The Ins & Outs of Online Discount Shopping (Part 1)

It seems everywhere there are discount shopping sites and coupon codes galore.  But how do you find a site that is right for you and fits your shopping needs?  Or how can you find that percentage off coupon without sifting through dozens of sites?

Today I will begin a three-part series on online discount shopping sites and where to quickly and easily find the coupon codes you are searching for.

Boutique Shopping Sites

How They Work:  These sites offer online boutiques, in which a select number of companies are featured daily, and the boutique is only open for a set amount of time (say 48 or 72 hours) or until inventory is sold out.  These are great because you can find name brand items and designer products at discounts up to 90% off.

The Catch:  With only a limited number of brands offered daily, you can’t always be guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.  In addition, if the brand boutique has a ridiculously discounted sale going on, the items may go quickly, so you’ll want to log on as soon as you get word of the boutique opening.

How to Make It Work for You: Subscribe to email updates for the sites you see yourself using the most.  You’ll receive a heads up on sales for the coming days and weeks and ensure you get the early in to the brands you love.

The Sites:

RueLaLa

Who: FENDI, Lucky Brand, Betsey Johnson, Windstar Cruises, companykids, and Michel Schlumberger Winery…just to name a few.  What: Men’s & Women’s and Children’s apparel and accessories, household odds and ends, and travel.  When: 48-hour boutiques open at 8am PST.  Shipping: Pay $9.95 once and ship free for 30 days.

Zulily

Who: Vitamins Baby, HOTmilk, Ragg Shoes, Hi-Tec, OshKosh B’gosh, and PB Couture.  What: Clothing, accessories, and toys for Moms, Kids, and Babies at up to 90% off.  When: 72-hour boutiques open at 6am PST.  Shipping: Pay $6.95 for unlimited shipping until 11:59pm PST that day.

The Foundary

Who: Spiegelau European glassware, A and R Cashmere, Old Hollywood, Lodge Enamel and Patterns & Solids Rugs.  What: Homes and lifestyles brands at up to 70% off.  When: 72- to 120-hour boutiques open at 8am PST.  Shipping: $5.95 per order for orders less than $75 and $9.95 per order for order $75+.

Lot 18

Who:  Mario Bazán Napa Valley, Arcadian Stolpman Vineyard, North Country Smokehouse, Napa Valley Getaways and Ravenscroft glassware and decanters.  What: High-quality and hard-to-find wines and gourmet foods, as well as wine- and gourmet-themed travel excursions and exclusive dinners at top restaurants.  When: Several new products added daily and featured until inventory is sold out.  Shipping: $9.99

Gilt Groupe

Who: C&C California, La Perla Lingerie, Report, Levi’s, Baby Bjorn and Harper Collings Children’s Books.  What: Designer fashions for Men, Women and Children at up to 60% off.  When: New sales daily at 9am PST. Shipping:  $5.95

Haute Look

Who: Kenneth Cole, Free People, George Foreman, LAmade Kids, Liquid Keratin and Stride Rite.  What: Women’s and Men’s fashion and accessories, Beauty, Kid’s apparel and toys, and home decor at up to 75% off.  When: New sales daily at 8am PST.  Shipping: $4.95

One Kings Lane

Who: Cuisinart, Adventures in Artistry, Archipelago, Evergreen and Safavieh.  What: Home decor, gifts, kitchenware and vintage finds at up to 70% off.  When: 72-hour boutiques open at 8am PST.  Shipping: Starting at $6.95 and dependent on order total.

Jetsetter

Who: The Palazzo Las Vegas, Variety Cruises, Virgin America Airlines, Ski USA and the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC.  What: Insider access to hotel, airline, cruise, excursion tours, and vacation deals.  When:  5- to 7-day sales open daily.  Shipping: None.

Beyond The Rack

Who: Smashbox Cosmetics, Breville Juicers, William Rast, Laura Ashley, Ed Hardy, Momo Baby, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Versace.  What: Women’s, Men’s, Kid’s, Beauty and Homeware brands at up to 80% off.  When:  48- to 120-hour boutiques open daily.  Shipping:  $9.95

Join me next Thursday for Part 2 of the Ins & Outs of Online Discount Shopping, featuring information on how to take advantage of Local Deals at restaurants, amusement parks, movie theaters, kid’s activities and more.