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How to get the best online shopping bargains

How to get the best online shopping bargains

I pretty much think of shopping every day and night. It's always on my mind. I'm always looking for the next fabulous handbag or the next amazing shoe. I like to keep up with fashion through all the seasons - but on a strict budget, of course. You may be asking yourself, "How does she keep up with all the fashions trends on a strict budget then?" (After all, the fashion industry is a multi-billion dollar one and as the "freshness" of styles and seasons wax and wane, designers and retailers can get deeper into your pockets. Well, I've got a system and I'll take you through my best online shopping bargains strategy step by step:

Step #1 - New Arrivals

When I have down time, I hop on all the major retailer websites and browse their new arrivals. Some of the retailers I visit are Bloomingdales.com, Norstrom.com, Neimanmarcus.com, lord&taylor.com and macys.com.

Step #2 - Save the Fave

While browsing my favorite online stores, I'll make sure to screen-capture or save an image of the product and send an email to myself so I can refer it to it at anytime while I'm out and about. You can also just take screen-shots on your computer, with your mobile device or simply create a secret Pinterest board to collect these must-haves.

Salvatore Ferragamo My Joy flats - RETAIL Value $350...I paid $99
Rivka Friedman 18K Gold Clad Faceted Onyx & Rose Quartz Petite Rings - RETAIL Value $145...I paid $36 each

Step #3 - In-Person

Then I find the time to visit the actual store so I can carefully look at the product. Yep, time to get up-close and personal: I touch the material, make sure the look and feel is something that I'm interested in and that it's not drastically different from what I saw online. There's no point in going any further if you're disappointed with the product when you finally have it in your hands. Now's your chance to bail and save the money for something that really pans-out!

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Step #4 - Get Googling

Then I go home and Google the product's name, looking for search results that direct me to all of my favorite discount websites. Here are some that I refer to: bluefly.com, overstock.com, amazon.com, hautelook.com, nordstromrack.com, gilt.com and tjmaxx.com.

Even though it's a new product and you may think there's no chance it'd be on a discount website yet, you're wrong! Sometimes, companies produce too many of a certain product and can't sell all of them to the big retail chains. When this happens, these discount stores and websites snatch them up for a discounted price. These discount stores and websites then pass those amazing savings along to their customers.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Aki Floral Small Cosmetic Bag - RETAIL Value $78...I paid $12

Step #5 - Get Discount Diggin'

Once I find the product for a discounted price, I dive even deeper for a discount. I'll head back to Google and to my favorite coupon app for even more available discounts on the item. I'll Google the store's name where I found the product along with the words "coupon code" or "promo code" and see what pops-up. For example, "overstock coupon codes". Some of the websites I'll refer to at this stage of the game are: retailmenot.com, couponcabin.com, dealsplus.com or printable-coupons.blogspot.com.

I'll then complete my order and wait with bated breath until the product is delivered. I know that's a lot of steps, but if you want that discount price you have put in the time and effort to make it happen. After it's all said and done, I feel really good that I now own this amazing product I've been waiting for...and best of all, it was at a remarkable price.

BCBG MAX AZRIA Cyprein Drape Tunic Top - RETAIL Value $168...I paid $37

Those are just a few of my tips for online shopping bargains. What are some of your favorite tips?

About our Guest Contributor, Leonora:

Leonora is the Senior Program Execution Manager here at House Party. In her free time she enjoys shopping and spending time with her husband, family and friends. She loves to entertain her family and friends in her home at least once a month. Leonora's Party Tip - Flowers around the house gives that extra elegant touch. Her favorite flowers are hydrangeas. They are full and come in many colors.(function() { var _fbq = window._fbq || (window._fbq = []); if (!_fbq.loaded) { var fbds = document.createElement('script'); fbds.async = true; fbds.src = '//connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbds.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(fbds, s); _fbq.loaded = true; } })(); window._fbq = window._fbq || []; window._fbq.push(['track', '6021769479074', {'value':'0.00','currency':'USD'}]); <img src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?ev=6021769479074&cd[value]=0.00&cd[currency]=USD&noscript=1" alt="" style="display:none" />

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