By PureWow
Updated May 11, 2015
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You consider yourself pretty smart when it comes to finances. So why, oh why, are you still paying for shipping? Below, five useful tips to keep in mind when choosing an online store and deciphering whether what you see is really what you’ll get.

1. Discover Your True Size

2. Bookmark Stores with Free Shipping & Returns

3. Or Find The Ones That Offer In-Store Pick-Ups

4. Sign-Up For the Newsletter

This one’s tricky because you don’t want to clog your inbox, but the best deals are often found through email. If you’re selective and only sign-up for the stores you absolutely love there’s a good chance you’ll nab decent sale pricing. Even a head’s up about new arrivals can be a worthwhile advantage.


5. Download Honey

Last, but certainly not least, get technology on your side. Honey, an app/widget, can be downloaded right to your bookmarks bar and upon opening any retail site, it alerts you of any coupons or deals. True story: It once saved us $150. Is that genius, or is that genius?