Agreed that shopping online is very attractive. What with the convenience of shopping from your own comfort zone, browsing through hundreds of retailers and thousands of products. Online shopping always wins hands down as compared to shopping from brick and mortar locations.

But every luxury has its own dangers. The very much existent bad guys who are lurking around with phishing attacks up their sleeve, pretending to be real websites or online banks and successfully swindle you using your bank and credit card information. But this need not keep you away from shopping online. Just practicing a few safety tips can safeguard you against all these malpractices and keep your information secure.

  • Use of familiar sites is always the best. Randomly choosing a site which could be offering very enticing deals may not be such a good idea after all.
  • Confirm that the site you are buying from has a security sockets layer encryption installed. Do not give your credit card details under any circumstances.
  • Give minimum information. Avoid giving even seemingly harmless information like your birthday. as this information along with your credit card information can aid the hackers in stealing your identity.
  • Update your PC regularly with trustworthy anti-virus programs, so that it is protected against malware.
  • Create unique passwords, which are strong and impossible to crack and use a different password for every account.
  • Download the apps provided by known sites or retailers as this is very important for your safety.
  • Never shop from public places or internet cafes. Or if for some reason you do shop from an internet cafe, see to it that you have logged off correctly and if in a public place seat yourself in a corner making sure that there is no one snooping over your shoulder.
  • Always try to use private wi-fi or use hot spots you are familiar with. shopping from stores with networks name ‘attwifi’ is a safe bet.
  • Buy gift cards only from known sources as fraudsters often auction off gift cards with little or no funds on them.
  • Double check offers which seem too good to be true. Be wary of all such offers and screen them carefully.
  • It is advisable to turn on a two-step authentication on accounts where available. It adds to the security and gives an added layer of protection beyond passwords.

Being alert and practicing a few precautions will always see to it that nothing ruins your pleasurable shopping experience!

Have a happy and safe shopping.


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Proven Online Shopping Tricks―Time it Right & Save Money!

Proven Online Shopping Tricks―Time it Right & Save Money!

All the ladies out there are well familiar with the giddy satisfaction of making online purchases. Simply add an item into your shopping cart and make payment. Within days, your purchase item will be delivered straight to your house. Looks easy, isn’t? Even though online shopping appears pretty simple, there are indeed tons of insider secrets and tips of finding deals online at lowest prices. After all, saving money can significantly change our lives.

It hardly matters if we save our money on designer clothes or grocery items; all that matters is making expenses within the budget and enjoy great quality items in our wardrobes! In this regard, listed below are some hush-hush tips to save money while looking for deals on discount websites.

  1. Strategically Use Coupon Codes

Most of the websites today consent you to combine multiple promo and coupons codes at the time of making payment. It is important to use these codes in correct order. For instance, if you have a promo code offering 10% discount along with a $20 cash voucher, always go for promo code first. This is because, by subtracting percentage discount from the complete price, you are still left with the $20 worth of savings.

  1. Stack More Coupons from Voucher Websites

Some stores simply love to send numerous single-use discount coupons to some selected group of customers. In order to maximize your probability of saving those dollars, you can subscribe to their newsletter using multiple e-mail accounts. Simply imagine the money you may save with three 40% discount coupons in a single full-priced shirt purchase.

  1. Leveraging Reward Programs

In the recent times, most of the brands are focusing on rewarding their long term customers through recognition programs. They intend to build long term loyalty with their existing customers by pleasing them with loyalty points that act as a value proposition to the shoppers. These points can be offered via gift cards or special festive offers and are redeemed by customers in their next purchase.

  1. Keep The Eyes Peeled

Many times, frequent shoppers finding deals online are known to leave their products in their shopping cart for a day or two. This way they benefit in two ways – first, they avoided making impulsive purchase and secondly, they may earn discounts as retailers usually dislike the unclosed deals and so they offer discounts via vouchers or coupon codes as an attempt to retain the customer.

While these tricks are known to work only when the customer chooses to have an account with the merchant on its website, always remember to outwit the vigorous pricing traps of online shopping and run smart comparison checks while making a purchase.


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How to Get More Coupons

How to Get More Coupons


More coupons means more savings – it’s that simple. Coupons are available all over the place, you just have to look in the right place at the right time. It is like a treasure hunt where the treasure has been in front of your eyes the whole time but you overlooked it. This article focuses on places you never thought of while searching for discount coupons.

