I work to save $$, so when I shop, I look for how to save the most. Tonight I shared with someone in an online group one way I save on purchases I make shopping online. Since I had it all written out, I thought I ought to go ahead and share it here as well.
Vitacost is the site I purchase vitamins, food and personal care products from the most. I make an order about every month or so...they usually have what I want, I can get free shipping, usually get it cheaper than in most stores, and never have to leave my house. I jump through a few hoops to get what I want, but honestly, it is more of a process to write about it than for me to do it now that I have this system in place for me to use. I took a few pics to show you exactly how to do what I I do.
First, I became a member at ShopAtHome.com. I save 4% per order at Vitacost by going through the ShopAtHome site to make my purchases. I get mailed a check when my total savings reaches the $20 mark. It is not a gimmick, it really works. I have saved almost $300 in the 2 or 3 years I have been doing this. Vitacost is not the only site I save on through ShopAtHome. The other day, I renewed my Norton protection, but went through ShopAtHome to do it. I saved $20 by using a coupon from the site and another $11 from the cash back savings!!!
When you sign up, if you use my email in the referral, we both get a $5 credit to our accounts. If for some reason it doesn't show up, let me know and I will contact them, or you can. They will definitely make it right. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is how to sign up for ShopAtHome.com account, in pictures...
First, go to www.ShopAtHome.com...then,...
Fill in your info and my email, which is email@example.com.
Once you log in to your account, you should see a $5 credit to your account in the upper right hand corner. If you don't see it, you can still get it, but will have to contact customer service and let them know that the system didn't credit you. This usually only happens if you use one of the social sites to set up your account...
When you are ready to place an order, go to ShopAtHome.com, and search for the site you want to make a purchase from.
Click the 'Shop Now' button.
You will be taken to the site to shop. It will usually open up in a new tab.
Just shop as usual, and then place your order. Usually within 1-3 days, you will see a credit show up in your ShopAtHome account.
Also, on your first Vitacost order, you can get a $10 off credit when you sign up for an account using my link. https://www.vitacostrewards.com/6YJAnf I get a credit as well...and if you tell other friends using your link, you can get more $10 credits.
Here are a few quick pics showing how to get $10 credit at Vitacost.com...
On the next screen, fill in my email, firstname.lastname@example.org...
Click on the green, "Unlock Your Deal" button...
Now fill in your info,
That's it! You will get a discount code to use on your order!
I also got an extra discount at vitacost the other day by shopping on my iPad. They sent me a promotional email letting me know that I could get a discount for a short time by using my ipad to shop on their mobile site. I went to ShopAtHome.com, clicked through to Vitacost, clicked through to the mobile site, shopped, then checked out. I got ShopAtHome credits and a coupon code from Vitacost to use on my next order. So, watch your emails!
I hope this was helpful to you. If you found this tutorial to be helpful, or if you have any other great tips to share for saving money online, please leave me a comment below! I love comments and love learning about great ways to save!