How To Online Shop: Finding Deals The Easy Way

Story and photos by Jenna Boulter

As a small town without a mall, Mt. Pleasant, MI, is home to many Central Michigan University students that head online to get their “shopping on.”

When there is an itch to get some cute new clothes, but nowhere to go, online websites are there for you.

Online shopping can be nerve racking with shipping mishaps, getting the wrong size or having problems returning. Knowing the most trustworthy places to shop with great deals will solve these problems. Here are some tips on how to avoid these online issues and find amazing deals.

Shop at the end of a season

With most college students being on a budget, it’s good to know where one can find the best deals. The trick can be to stock up at the end of a season. For example, at the end of summer is the best time to buy all the bikinis, shorts, and tanks you will ever need at the best price.

Although you may not get to wear your new items right away, when the seasons change you will have cute new outfits for half the price.

Sign up for email lists

Signing up for your favorite stores email list will help you know when the best sales are going on or when they are offering free shipping (always a plus). A lot of times, stores will offer online only sales. If you are up to date on emails, you will be first to snag these deals.

Download the Retail Me Not app

Retail Me Not is an app where you can do a quick search before checkout to see if there are any coupon codes available for the website in which you are shopping. It is a great app to keep around to save even more on your purchases.

Online shopping is only getting bigger and bigger with adorable shops all over the web to find great clothes. Here are some of CMU students favorite places to find their online shopping steals.

Some common favorites are Express, Forever 21, H&M and American Eagle.

“I love H&M— their clothes are always SUPER cute, and I swear they always have some sort of really good deal going on so you always feel like you’re saving”, freshman Audri Chenoweth said.


“My go-to is Forever 21 because they always have good deals, the clothes are good quality for the price and they usually have a fast delivery”, senior Danielle Alexopoulos said.

Although you don’t get that instant gratification as you would shopping in stores, online shopping can be a great alternative to find adorable clothes for a great price.