Online shopping rules! If you want proof, consider this: A survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) revealed that an estimated that 108.5 million Americans shopped online during Thanksgiving weekend, significantly more than the 99.1 million who headed to retailers in person.
That's because the savviest of shoppers know that online shopping is superior, and not just because it's a convenient alternative to waiting in long lines, dealing with crowds, or being limited to specific store hours.
Take a look at some of the benefits you could be enjoying by shopping from your computer or mobile device:
You can save money. Sure there are in-store promotions and coupons, but nothing beats online shopping when it comes to scoring discounts. For starters, you can almost always find a coupon code somewhere online. Comparison shopping is just a few clicks away as well, so you can make sure you're paying the cheapest price before you checkout. Registering for loyalty programs, signing up for retailers' email newsletters, and following your favorite stores on social media can also net you some exclusive deals. You can also use apps that alert you to deals near you, keep track of price drops, or help you monitor your spending.
You'll spend less. If you have a history of impulse shopping (you know, picking up those items you didn't really need, but couldn't resist while you were waiting to check out), online shopping will probably be more budget-friendly for you. Also, you won't be tempted to pick up a pricey latte in between stores, or have to pay for transportation costs.
You can earn rewards. The best way to get the most out of online shopping is to turn it into a game with actual prizes. You can begin your shopping trip at a portal (like this one), and get paid to shop–literally! It's your favorite pastime anyway, so why not get a bonus for your superior shopping skills? You can be rewarded in the form of cash back on your purchases, or you can earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards and other prizes. And once you star reaping those type of rewards, you will be hooked by the concept of using online activities to earn even more–from taking surveys, to watching videos.
Sure, the occasional trip to the mall can be lots of fun, especially when you go with your BFF. But when it comes to maximizing your shopping dollars, online shopping is the way to save and score.