Best ASOS shopping hacks to save money
ASOS has flipped the world of online shopping upside down and now we can't even remember life without it. Buying clothes online has never been so easy, but make sure you're doing it right...
ASOS can give you everything your online shopping basket has ever dreamed of with one click. Stocking brands like Topshop, Nike, New Look, & Other Stories, Adidas, Reebok and more, the possibilities are endless.
Aside from laziness, the reason most of us choose to order clothes and shoes from ASOS over physically going to high street retailers is that there's a high chance the goods will be cheaper online.
However, there's more to buying cheap clothes than waiting for online sales or for a discount code to roll your way. Saving money on ASOS truly is an art. Here's how to perfect your technique!
How to get discounts and cheap clothes on ASOS
These are our top tips and tricks for getting the best prices and secret sales on ASOS:
Buy from the multipack section
The multipack section often goes unnoticed but it's an actual godsend.
To locate said section, select whether you're shopping for men or women, then hover your mouse over the 'Clothing' button. Multipacks are located under 'Loungewear' for both sections (we missed it the first thousand times we went shopping on ASOS so we thought we'd save you the work!).
This little corner of ASOS is really good for saving money on wardrobe essentials and buying cheap underwear, socks, plain t-shirts, hair scrunchies, multipacks of jewellery, leggings and even trackies!
For example, a plain white organic cotton ASOS DESIGN women's t-shirt costs £6* when bought by itself, but a pack of two t-shirts comes in at £10* – that's a fiver each.
The same can be said for men's staples, too. An ASOS brand shirt comes in at £20* when bought individually, but a pack of two shirts comes in at £30*.
And it's not just the plain ASOS brand that comes in multipacks. They have all sorts of different high street and designer brands on there.
Here's a list of the best brands for men and for women we've seen on there so far:
Best ASOS multipack brands
Getting cheaper ASOS delivery
There are a couple of ways you can go about saving money on ASOS postage and packaging. One includes Premium Delivery, one does not.
ASOS Standard Delivery
We'll start with the latter. As we're sure you're more than aware, ASOS offers free Standard Delivery (usually £4) on all purchases over £35*.
There are two options here: you can either order over £35 worth of clothes to get the free delivery and then, as returns are also free, just return the items you don't actually want (this is especially worth it if your order is just a couple of quid under £35).
You can also team up with a mate who's planning on ordering some goodies in the not-too-distant future to push your grand total over the £35 benchmark.
ASOS Premier Delivery
Update: ASOS have removed Next Day Delivery as an option for now due to the coronavirus pandemic to safeguard their workers and adapt to the needs of their customers.
The second option: PREMIER DELIVERY.
Premier Delivery costs £9.95* for the whole year and gets you free Fastest Delivery, Standard Delivery or Precise Delivery (whereby you select a delivery date and time-slot of your choosing) to one UK address.
The best bit: there's no minimum spend once you've subscribed.
This is a no-brainer if you have housemates who are also ASOS fiends. Sign up for Premier Delivery on one person's account, split the bill and you'll all pay next to nothing for a whole year. Voilà!
If you don't have housemates who are willing to split the price, see if you've got uni friends who are willing to go halves/thirds/quarters on Premier Delivery on one of your accounts.
You can use Premier Delivery for multiple addresses, although ASOS' terms and conditions do state that Premier Delivery should be used for personal use only.
We reckon that as long as you're not using the service for businesses, re-sale or wholesale purposes (which the T&C's explicitly forbid) which would place a strain on delivery drivers, ordering items to a few different addresses here and there should be fine.
Even if you don't have anyone to go halfsies with, Premier Delivery pays for itself after three deliveries if you regularly order under £35 worth of items.
The only way this isn't worth it is if you don't order off ASOS more than twice a year, or if you're an avid ASOS Marketplace customer.
Unfortunately, Premier Delivery doesn't work on ASOS Marketplace orders as you're ordering from private sellers and not from ASOS itself, so if you're a die-hard vintage fan this might be worth taking into consideration.
To get Premier Delivery, simply click 'Premier Delivery' and then 'Add to Bag' just before paying for your items.
Here's how much you could save if you buy ASOS Premier Delivery:
Will ASOS Premier Delivery save you money?
