How to get the best deal online

Save money and time too!

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From the December 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Become an Internet deals expert with these insider tips and let the bargain hunting begin!

Mark your target

Figure out what you want to buy before bargain hunting to avoid buyer’s remorse should you get trigger happy at the first sight of a “flash sale.” But factor in shipping time. While online retailers have gotten faster at holiday deliveries, it’s always best to shop early. This year’s peak delivery date will be Dec. 22, says UPS.

Get friendly

“Like” relevant retailers on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and sign up for their newsletters. That way you’ll be the first to know there’s a sale and won’t miss out on any members’ only discounts. You can always unsubscribe after the holidays.

Size up the competition

Use sites like Shopbot.ca and PriceGrabber.ca to compare prices at various retailers. Track price drops for products on Amazon via CamelCamelCamel.com—notifications can alert you when a product hits your desired price. Cyber Monday (Dec. 1) is your best bet for markdowns.

Clip virtual coupons

Promo code sites such as RetailMeNot.ca and YesSaving.ca are great places to browse for online coupon codes that discount prices or provide free shipping. Some online retailers will even let you stack coupon codes.

Get paid to shop

Once you’ve found the deal you’re looking for, make the purchase through cash-back sites such as Ebates.ca to get an additional 2% to 10% discount from major retailers including Chapters-Indigo, Hudson’s Bay, Sephora and Sport Chek.

Right price, right card

Now that you’ve got the finest deal in your crosshairs, be sure to use the right credit card to score some additional perks. If you’ve got a loyalty charge card for the retailer you’re shopping with, use that; otherwise, reach for your favourite cash-back or travel rewards card. After all, the holidays are about treating yourself too!
 

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