June is finally here! Where did the past months go? Now that it is beginning to get hot outside (for most of us), I have spent a lot of time outdoors. Not only that, but I have spent a lot of time out shopping. And you know what I have discovered, no matter where I go in town, I can usually get a better deal online - not to mention, saving money on gas! I just recently ordered a new custom sofa online and saved hundreds of dollars (even with shipping costs). And I have finally gotten my stuff moved into my new scrapbooking office and wanted to get some new vertical storage. And guess where I found the cheapest ones - online! (I chose the Cropper Hopper Vertical Paper Holders).
So I guess what I am getting at is that you can save a lot of time and money shopping online. Especially if you already know the quality or brand of the thing you are ordering (then there are no surprises when you get your order). If you want to be a great online shopper for scrapbooking supplies, here are a few tips to keeping you happy:
1.) Check out ScrapbookFinds.com first (of course I had to put that plug in) because our store searches dozens of top scrapbooking stores and you can see where you will save the most.
2.) If we don’t have what you are looking for, make sure to check at least 3 scrapbooking supply sites before you place your order.
3.) Always, always, always check out shipping costs (and policies). Maybe one site carries what you want cheaper, but you end up paying more in the end with shipping. There are many websites out there that give free or discounted shipping if you spend a certain amount of money. Check out our monthly coupons to see if the store you are buying from has one of those deals.
4.) Use coupons! Just as I said above, you can save money when you shop online with a simple code.
5.) If you can afford to, buy in bulk. Do you use a ton of white 12×12 paper or a lot of adhesive? Look for deals on buying more than one at a time. You can save yourself over time.
6.) Always read the item’s description. This is important to make sure you are getting what you think you are getting (sometimes the picture shows more than what you will receive). One thing I always make sure to check is the size of everything I order. There is a big difference between 8×8″ paper and 12×12″ paper.
7.) Be patient! Unless you are in a hurry for a product, use the slower shipping methods - they are cheaper!!
8.) Only enter your credit card/debit card information on a secured page (it should say it is secured).
9.) Always print off or save the receipt on your computer. Just because they say they will send you an email confirmation doesn’t mean it will always happen.
10.) Have fun! It can be fun to browse new products from the comfort of your own home (even in your PJ’s if you like).
Hot Deals of the Month: Coupons for June
Enjoy your summer shopping and make sure to send me any deals that you find while finding your scrapbooking supplies!
Your Scrapbooking Expert,
P.S. If you have questions about products or scrapbooking ideas, email me or check us out at www.scrapbookfinds.com.