Annual orders worth under £30 Standard ASOS account Premier Delivery Savings 1 £4 £9.95 -£5.95 2 £8 £9.95 -£1.95 4 £16 £9.95 £6.05 5 £20 £9.95 £10.05 10 £40 £9.95 £30.05 15 £60 £9.95 £50.05 20 £80 £9.95 £70.05
ASOS Instant Delivery – On Campus
Update: ASOS have removed Instant Delivery as an option for now due to the coronavirus pandemic to safeguard their workers and adapt to the needs of their customers.
You read correctly, there exists in the land of ASOS an option to get your beloved Topshop leggings delivered to you while you're at uni!
But, unfortunately, this is only available to a select few. ASOS has only made this option available to students at the University of Leeds so far (probably because their warehouse is a 30-minute drive away in Barnsley).
If you're at Leeds Uni and are reading this, you'll be delighted to know that for just £2.95* you can get same-day delivery to your uni (Monday to Friday) if you place your order before 12 noon.
Otherwise, it'll be delivered the next day between 3pm and 9pm. If you're already a Premier customer, you can get this for free!
Just click on the 'ASOS Instant – On Campus' option, and you'll be able to pick up your package from the CollectPlus point in the Leeds Essentials shop next to the Student Union.
Interestingly, you don't actually have to be a Leeds Uni student to get this offer – you just need an L2 postcode. So, if you live in the area but are in a different city for uni, this might be handy during the hols (if your Premier Delivery is registered elsewhere)!
ASOS Outlet and ASOS Sale
Imagine if there could be a sale every day? Well, for those of you who may have missed it, on ASOS there kinda is.
On the very small chance that you've missed it, allow us to introduce (or re-introduce) you to the Outlet section! It's hard to miss as it's permanently highlighted in red, but we thought we'd give it a shoutout just in case.
In the ASOS Outlet, you can either browse by category of product or click on 'Further Reductions: Up To 70% Off' which will lead you to the full catalogue of reduced items.
We should point out here that despite the name of this particular section, there are reductions of more than 70%: we've seen items being sold at 80% off.
This section is great for shopping for out-of-season stock. If you're browsing in January, for example, and know you're going to need a new bikini for the summer, we'd suggest starting here as ASOS tends to drop the biggest sales on the items that people are the least likely to be in the market for...
There is indeed another hidden section: the Sale section. This section is separate from the Outlet section and is only available via the homepage during key sales periods (January, Christmas etc.).
However, you can actually access the Sale section all year round by searching for "ASOS sale" on Google.
You can always tell the difference between a normal Sale item and an Outlet item when looking at the item itself.
Outlet items always have the acronym "RRP" (crossed out) next to the original price, whereas Sales items just have the original price crossed out, without "RRP", as demonstrated below.
Products advertised on the Sale portion of the website are items that ASOS themselves have chosen to reduce the price of, whereas Outlet items are end of line stock that ASOS have received therefore the price has to be below the RRP.
Both sections offer significant reductions (we've also seen items going for 80% off in the Sale section), so it's worth scoping them both out before you commit to buying anything.
ASOS Flash Sales
Flash sales are mini-sales that last anywhere between a couple of hours to a few days.
When one occurs, ASOS will either advertise a promo code on their website site that can be used on a particular product or range (e.g. 20% off activewear), or the item will be reduced directly on the site before you put it in your basket.
They can happen pretty much anytime throughout the week, although we've noticed that there tends to be a 20% off sale on Sunday evenings from 7pm – 9pm.
Look out for them at lunchtime too, between the hours of 12pm – 2pm.
Flash sales also happen around bank holidays and any other 'special' days e.g. Valentine's Day, Halloween, April Fools' Day and so on.
The best bit about Flash Sales is that they can apply to items that have already been reduced in the Outlet section and the Sale section. So, you could get up to 70% off PLUS an extra 20% off!
ASOS also tend to fire out specific codes for Sales items at the end of a big sale as a last push to draw in customers. During big sales, it's worth waiting right until the last minute to get an additional 20% or 30% off.
ASOS UNiDAYS and TOTUM student discount
Once you sign up and activate either of these accounts, ASOS will send you a special discount code which will be valid until you graduate. So you'll get at least 10% off every time.