  1. Sign up for newsletter: If you are devoted to a particular brand or product, check their online website if you can subscribe to their newsletter. Subscribing to the newsletter conveys the message that you are a loyal customer and you want to know more about the company and its products. This commitment is often rewarded with special coupons and discounts that are not offered to the general public.
  2. Free samples: How often have you overlooked a free sample? Next time don’t. Not only do you get something for free, you can also find a hidden coupon inside. Companies do this to attract more customers and you should make the most of it.
  3. Receipt and Ticket stubs: Before you throw away the receipt from the grocery store look closely to see if anything is printed on the back. This is usually where stores print out coupons and discount offers for customers who buy at their store. Same goes for ticket stubs at sporting events and movie halls.
  4. Look inside product packaging: Before you throw away the packet after using a product, look closely within to see if you are throwing away a valuable coupon. Many manufacturers include valuable coupons and rebate forms inside or on product packaging.
  5. Subscribe for some magazine or buy an extra newspaper: If you can afford it, buy an extra newspaper and you will find more coupons there. Many stores discount their unsold Sunday products on Monday’s newspaper.
  6. Junk mail: Though junk mail is usually despised by most of us, it is a great place for you to search for coupons. Many manufacturers know their mail will go to junk and they include coupons inside so that they can entice customers not to mark their mails as spam.

The more accustomed you become to using coupons, you will find out more ways to find coupons.


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How to Find the Best Online Deals

How to Find the Best Online Deals

We all love shopping online. It’s easy, saves times and you can get the item delivered to your house. But how many times have you purchased an item and later found out that you could have gotten it less? Most people fail to get the best deal online and end up paying more because they are not accustomed to this online deals yet. You can easily grab a great deal if you follow some of the following steps:

  • Clear your cookies: Online stores like to entice new customers in the hope that they become regular customers. If you are a return customer you will be getting less deals than any new customer. That is why it is good idea to clean out your cookies, which will mask your previous ventures into the online store. You can also create a ‘special profile’ in a browser to fool vendors into thinking you’re a new customer every time you visit their site.
  • Be aware of your location: If you stay at an affluent location and are shopping from your home, online stores will display less deals because they know you can afford the extra cost. Shopping websites use whatever information they can get to charge you the appropriate price.
  • Discount codes: Discount codes are the online version of the paper discount coupons you used to present at brick and mortar shops. Use them effectively and you will pay lesser than most people.
  • Shopping cart: Use your shopping cart to leverage a deal. Select an item and leave it in the cart for sometime. This will tell the online store that you are contemplating buying the product but something is preventing you to buy it. You can expect a coupon code or promo to be offered to you within a week.
  • Use Twitter: Twitter has revolutionised how you connect with people, but you can use it to get alerts on deals too. Follow accounts that tweet about the latest deals and/or coupons. Turn on notifications for this accounts so that you do not miss out on a single deal. You can create a separate account for this purpose if you do not like your feed to be spammed by shopping deals.
  • Black Friday and Festive seasons: Be extra alert during the festive seasons as online stores give out huge discounts to attract more customers. If you are careful enough you will get very lucrative deals during the festive season.


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How to Find Coupon Codes Easily

How to Find Coupon Codes Easily

Most people are familiar with discount coupons. Savvy shoppers save thousands of dollars each year by cleverly using paper coupons. But with the advent of ecommerce websites, shopping has moved online. Sadly, most online shoppers are not familiar with online coupons and even if they are cannot seem to find the right coupons. A study has shown only 38% of shoppers have ever used an online code when shopping online. Most shoppers complain that they cannot find the appropriate coupons and hence cannot avail the offers.

Most of us have seen the coupon code box in the checkout page of most online shopping portals. It might be named as promo code, discount code, offer code, source code, gift code, or other variations. Regardless of the name, that is where you put some alphanumeric code that will get you some kind of discounts, free shipment or amazing deals. Sadly enough the coupon codes are not available at the online shopping website. They are usually placed in other websites as ads, so that people might visit the shopping website to use those coupons. Because of the vast amount of coupon information available on the internet, it might take a little know-how to find the right coupon easily.

The key to finding the right code lies in the knowledge of how these online stores distribute these codes. These shops send out coupon codes through various channels – through emails, newsletters, or through other websites that highlight information on current deals and coupons. Sometimes there is no code, you just have to click a link for that discount to be applied. So, if you want to get the most of the discount codes, it is a good idea to subscribe to their newsletters and emails. You can also search for coupon codes through different search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Before you search for coupons on the internet, be sure to know which online store you will be shopping from and what item you want to buy. These will help you to narrow down your searches. You can use specific keywords in your search that will provide you link to specific webpages. After you enter into the coupon sharing websites, it is upto you to find out the latest coupons. You should spend some time searching for discount codes as you will become more adept at recognising the best coupons that most adequately applies to your upcoming purchase.



