Here are the things I learned about making online shopping work for my family.
- Shipping/return - Never pay for shipping and returns.
Most stores have free shipping after if you buy $X amount of dollars. For example, Macys has free shipping if you buy over $99. I always buy $99 worth of stuff and something half the items are stuff I plan to return. Since Macy's is nearby I can make an easy return and keep what I want. This brings me to my second point. Looking at the return policy. If you can return at the retail store then buy away.
Here are stores that you can shop online that also have store returns.
Babiesrus (for most items)
Old Navy/ Gap
Of course there are many others. Some online stores like amazon has free shipping on returns for some items, especially baby stuff.
- Always google for discount codes and promotional codes.
If you are a Kohls card holder, almost once a month Kohls has their (15,20,30% off sale) and they always have free shipping code. I love this sale because I can usually get a code for 30% off their clerance items and must have things I need. Recently I bought this. I needed it and most stores had it for around $12. I used my 30% code plus free shipping code to get it for $7
- stay loyal to a few stores.
Hope these tips help. Let me know if you have an other tips.