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Little online shopping hacks, tips and deals for big online shopping perks

From leaving items in your cart to including your birthday in your sign-up details, these online shopping hacks will change the way you shop online.

A friend of mine once said that she doesn’t buy anything unless it’s at a discount. You might think from the sounds of this that she never buys anything, but you’d be wrong. There are more discounts and deals available online than you might realise – you just have to know how to find and use them.

We signed up to newsletters, left items in our carts and stalked social media accounts to find these online shopping hacks and tips.

Note that all the discounts and deals provided below are ones that we’ve personally been offered. They may change at any time at each store’s discretion. Discounts may come with minimum spends and limited time periods.


1. Register or sign-up to stores and leave items in your cart without making a purchase.

Then, leave the site and watch your inbox. You might get a friendly email the next day or even next month with a discount code to convince you to complete your purchase.

StoreHack: Discounts for items left in baskets
SurfStitch20% off basket
The Book Depository5% off basket or wishlist
Urban Outfitters15% off
Beginning Boutique10% off
Wordery10% off
The HutIf you’ve registered with The Hut but have yet to make your first purchase, the store might send you a code for 15% off to welcome you back.
WiggleIf you’ve registered with Wiggle but have yet to make a purchase, the store might send you a code for 10% off to get you started.
CrazySales.com.auIf you’ve registered with CrazySales.com.au but have yet to make a purchase, the store might send you a code for 5% off to get you started.

2. Have a birthday or newsletter anniversary.

Include your birth date when signing up to sites and some might give you a nice birthday discount.

StoreHack: Discounts for having a birthday or anniversary
STA$50 voucher on your birthday
Missguided10% off on your birthday
Princess Polly$20 off on your birthday
Rebel$10 voucher on your birthday
Kikki K$10/$20 on your birthday
JetstarGet a 5% discount for being a newsletter subscriber for a year
RedBalloon$15 voucher on your birthday
Mighty Ape$10 off on your birthday
JetsetterGet a 5% discount for being a newsletter subscriber for a year

3. Take advantage of free trials.

Many services provide you with free one-month trials. Read the terms and conditions properly so you know when and how to cancel before you get charged.

StoreHack: Free trials
AudibleAudible offers a one-month free trial. Beyond this you can get a listener discount.Here's how: Sign up for the first month for free. When you go to cancel, you’ll be asked why you’d like to cancel.
Choose the dropdown option of “The membership fee was too expensive for me”. To keep your custom, Audible will offer discounts.
For example, $7.45 per month for gold membership for the first three months and $14.95 per month thereafter.
AncestryTRY 2 WEEKS FREE
Amazon Prime30-day free trial
Stan30-day free trial
ShipwireFree trial
GetflixTRY 2 WEEKS FREE
VyperVPN3-day free trial

4. Book it on a deal day.

Airlines like Virgin Australia and Jetstar have a dedicated happy hours. Scout prices and flights beforehand and jump on them when the hour of sale comes around.

StoreHack: Specific day of the week discounts
JetstarJetstar deals on a Friday
Virgin AustraliaHappy hour at 4pm every Thursday

5. Sign up to newsletters.

Shops tend to sweeten this deal by offering a sign-up or first-purchase discount. These one-time deals are for new customers only and tend to have time periods attached to them, so it’s best to sign up if there’s something you want to buy now. By signing up, it usually means that you’ve given permission to the merchant to send you newsletters and marketing material. You can always unsubscribe if this becomes too much for your inbox.

StoreHack: Sign-up to the newsletter / be a first-time customer
THE ICONIC$10 voucher for email sign-ups
Showpo$10 off for email sign-ups
Peter Alexander15% off for email signups
Adidas15% off for email signs-up
Dissh10% off for email sign-ups
Pacsun15% off for email sign-ups
Miss Holly$10 store credit for email sign-ups
ASOS$10 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
JayJays10% off for email sign-ups
Urban Outfitters15% off for email sign-ups
Freez$10 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Dangerfield10% off for email sign-ups
Oasis15% off for email sign-ups
Joe Button$10 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
WorkwearHub$10 off for email sign-ups
Sweaty Betty10% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
SwimSpot15% off for email sign-ups
LivingStyles$15 off for email sign-ups
ModelCo25% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Masters10% off for email sign-ups
Icon By Design$25 off for email sign-ups
Zanui$25 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Smiggle10% off for email sign-ups
Ted’s Cameras$10 off for email sign-ups
Baby Goes Retro10% off for email sign-ups
costumes.com.au10% off for email sign-ups
MyDeal.com.au$10 coupon for email sign-ups
Clearly Contacts10% off and free shipping for email sign-ups
SnapfishNo discount here, but every new sign-up gets 60 free 10x15 prints
Lime Tree Kids10% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
SABA10% off for email sign-ups
Van Heusen$20 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Book FHR5% off for email sign-ups
Amber Sceats$10 gift card for email sign-ups
Beserk10% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Whiteport10% for email sign-ups
Nailpolish.com.au5% off your first order
ColesFree delivery of your first order
Happy TummiesFree delivery of your first order
Canningvale$20 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Antoine & Stanley10% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Jeff Banks$20 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Ennia LingerieUp to $50 off your first purchase for email sign-ups (dependent on your spend)
BNKR15% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Ettitude$10 gift voucher for email sign-ups
RY$5 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Yogee Toys5% off your first purchase when you sign up for Playtime Membership
Toosh Foods15% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Go Lights$10 off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Alive Skin + HairFree delivery of your first order
Rockport15% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Printvenue25% off your first purchase for email sign-ups
Risque Boutique$10 off for email sign-ups
Styletread$10 voucher for email sign-ups and for answering a question
Hallenstein Brothers20% off for email sign-ups
GetWinesDirect10% off your first purchase for email sign-ups

6. Look out for other site-specific deals.

These can be anything from return credits to free services.

