Friday, 21 March 2014

Use Flipit to navigate the sea of discounts available

If you’re looking for a bargain there’s no shortage of places to visit on the Internet to score a deep discount. But many times you may be left wondering if you’re getting the best deal possible and how can you make sure you don’t miss out on future discounts. I face this dilemma every week and find jumping from online store site to another is daunting.

Now available in Canada, there’s a website that touts itself as being a one-stop-shop to learning about all discounts available each day.  From fashion, to travel to household items Flipit .com wants to make it easier to navigate the Canadian discount world.

How it works
By visiting the site you can sign up for an account and get access to information on hundreds of discount. On the site they promise that a team of editors is daily scouring the Internet “for the best bargains and especially promo codes.”  Online shopping can make your life easy, but it can also be all consuming, as you can virtually go anywhere. By checking in with a Flipit you can help make a plan of where and how you are going to shop on any day.

Why I like it
At the core of it, I’m a bit lazy, but I also love to save money. I often have insecurity that unless I go to the mall I’m won’t be able to take advantage of all the deals. It’s easier to walk around and see the window displays then shuffle through several dozen sites. I also get frustrated with the number of email promos I get on a daily basis. I’ve started mass deleting these messages without even opening them, because there are so many. Now I know there is a place that I can shop with the confidence of knowing I’m getting the best deal available.

Online shopping dangers
Whenever you use your credit card to pay for an item it can be difficult to feel the emotional attachment you would if you paid cash. Online this emotion is further diminished, as there’s no paper slip to sign and takes away as a reminder of what you bought. The virtual exchange of money can make it difficult to stay on budget. Online shopping can save you lots of money, but just like with any shopping trip, only buy the things you need and control the urge to over spend. Remember no matter how good of a deal something is, it’s a waste of money if you don’t use it.

Best times to shop
There are no store hours in an online shop, so buying a coffee maker at 2 am or a dress for a party at 3pm when you should be working is totally doable.  By using valuable time at your job or hours when you should be sleeping you’re taking away from other important events in your life. I know friends who are already online on Christmas eve to check the discounts at their favourite stores, all while their family is waiting to sit down for dinner. Shop online when you would normally if you had to go out. You will make much better purchasing decisions. 

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