Shopping online can be a fantastic way to save money on pretty much all of your bills, including your weekly food bill, clothes shopping costs, and your entertainment budget, too. One of the main advantages of doing this is that you can compare prices between the high street retailers, supermarkets, and Internet outlets. With the supercomputer in your pocket (your smart phone) you can very often make these price comparisons right there in the shop, or simply from the comfort of your own living room or even snuggled up under your duvet.

This article will take a look at a few of the latest ways in which you can save money shopping online.

1. Photo search on eBay

Did you know that you can search for the latest bargain on eBay using a photo rather than a search query? Just point your phone camera at the item using eBay’s app on either iPhone or Android and it’s super smart artificial intelligence will do it’s best to track down a close match.

Even ASOS is getting in on the act, and although the results are pretty good right now, both claim that as more people interact with this type of search method, the results will improve.

2. Always try to haggle with the chatboxes

They can often seem a little invasive, the little chatboxes that seem to appear with regularity when navigating a website with something for sale. Typically used to nudge us towards spending our money with them, they can also work to our advantage and save us lots of money.

Don’t be afraid to be a little bit cheeky, strike up a chat with a willing customer services representative and see if you can’t score a discount voucher, discount code or price reduction on the item you’re interested in. These guys are very often armed with the freedom to dish out discounts, so it’s always worth taking a punt.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get, as they say.

3. Discount codes and vouchers

Talking of discount codes and vouchers, there are plenty out there on the Internet if you take the time to look. If it’s a well known brand, then chances are there is a coupon or two floating about in the digital ether waiting for you to grab them and make a significant saving.

Heading to Argos to buy yourself a new pair of hair straighteners? Take the time to search for an Argos discount code first and grab yourself a bargain.

4. Don’t go all the way

Online retailers are always pouring through their web analytics, and trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to increasing sales. If you don’t follow through with your purchase at the checkout stage, then the chances are they’ll notice and in some cases they may even try to tempt you with a discount or promotion to get you to complete the sale. It’s always worth a go!

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