Online Shopping Tips That May Help You Save Money

ABC News' Becky Worley reports the latest news on potential ways to save big online.
4:40 | 08/04/15

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Our series on super shopping secrets. Most of us shop online but you probably notice I definitely have. Those promo codes are getting harder to find. ABC's Becky Worley is here with a trick to help you get some of those hidden codes to save big. Good morning, Becky. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. This is you shopping online and you're trying to get that promo code that will decrease your whole order by 10%, 20%, maybe 50%. But what's the deal with deal codes? Where are they? And why did they dry up? Bad news, deal hunters, a study by e-mail marketing company lisp Rak says discount codes have decreased 45%. The economy is good right now, consumers have a lot of options and so retailers maybe have scaled back just because people are willing to spend a little more. Reporter: But deal hunting is an evolving cat and mouse game and there's a new way to score one of those promo codes. It's called shopping cart abandonment and here's a real world dramatization of how it works online. Imagine that I'm at a website and I put items into my virtual cart but then I just walk away. Excuse me, miss. You left some items in your cart and here's a coupon for 10% off. Reporter: Uh-huh. Very dramatic dramatization but here's how it works online. You find something you want at a retailer's website. This next step is important, you have to have an account and be signed in. Now the magic, just click off. Leave the site and don't buy the item. Sure enough last week I went to seven different retail websites and put a few items in my cart then I clicked off the sighs without buying. Within 24 hours I had three reminders about my abandoned carts. Two discount offers, one for $20 off and another for 20% off. I'd save about $40 on the orders I was considering. If you're shopping for a big ticket item or maybe a lot of things, say, for back to school, it's worth trying. Lisp Rak study's said the longer you wait for the e-mail the better. Most who send e-mails about abandoned cart don't offer a discount code until the third reminder. Fear not, the deal code is not dead, just little harder to find. Maybe just have to have a little patience. Becky Worley here now and this happened to me dentally last week. I got one of those e-mails offering me a discount for my abandoned cart. I was so excited. Yeah, see, you didn't even know you were doing it. A lot of times we do get distracted while shopping or maybe lose the connection on our phone or computer and then they nudge us with a little reminder. I like it. I can be nudged. You have several other ways to find hidden discounts. A cat and mouse game so let's start with new tricks so the first one is to remember that when you're checking out, you have access to a customer service agent live often right here -- I'm going to show you with a little telestrator. Do you have questions? Well, yes, there's a live person you can chat with. My question is, can I have a discount code, please? I would ask a little nicer but they say yes and give you one? It can't hurt to ask. I think we've learned that. Then the other thing, do you remember Amazon prime day and made this huge hullabaloo and Walmart had a sales event suddenly. It's not like back in the reception there are they're trying to get us to open our wallets but keep us from putting money in their competitor's wallet so see a lot of one day sales and it's a good reason to pay attention to those newsletters that come into your e-mail in-box so pay attention to those one day sales. Finally, this is instagram, right? So you want to sign up to follow your favorite brands on all of these new media sites. They may not be looking for, you know, your moms, maybe they want millennials so they'll go and use hashtags and they'll go -- Only way to find them is on the social media sites. Follow them on instagram, on Twitter and, you know, that's really a good way to stay current with what's happening right now. So if you don't want to wait for the in-box notice, you can go online right now on to your social media feeds. You can. You can and the other thing about waiting, if you have a hard time with patience or being diligent about going back and checking because prices fluctuate, right? So what you want to do is set up an alert when there's a price drop and the way you do that at this 150i9, camel, cam camelcamel.com. Camel, camel, camel. That's incredible advice. I'll go online today. Tricks of the trade. Becky Worley as always, thank you so much.

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