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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% off all full price items

Get 20% off all full price items at Marcs. Conditions apply.

50% off everything

Get 50% off everything at Boohoo. Excludes sale items. T&Cs apply.

50% off already reduced styles

Take a further 50% off already reduced styles at David Lawrence.

30% off all sale items

Get 30% off all sale items at Marcs. T&Cs apply.

Extra 20% off sale items

Simply use the code to get an extra 20% off sale items at Tony Bianco.

Show code & visit siteGE****

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

FREE express shipping

Receive free express shipping on your orders at City Beach.

Show code & visit siteFR****

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

Up to 70% off in final clearance

Get up to 70% off on huge end of season clearance sale at ASOS. Conditions apply.

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 site10****

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

Up to 70% off + FREE express shipping on all orders over $300

Get up to 70% off sale plus free express shipping on all orders over $300 at NET-A-PORTER.

30% off summer wear

Simply use the code to get 30% off summer wear at Beginning Boutique.

Show code & visit siteSU****

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

60% off all gift packs and accessories

Get 60% off all gift packs and accessories at Van Heusen. Excludes gift cards. Valid online only, not available at outlets. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Up to 70% off selected lines

Get up to 70% off selected lines at Oasis. Conditions apply.

Up to 70% off

Get up to 70% off sale items at Dissh.

40% off full price items

Get 40% off full price items at Katies. Valid for a limited time only. Conditions apply.

Up to 50% off sale items, shoes and regular price items + FREE shipping on orders over $99

Get 50% off sale items, 40% off shoes, 25% off regular price items and free shipping on orders over $99 at Fashion to Figure.

Up to 65% off Valentine's Day gifts

Get up to 65% off Valentine's Day gifts at SammyDress.com.

$5 off vintage sweater on order over $55

Simply use the code to get $5 off vintage sweater on order over $55 at SheIn.

Show code & visit siteVI****

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

Up to 70% off spectacular selections for women and men

Get up to 70% off spectacular selections for women and men at Saks Fifth Avenue. Valid online and in stores only.

30% off sitewide

Simply use the code to get 30% off at Fashion to Figure.

Show code & visit siteAF****

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

FREE Valentine's Day t-shirt on orders over $50

Simply use the code to get a free Valentine's Day t-shirt on orders over $50 at ThinkGeek. Valid for a limited time only.

Show code & visit siteGE****

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

60% off entire purchase

Simply use the code to get 60% off your entire purchase at Yogasmoga.

Show code & visit siteYS****

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

25% off site-wide: Australia Day Sale

Simply use the code to get 25% off site-wide during Australia Day Sale at Mosmann Australia.

Show code & visit siteOZ****

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

11% off

Simply use the code to get 11% off your order at Charles Tyrwhitt. No minimum spend. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteCT****

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

Up to $275 off

Simply use the code to get up to $275 off your orders at Saks Fifth Avenue. Valid online only. Exclusions and T&Cs may apply.

Show code & visit siteLO****

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

Up to 40% off women's sweaters

Get up to 40% off women's sweaters at Nordstrom. Conditions apply.

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

30% off site-wide

Get 30% off site-wide at Matt & Nat. Some exclusions apply.

FREE polo on orders of $75 or more

Simply use the code to get a free polo on your orders of $75 or more at Charles Tyrwhitt. Conditions apply.

Show code & visit siteCT****

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

$5 off vintage sweater purchases over $55

Get $5 off vintage sweater purchases over $55 at SheIn when you use the code at checkout.

Show code & visit siteVI****

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

Up to 90% off + FREE shipping and FREE returns: Huge Clearance Sale

Save up to 90% plus get free shipping and free returns during the Huge Clearance Sale at SheIn.

50% off sale

Get 50% off sale items at G-Star Raw. Valid for a limited time only. 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

$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 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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