Online Discounts

As nice as it would be to never spend any money, some spending is necessary to live life.  If you are going to be making those purchases anyway, you might as well get the most for your money.  Online shopping often offers the easiest and least expensive way to do your shopping, especially if you are posted outside of the United States.  We did a lot of online shopping when we lived overseas!

Before you make your online purchase, make sure that there aren’t any rebate or coupon codes available.  Try a Google search for "coupon code" plus the name of the website you’re shopping to look for applicable offers.  If you are paying by a Visa credit card, check out their discount page.  (I saw some good ones there.)  Mastercard offers can be found at this page, though I find it harder to navigate than the Visa page and it seemed very slow.

Keeping costs down on necessary purchases is a great way to improve your financial future.  Take advantage of the internet to locate the best deals available.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Also, look for the free shipping options. I order from Barnes & Noble on a fairly regular basis, and I have always managed to have the minimum $25 order to get the free standard shipping. I’ve got a “wish list” on file with that account, so if I’m a little short, I can place another item to get me the free shipping, and it’s still less than if I’d not bought the additional item and paid for shipping…
    I get emails from with free shipping, too, but those totals are much higher to get it.