StoreHack: Other great hacks
THE ICONICReturn an item to get 110% credit on your next purchase.
AnthropologieUse the free personal shopping service. Anthropologie lets you tell them vaguely what you want, and they’ll send over looks and suggestions, sometimes with free express shipping.

Two more hot shopping tips, because you can never have too many

  • Customer service not up to scratch? Say it on social media. If you’re unhappy with a merchant’s customer service, be vocal about it on social media. Stores tend to be extremely responsive via Twitter or Facebook. If you have a legitimate complaint, a discount could be in it for you.
  •  Enter competitions. As a reward for entering competitions (and to add you to their subscription list), some stores will email you a code as a thank you. Don’t unsubscribe yet if they don’t. When they announce the winners, they may offer you a consolation prize in the form of a discount code. (Then, you can unsubscribe if it’s not of interest to you).

Top online shopping deals

20% to 100% off: Mystery Discount

Shop at Glassons and get your mystery discount between 20% to 100% off. Excludes brands. Valid on full-priced items online and in-store.

20% off all orders + free shipping orders over $50

Get 20% off all orders with code GREEN20 at checkout & receive free shipping with orders over $50 at PacSun.Conditions apply

Show code & visit siteGR****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

25% off dresses

Get 25% off dresses at Dissh when you use the code at checkout. Valid on full-priced dresses only. Excludes sale items. T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit site25****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

3 for $125 business shirts

Shop for 3 men's and women's business shirts for just $125 at Van Heusen. Valid on selected business shirts only. Conditions apply.

Win a $1000 Princess Polly wardrobe + 3 gift vouchers worth $100 for your best friends

Get a chance to win a $1000 Princess Polly wardrobe plus 3 gift vouchers worth $100 for your best friends when you shop online at Princess Polly. Conditions apply. Check website for more details.

40% off all SWELL items: 3 days only

Simply use the code to get 40% off all SWELL items at Surfstitch. Coupon valid for 3 days only.

Show code & visit siteSW****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

Free shipping on orders over US$ 50

Get free shipping on orders over US$ 50 at YOOX.com.Conditions apply

30% off everything

Simply use the code to get 30% off everything at Pretty Little Thing. Excluding sale items.

Show code & visit siteRE****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

Up to 100% off mystery code

Register at Hallenstein Brothers and get the chance to receive 20% to 100% discount code sent via your email.

10% off for students

Get 10% off only for students at Showpo.Conditions apply

Up to 30% off women's, men's items and more: Christmas Extravaganza

Get up to 30% off women's, men's items and more at Debenhams.

30% off store-wide

Get 30% off store-wide at Jeanswest.

30% off full-priced baby, kids and teen items

Get 30% off full-priced baby, kids and teen items at Cotton On. Valid online and in-store. Conditions apply.

20% off party wear

Get 20% off party wear at Beginning Boutique.Conditions apply

Show code & visit sitePA****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

25% off clearance items + FREE shipping on orders over $25: One Day Sale

Save big with Macy's One Day Sale. Get 25% off clearance items plus receive free shipping on orders over $25. Exclusions and T&Cs apply.

Clothing deals and more under $100

Shop for clothing deals and more at Amazon under $100. Valid for a limited time only.

20% off sitewide

Simply use the code to get 20% off sitewide at Kapten & Son.Conditions apply

Show code & visit siteka****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

50% off full-priced swell items when you spend $100 on full-price items

Simply use the code to get 50% off full-priced SWELL items when you spend $100 or more on full-price items at Surfstitch. While stocks last. Exclusions and T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit siteTA****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

3 for 2 offer on all gifts

Save big with this 3 for 2 offer on all gifts at Superdry. T&Cs apply.

15% off your first order

Get 15% off your first order when you use the code at checkout. T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit siteNE****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

Up to 60% off luxury clothes, footwear and accessories

Get up to 60% off luxury clothes, footwear and accessories at Coggles

30% off all girls clothing

Get 30% off all girls clothing at Forever 21. Conditions apply.

Buy 1 bra get 1 FREE

Save big with buy 1 bra get 1 free promo at City Chic.

Exclusive

15% off store-wide

Get 15% off store-wide when you use the code at checkout. Includes all sale items. T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit siteCl****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

$65 off orders over $465

Simply use the code to get $65 off your orders when you spend $465 or more at FORZIERI.com.

Show code & visit siteFW****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

FREE express delivery orders over $300 + FREE returns within 28 days

Receive free express delivery on orders over $300 plus free returns within 28 days at NET-A-PORTER.

FREE gifts of Summer

Receive free gifts of Summer with any full price purchase at SurfStitch. Check their websites for complete details. Conditions apply.

Gifts under $100 + FREE shipping and returns

Shop for gifts under $100 and receive free shipping and returns at Rebecca Minkoff.

Gifts under $50 + FREE shipping and returns

Shop for gifts under $50 and receive free shipping and returns at Rebecca Minkoff.

$10 off Holiday dresses and Winter Wedding dresses

Simply use the code to get $10 off on Holiday dresses & Winter Wedding dresses at Light In The Box. Minimum order of $89 or more.

Show code & visit siteFA****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

10% off women's fashion items

Simply use the code to get 10% off women's fashion items at SurfStitch.

Show code & visit siteWO****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

8% off all orders

Get 8% off all orders by using the code at checkout.

Show code & visit siteSA****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

10% off festival clothing

Get 10% off full-priced items at Dissh by using the code at checkout. Valid online only. T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit siteFB****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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