Everyone has their favourite shops, whether it is buying clothes from Boohoo.com, gadgets from Firebox.com or books from Amazon.co.uk. Even though it may be cheaper for you to buy the same item from elsewhere, a lot of the time it is just easier and more convenient to buy it from a site that you know and trust, rather than using a new site. This doesn’t mean that you cannot try to squeeze a bit of a saving though. In fact, there are several things you can do to get discounts and special offers rather than shopping elsewhere.
Sign Up To Promotional Emails
It mind sound quite obvious, but buying giving the website permission to send you marketing emails they will be able to send you exclusive discounts and special offers that other shoppers will not get. Many retailers will actually give you a special single use discount code for signing up and giving them your email, for example 10% of your next order. Even if the site doesn’t provide this sort of incentive, it is still worth signing up so that you keep up to date with any other offers or discounts.
Similar to promotional emails, companies are now giving discount to users who “Like” them on Facebook. This could vary from free delivery, a free gift or a discount on your order depending on the company. Once you Like them, you will then see any new discounts or messages that they post on Facebook in the future.
Some retailers are known for having flash sales on certain days. For example, Amazon have “Lightning Deals” most days with more flash deals during special events such as “Black Friday” and Christmas, while sites such as Scan.co.uk have “Today Only” deals which are highly discounted products every day. If you are looking to buy a specific item it may be worth holding off and watching the flash deals for a few days or weeks and see if anything comes up.
Voucher Code Websites
If you do not want to receive the junk that comes along with receiving marketing emails or liking websites on Facebook, you can normally find all of these promotional codes and many more on websites such as promotioncodes.org.uk. Simple search for a retailer such as Tesco and it will tell you if there are any valid codes or discounts available. By signing up with sites like promotioncodes.org.uk, they will send you a weekly digest of all the latest special offers and discount codes rather than getting lots of different emails from different retailers each week.
Many sites offer some sort of reward scheme, for example Tesco have “Clubcard points”, TheBookPeople have “Book Points” and lots of sites, including eBay, now allow you to collect Nectar Points. While this is not a discount on your order, it does allow you to collect points on each purchase that you make which can then be saved up and redeem either against future purchases or as cash once you have reached a certain limit.
Disclaimer: This post was written on behalf of promotioncodes.org.uk