Online Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money

The best ways to shop online

Words by Nicole Thomsen
May 13th, 2019

In anticipation of the upcoming summer sales, we’re sharing our expert tips to navigating the virtual world of online shopping so that you can save yourself both time and money — and maybe your sanity too. Discover maven46’s tried and tested online shopping hacks below.

Subscribe to your favourite brands’ newsletters

But my inbox is already jam-packed, you cry! I know, I know, but hear me out. If you’re smart about who and what you subscribe to i.e. your all-time favourite brands and designers, you’ll be more likely to open and actually read the emails that you’re sent as opposed to leaving them unread and letting them clog up your inbox. Think of your top five brands, the stores you shop from time and time again, and make sure you’re on their lists.

As a subscriber, you’ll be the first to know when a sale is starting; updates on the latest promotions and offers; news about a new collection launch; and more often than not, you’ll receive some sort of discount code for your first purchase when you originally sign up. Who can say no to 10% off?

Create a wish list

Saving items to a wish list is one of the best things you can do when it comes to online shopping; not only will it help to curb impulse buying, it will also save you time and potentially a couple of extra Euro along the way.

When you create a wish list online, many e-tailers, such as Zalando and ASOS, will send you an email if and when any of these items go on sale or come back into stock. This means you don’t have to refresh the site eight times a day (guilty) to check if that slip dress you so desperately want has been restocked yet.

Speaking of sales, heading into one armed with a wish list is one of the smartest ways to shop. This will ensure that you only buy what you want, what you really really want, and prevents you from getting sidetracked by yet another pair of faded jeans that you absolutely do not need simply because they’re “half off!” — you’ve already got five identical pairs.



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Install Honey app

Bargain hunters, listen up: Honey is the answer to your online shopping prayers. The app saves a huge amount of time (and often, money) by searching for discount codes so you don’t have to. Once you’ve installed the browser extension, Honey will automatically search each store that you visit and apply any applicable codes that it finds at the checkout. While the app’s search doesn’t always come up fruitful (the retailer may not be running any promotions at that exact time), it’s handy to have it running in the background so you can shop knowing that you’re paying the best price. Although Honey currently only works on desktop, rumour has it there will be a mobile version in the near future.

Shop around

Do your research before you commit to an expensive purchase. More often than not you’ll find a designer label is stocked by a couple of online stores (Net-a-Porter, Brown Thomas, Farfetch etc.), all with varying price points. Carry out a quick Google search of the brand you’re looking to buy from and see if it’s stocked anywhere else. Then compare the prices or check out if either has any promotions running such as free delivery and who knows, you might save a few bob.

Order to store

Picture this: you’ve got €60 worth of clothes in your cart; you head to the checkout only to see that a €9 delivery fee has been added to your total; you close the tab and forget all about it. Sound familiar? Thankfully, many stores, such as Brown Thomas, Zara, Office, and Boots, now offer free shipping on orders that are delivered to one of their stores for collection instead of home delivery.

By choosing this option at the checkout you not only save a couple of extra Euro but it also means you can pick up your order at a time that suits you. Although this handy service isn’t available everywhere, more and more stores are beginning to offer it so it’s worth enquiring if the brand you’re shopping from does and save yourself a tenner.

Use a virtual delivery address

Ever filled up an online shopping cart only to discover, at the final stage of the transaction, that the store or the goods do not ship to Ireland? It’s a pain but it occurs more frequently than we would like. One way around this is to set up a virtual delivery address with services such as AddressPal by An Post or Parcel Motel. A virtual delivery address is a proxy address that can be used for the delivery of online shopping from the UK, US and beyond, meaning you can receive purchases from websites and brands that don’t normally deliver to Ireland (Reformation, cough, cough). It’s free to set up with both AddressPal and Parcel Motel and you then just pay a fee on every order you have delivered via the virtual address. While Parcel Motel only offers a UK virtual address, AddressPal has the option of both a UK and US address so you can order from all of your favourite American stores. Thank me later.