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Social networking sites like facebook are helping in the promotion of certain brands and products through offers. For a site like facebook, with 850+ million users worldwide, this acts as a powerful tool for marketing since the potential readers, customers and clients can be easily connected.

This also helps in reaching out to the new customers through their friends. Moreover, it is easy to track whether people redeem or claim the offer. When people like your page and claim your offer, it can be seen in the news feed by their friends.

An offer can be created on facebook using ad creation. The description of the offer including the minimum billing amount, expiry date, and other terms and conditions should be specified. The amount to be paid is based on the number of users you want to reach out to. The ad can be promoted using Power Editor. “Post Targeting and Privacy” can be used to limit everyone from finding and accessing the offer. To run an offer, a page should have at least 400 followers.

To claim an offer on facebook, go to the offer page and click “Claim Offer” icon. The offer is then sent to the primary email address associated with your facebook account. You can print the coupon if possible or show it directly from your phone at the outlets, in order to redeem.

However, sometimes people have problems finding an offer email. In that case, they are suggested to check the spam folder because it might have entered the spam folder. If still not found, go back to the offer page and click on “resend the offer”. You can also try another email address.

You are not subscribed to the page of the company giving offers, you will not get the offer directly. So, in that case you can ask a friend of yours who has received the offer to share it with you through facebook.

One advantage of facebook offers over other free-coupon websites like Groupon, etc. is that in those websites, if you want to share an offer with your friend, you need to choose an option from facebook, twitter and email. So, it is more time-consuming and complicated. In case of facebook, the offer is directly shared since facebook has its own tools to share.

Thus, facebook forms an useful platform to share offers and deals. I’m sure you already have a facebook account and don’t need to create one. So make the most of it by creating and claiming offers!


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Nearbuy (formerly Groupon) is an online platform connecting its subscribers to the local stores, restaurants, hotels, beauty salons and other places and helps them to get discounts on different products and activities. There are coupon codes, which you need to apply for exclusive offers.

It has different categories in the website- food and drink, delivery and takeout, things to do, beauty and spa, automotive, health and fitness, electronics, travel and also “gifts for him” and “gifts for her”.

Food and Drink:- It includes everything starting from groceries to gourmet-dipped strawberries. Mouth-watering food from different restaurants are there along with pizza, burger and pastries, wines and brewery. One of the latest offers is 34% off at Cold Stone Creamery.

Delivery and Takeout:- The food and drinks are delivered to your place.

Thing to Do:- Here we are having classes, events, sight-seeing and night-life.

Beauty and Spa:- There are exclusive offers on different services in a salon or spa. For instance, Botox, a type of skincare is available at 60% off.

Health and Fitness:- This includes whitening of teeth, online nutritional courses, purchase of spectacles and so on..

Automotive:- Mainly Auto Rental, Auto Repair, Auto Parking.

Electronics:- Under this category fall mobile phones, mp3 players, ipod, camera, television set and other electronic gadgets.

Travel:- You will get hotels at a cheaper rate. You have a rebate percentage in hotels including the four-star ones.

Gifts for Him:- You can buy him a set of wine bottles, or gift him a massage package.

Gifts for Her:- Different kinds of gifts starting from jewellery to teddy bear and chocolates to perfume can be found for your loved ones.

Apart from these general categories, there are other deals like cooking classes on how to make pasta, boot camp classes, carwash etc. on a discounted rate. The items on which the sale is going on as a part of stock clearance are separately specified.

There are provisions for directly buying things from the Nearbuy website. For that, you need to register along with your home address so that they can directly deliver it to your place. The restaurants and shops nearest to your locality which are giving offers are displayed once you create an account.

Since Nearbuy is spread across countries, the basic division is country-wise. After you enter into the website specific for that particular country, you can get deals based on your exact location in that country.

So register today and grab the coupons!


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Offers, deals and discounts excite every customer. There are certain brands which give away free gift coupons to attract their customers. The idea is, they will have a low profit margin but have many customers.

Getting hold of a gift coupon is not that easy always. And using it judiciously is even more difficult. People can get free coupons from some online websites, from previous purchases or by referring some product or website to a friend. But, while using it, it is often found that they take wrong decisions.

Use your Coupons at the time of Rock Bottom Sale:- Rock Bottom Sales are those when the item is valued at its lowest price, ever. So, utilizing your coupon at this time will ensure you a double benefit- using the coupon and that too at a time when the price is already low.

Maintaining a database of your coupons:- In order to use your coupons judiciously, you need to maintain a database of the details, like the coupon code, date of issue, validity and amount of discount so that later on, depending upon the requirements you can buy products using the coupon.

Don’t go by Brands:- Do not be biased towards a certain brand because then it will not be possible for you to avail the offers. All brands do not give the same offer at the same point of time. So, be a little flexible.