Unfortunately, even if you have both accounts you can't stack these offers to get 20% off, nor can you combine them with their 25% off Flash Sales (sadface).
ASOS birthday discount code
When you sign up for an ASOS account, opt into Your Exclusives and make sure you enter ALL your details in!
Yes, we know it's annoying entering your info into all those little boxes, but you'll be thanking us by the time your birthday rolls around.
Two weeks before your birthday you'll be sent a code that'll get you 10% off selected full-price items on the day of your birthday. The code expires at 11.59pm on your birthday, so take some time out of celebrating to get shopping!
By opting in you'll receive frequent emails from ASOS, which brings us to our next point...
Sign up to the ASOS newsletter
Tick all of the boxes under 'Contact Preferences', especially the 'Discounts and Sales' box, which signs you up to the ASOS newsletter.
When you sign up to their newsletter, ASOS' way of saying "thank you" is sending you a new customer promo code entitling you to 10% off your first purchase. Cha-ching!
We recommend you sign up to this once something's already caught your eye, though, as the code is only valid for two weeks from the date you received it.
Yes, we know promo emails are annoying, but do you know what's even more annoying? Paying more money for something because you didn't receive the discount code in your inbox.
If you're really not keen on receiving these emails to your inbox, you can always create a second email account and have them sent there to avoid promo emails being mixed up with your VIP mail.
'Save for later' button
This one requires a lot of self-control.
If what your heart desires isn't absolutely urgent, we recommend clicking on the little white heart at the bottom right of its picture, which should then turn black.
This will move it into the 'Saved Items' basket, where it'll be stored for 60 days if you're not logged into your account, or for six months if you are.
Saving an item for later doesn't mean you've reserved it, but it does allow you to see if it's low in stock so you can grab it before it disappears. If you're willing to risk it, leave it in there until a discount code gets sent your way or a flash sale rolls around and then pounce!
We have a sneaking suspicion that, as with most online retailers, when you "favourite" an item or move it into your basket and leave it there without buying, the site will do everything in their power to get you to complete the purchase. Like sending promo codes to your inbox...
Buy through cashback websites
About to head to checkout? Stop. Right. There. Leave the item in your basket. Now shut down the window and open a new one.
Don't but anything on ASOS without going through a cashback website first.
Both TopCashback and Quidco offer cashback for purchases made on ASOS (although, at the time of writing, TopCashback is offering a slightly better deal with up to 10% cashback whereas Quidco is offering just 8%).
It's literally free money every time you buy something on ASOS. What a time to be alive.
ASOS Marketplace for cheap vintage
Are you more of a vintage lover and less of a highstreet fiend? Then ASOS Marketplace is the one for you, bébé.
ASOS Marketplace is home to over 800 'boutiques' run by independent brands selling pre-owned and re-worked vintage clothing. Think of it as a very chic online charity shop!
Unlike charity shops, though, vintage tends to be pretty expensive. To be honest, prices of clothes on ASOS Marketplace aren't that much cheaper than in your average boutique, but they do have what most vintage shops don't: a permanent sale!
If you venture under 'Clothing' (for both the women's or men's section), there's a red 'Clearance' button which'll lead you to many a discounted seventies kimono.
Clearance items are in their final 30 days of shelf-life and have been reduced by 50% or 70%. This section seems to be particularly good for vintage women's Levi's jeans and high-waisted shorts, as well as retro t-shirts for men.
There's also a Clearance section under the 'Accessories and Shoes' section. Score!
Check how much the original price is
So, this might sound basic, but it is actually worth checking whether ASOS really is offering the best price – especially during big sales. Allow us to explain.
In general, ASOS will either be selling at the cheapest price (especially during a Flash Sale) or at the retail price set by the brand.
But, on rare occasions (and we've seen this mostly during the Christmas and January sales), if a retailer puts an item on sale, the new discounted price doesn't always appear on ASOS.
So, if you're buying something that isn't the ASOS DESIGN home brand, it's worth checking on the original retailer's website to see if you really are getting the best price out there. Don't say we didn't warn you!
ASOS is a great place to buy a new outfit for a first date with that cutie you've been chatting to...
*All prices were accurate as of March 2020.