so set themselves up to look like they’re peddling the best offers in history. What’s even more clever is that they often pay people to leave five-star reviews on their site, so they look even more convincing. Unfortunately, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
To ensure you stay safe, we recommend always reading the fine print and checking with trusted sites such as Which? and Trustpilot, as these will tell you whether a site is for real or fake. As for online gaming, always ensure that your casino of choice has all of the necessary operating licenses and belongs to a reputable brand before committing and remember to never give your details to a site that does not have the padlock featured near their URL.
Now that we’ve got all the safety precautions out of the way, let’s take a look at how you can make the most of online offers.
If there were a set of laws drafted about how to get great online offers, the very first rule would be: “thou shall check for codes”. Anyone who wants to save money online knows how to get a hold of voucher and discount codes, but it can sometimes be tricky. After all, many sites tend to keep codes that have already expired or aren’t applicable in your area up, which can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are ways around this.
Right now, there are two free browser extensions that everyone who loves a bargain is installing. Pouch and Honey are created by separate companies, but both pretty much do the same thing. When you reach checkout, simply tap the icon for either of these extensions and they’ll automatically go through the web looking for voucher and discounts codes. No more manually searching for hours on end, those days are finally over. Pouch is available for download here, while Honey can be downloaded from this website.
While simply finding and applying discount codes has been made easy, it’s still a good idea to go searching for some offers yourself. This is especially true if you’re doing a little more than simply buying clothes or smaller products online. Whether you’re looking to join an online casino or you want to purchase a car, it’s important to spend a little extra time searching for the best offers.
So, where do you start? We recommend searching for comparison sites that will do a good chunk of the research for you. If you’re looking to purchase goods then Beat My Deal is a great place to start, as they not only find the best online prices but can also occasionally find extras including better delivery charges or warranty guarantees. As for online gaming, Oddschecker is a reputable and trusted site that lists welcome packages and promotions from online casinos, sportsbooks and bingo sites. By going through Oddschecker, you ensure you’re starting off your gaming experience on the best foot.
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Another quick way to make the most of your offer is by checking whether the site you’re using offers cashback. Like comparison sites, there are all sorts of different platforms to try depending on what you’re looking for, but the most popular sites tend to be TopCashback and Quidco. There are hundreds of online retailers and service providers that work with these sites to offer a certain percentage of whatever you spend back to you, and all you have to do is use the tracked link to get it. Like Pouch and Honey, TopCashback and Quidco both have browser extensions that you can install, which makes it easier than ever to make sure you’ll be awarded cashback.
We’ve covered quite a few sites and browser extensions that will help you make the most of online offers, but there are a few methods you can use to make sure you’re finding the best bargains. For instance, you should always check whether a site has those extra techy features such as live chat or photo search.
With the former, you can occasionally strike a great deal by battering with a real-life human being. Online customer support staff are there to help you, so don’t feel bad for haggling if you think you deserve a better offer on a product. Of course, this will also work if you’re looking for online games as the staff will hopefully direct you towards exactly what you’re looking for and you can then talk offers. As for photo search, this comes in handy on sites like eBay when you’re trying to find something specific. Simply upload a photo of what you’re trying to buy, and the search results will round up all the best bargains for similar products.
Another great way to ensure you’re up to date on all the offers is by following your favorite brands and platforms on social media. Not only will you be able to see all offers as soon as they’re announced by following brands on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere, but you’ll also be able to get in contact with them. It’s sort of like signing up for newsletters and emails, but chances are you’ll notice any announcements faster and you’ll also be able to reply.
By applying these crafty methods, we hope that you have an easier time making the most out of any and all online offers that come your way. The best part about these tactics is that most actually don’t require too much more of your time once you’ve installed the browser extensions or bookmarked the page, so you can keep bagging those bargains and bonuses without losing out on time or money!
Looking After Your Pennies is an eco-friendly personal finance blog written and managed by Charlotte Jessop.
I write on a variety of topics including frugal lifestyle, eco-friendly living, money making ideas and generally how to make your money go further.