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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

45% off Lucky 7x Boxer Brief Pack

Simply use the code to get 45% off Lucky 7x Boxer Brief Pack at Mosmann Australia. Selection of the styles are generated by the system randomly. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteMO****

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

Up to 40% off Winter Sale

Save up to 40% at the Nordstrom Winter Sale.

30% off store-wide + FREE worldwide shipping on orders over $150

Get 30% off store-wide plus free express worldwide shipping on orders over $150 at Mosmann Australia. T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit siteMO****

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

Up to 50% off sale items + new styles added

Get up to 50% off sale items plus new styles added at Forever New. Valid for a limited time only.

20% off all lingerie

Shop now and get 20% off all lingerie at Ann Summers.

20% off full-priced fashion, shoes and accessories when you use your David Jones card

Get 20% off on full-priced fashion, shoes and accessories when you use your David Jones card. Exclusions and T&Cs apply.

FREE 9-piece Lancome gift (over $200 value)

Spend $75 or more at David Jones and receive your free personalised 9-piece Lancome gift (over $200 value). Excludes gift sets. While stocks last.

Exclusive

20% off storewide: Exclusive

Simply use the code to get 20% off storewide at One Honey Boutique. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteFI****

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

30% off dresses for Autumn Races: Early bird special

Save big with GlamCorner's early bird special for Autumn Races and get 30% off by using the code at checkout.

Show code & visit siteEA****

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

FREE shipping on all clearance items

Simply use the code to get free shipping on all clearance items at GlamCorner.

Show code & visit siteGE****

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

$5 off orders over $55

Simply use the code to get $5 off on orders over $55 at SheIn.com

Show code & visit siteRH****

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

$15 off orders over $105

Simply use the code to get $15 off on orders over $105 at SheIn.com.

Show code & visit siteRF****

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

$5 off women's fur coat

Simply use the code to get $5 off women's fur coat at Light In The Box. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteSA****

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

US$3 off orders over US$29

Get US$3 off on orders over US$29 at Sheln. Conditions apply.

$40 off orders over $200

Simply use the code to get $40 off on orders over $200 at SheIn.com.

Show code & visit siteRF****

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

10% off site-wide

Simply use the code to get 10% off site-wide at Saks Fifth Avenue. Including beauty items and fragrance. Valid online only. T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit siteSA****

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

40% off site-wide

Get 40% off site-wide when you use the code at checkout. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteGE****

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

50% off exclusive styles

Simply use the code to get 50% off exclusive styles at Rebecca Minkoff. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteRM****

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

25% off store-wide

Get 25% off store-wide at French Connection. Including sale and outlet.

$55 off on orders over $275

Get $55 off on orders over $275 by using the code at checkout. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteCO****

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

$20 off on orders over $145

Simply use the code to get $20 off on orders over $145 at Sheln. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteCO****

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

$8 off on orders over $75

Simply use the code to get $8 off on orders over $75 at Sheln.

Show code & visit siteCO****

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

25% off Everything (Sydney)

Get 25% off everything with the code at Missguided. Conditions Apply

Show code & visit sitesy****

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

$25 off when you spend $150

Simply use the code to get $25 off when you spend $150 at New Balance.

Show code & visit siteSA****

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

15% off new spring and summer collection

Simply use the code to get 15% off new spring and summer collection at Happy Socks. Excludes limited edition, outlet and gift cards.

Show code & visit site H****

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

20% off summer styles

Get 20% off summer styles with this coupon code. Ends at 11:59pm AEDT on 27.02.2017. Subject to terms and conditions.

Show code & visit siteSA****

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

40% off new in

Get 40% off site-wide at Pretty Little Thing.

Show code & visit sitene****

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

80% off men's designer clearance suits

Get 80% off men's designer clearance suits at Macy's.

50% off Baby sale

Simply use the code to get 50% off during Macy's baby sale.

Extra 20% off: Super Saturday Sale

Simply use the code to get an extra 20% off your orders during the Super Saturday Sale at Macy's.

Show code & visit siteSU****

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

10% off orders over $75

Simply use the code to get 10% off on orders over $75 at Charles Tyrwhitt. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteCT****

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

Extra 20% off sale: No minimum spend

Get an extra 20% off sale at City Beach. No minimum spend required.

Up to 50% off + extra 10% off with code

Get up to 50% off absolutely everything at Boohoo, plus an extra 10% off with this code. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit site10****

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

25% off everything - Exclusive

Get 25% off everything with the code at Pretty little thing. Conditions Apply

Show code & visit siteFI****

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

40% off skirts and tops

Simply use the code to get 40% off skirts and tops at Missguided.

Show code & visit siteMI****

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

15% off on regular priced items

Simply use the code to get 15% off on regular priced items at Happy Socks. Excludes outlet items, limited editions, giftcards. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteHA****

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

Up to 50% off women's outdoor clothing

Save up to 50% on women's outdoor clothing at Cotswold Outdoor.

Save 15% when you spend $70

Save 15% when you spend $70 at Katies. Valid on full price styles only. Excludes sale and special offer items.

Show code & visit siteVC****

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

10% off THE ICONIC Exclusive labels

Get 10% off exclusive labels at THE ICONIC. Minimum spend is $79. Only on full price items from Atmos&Here, Zalora, Zalora Basics, H-Wood, Spurr, Spurr Basics, Staple Superior and Double Oak Mills. T&Cs apply.

Show code & visit siteIC****

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

$10 off your order

Simply use this code to receive $10 off your next order at Catch of the day.

Show code & visit siteUN****

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

10% off all orders

Get 10% off all orders when you use the code at checkout.

Show code & visit siteWG****

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

Up to $12 off on orders over $99

Simply use the code to get up to $12 off on orders over $99 at SammyDress. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteWG****

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

10% off full priced items

Simply use the code to get 10% off full priced items at Dissh. Valid online only. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteFB****

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

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

FREE gifts of Summer

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

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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