Don’t buy things just for the sake of using coupons:- People have a general tendency to buy things just because they are on sale or discount. But, one should understand whether he or she actually needs it or not. If the product is not required, then buying it does not save the extra amount but wastes the spent amount. So, better give to another person who needs it- be it your friend or relative.

Try to double your coupons:- If you can have a coupon from the manufacturer as well as one from the retailer, it is the best. You will enjoy benefits from the both together.

Maintain the proper order:- Say, you are having a coupon worth 30% discount and another worth 5dollars off. If you apply the first coupon first and then the second one, then only can you optimize your savings. This is because if you apply the second coupon first and then the first one, the final amount will be greater.

So, apart from grabbing the coupons try to implement the steps given above. Then only can you make full utilization of the coupons that you have earned.



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Gift cards are another way of smart online shopping saving you a good amount and getting you a good deal! these are easy to get and find-well worth the effort – as they will help you stretch your budget. Gift card is also an excellent gifting idea. it makes the process of gifting much simpler by giving the hassle of hunting and choosing for a gift a skip.

Gift cards in all denominations are offered at all the popular online stores like Amazon, Flipkart or even Gift, which offers a plethora of gifts online from a number of retailers.

You can either buy the gift cards, get discounted gift cards or get them for free. Ways to find free gift cards and buy discounted cards can be by:

  • Scouring the social media like Facebook pages and getting involves in Twitter parties will earn you free gift cards.
  • Earning redeemable gift cards by reading the emails, answering the surveys and conducting web searches. Often, the shipment of these cards is free which means additional savings.
  • Taking part in sweepstakes and instant win games offering gift cards as prices.
  • Usually the grocery store or drug store offer a bulk pack of gift cards at a discounted prize.
  • Check out the offers at the restaurants especially during the festive season, during which there are a lot of offers.
  • Shopping at half price websites is another trick to earn gift cards. Lots of deals can be found on these sites with great deals from area restaurants, performances , trips and more.

Many a times you have accumulated a horde of gift cards you don’t know what to do with. Websites like Gift Card Granny and are a great site to sell the gift cards you don’t want and also to buy gift cards at exciting discounts.

Gift Card Granny: This website helps you sell off your unwanted gift cards and buy gift cards at discounts. The site offers gift cards for over a hundred retailers if not less. the site also notifies you when gift cards for your favorite store are available.

Gift This is a site offering personalized gift cards and custom greetings. For immediate gift cards the site offers egift cards. Additionally the user earns G-money reward points on purchase of select gift cards or points can be redeemed for future gift card purchase.

Gifting and saving is made much simpler when you can browse through over a thousands gift ideas from hundreds of retailers and that too at your own pace.



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It’s the end of the year 2015. People are busy enjoying their holidays, celebrating Christmas and the countdown for 2016 has begun. At this part of the year, different online websites as well as offline stores have their year-ending sales. There are discounts on some, some have amazing deals while some are issuing gift-cards. The main purpose is to attract customers and also stock clearance.

Offers are something which everyone loves. There are certain things which you feel like buying but the pocket pinch may make you think twice before doing so. But, if offers and discounts are given, it allows you to buy products of your choice and that too within your budget.

Stock clearing is important since if they can sale away the leftover, then only can they make way for newer varieties for the new year.

Online shopping websites have special offers like Snapdeal giving 40-80% off on mens’ wear, women’s’ wear and kid’s wear. is also giving exclusive rebates- 70% off on women’s fashion, kids’ fashion, office and electronic appliances and kindle books; 50% off on beauty and grooming products, musical instruments, sports goods, toys and games and books; 20% off on photo, cameras and video, gardening, home, kitchen and garden, tools and home improvement, health and personal care. Also, there is at least 20-50% off on TV and video, 30-70% off on audio and home theatre, 40—70% off on headphones and other attractive discounts on diapers, snacks item and car perfumes. Shopclues is giving upto 80% off on various products as a part of the “jaw-dropping Christmas sale”. On the occasion of Christmas, the online flipkart is giving 50% off on toys.

Now, let us come to the clothes and accessories brands. Adidas is giving upto 50% off End of Season Markdowns. Forever 21, the famous cloth and apparel brand is giving 21% off as a part of the yearend sale. The offer ends on 3rd January.

As for the food and beverages, McDonalds is giving a few dollars off on every bill exclusively for the month of December. There are other offers like free McEgg with any large meal.

If you are planning for a vacation, hundreds of shopping outlets in Malaysia are giving year-end sales and other events and happenings are there on a cheaper rate. This is valid from 14th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016.

So, get ready to step into the new year..Enjoy shopping and enjoy partying!


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