Whether it's saving a few quid on a pair of shoes or cutting the cost of a holiday by hundreds of pounds, everybody loves a bargain. However, not everyone has the patience that is sometimes required to trawl the internet looking for the best deals, meaning you could be missing out.
But, don't despair, bargain-seeker! There are a few tips and tricks you can follow to ensure that you never miss out on a good deal again.
Price comparison websites
If you know exactly what it is you're looking for, then using a price comparison website could be an effective way to make potentially big savings. These sites do what they say on the tin: they check multiple sellers to find the cheapest deals or sellers so you don't have to.
Websites such as Money Expert and Kelkoo scour the internet and produce the best prices in a list form, meaning you can scroll through at your own pace. Comparison sites manage to digest information from hundreds, sometimes thousands, of websites in less time than it takes to make a cup of tea, meaning using them is a quick way to find a bargain.
However, you must keep in mind that retailers pay these websites to appear on the lists produced when you click 'search', so it's advisable to check more than one when you're on the hunt.
Most online retailers will supply people with discount codes to encourage them to make purchases through their websites, just like the flash sales that happen in-store or promotional offers that only last for a week or so.
However, it would be an impossible task if you were to attempt to track down all these codes yourself. But don't be disheartened, as there are a host of websites that have been set up for just this purpose.
These websites - such as Vouchercodes.co.uk and Voucher Cloud - are filled with codes to use when shopping online, as well as vouchers that can be printed off and used in-store, as well as at restaurants.
Most of them will let you sign up by email, meaning they will let you know about the latest discounts available as soon as the codes are released and you'll be able to get your hands on a bargain.
We all know that Amazon usually sells products for a reduced price compared to the high street, but there are other places to go to get even better deals.
Auction websites, such as eBay, allow you to search for what you want and set a limit on the top amount you're willing to pay. You will often find a mix of new and second-hand items and the price will depend on this. By keeping your eye on the ball, you could walk away with savings ranging from a few quid to hundreds of pounds.
Online retailers, including Amazon, often have daily deals pages, which may be of use if you're not sure what it is you're looking for, such as when you're doing your Christmas shopping.
You may even be able to save money by checking both a brand's main website and any concession stores it may have. For example, you may see something on Dorothy Perkins' site that you like the look of, and find it to be cheaper in Debenhams.