Shopeeholic o Lazadanatic: Paano Makakatipid Sa Online Shopping?
The past holidays seem like ordinary days for many. Stuck at home for as long as you can remember -- even the weekends found a place in a cycle of dealing with work and juggling chores. But if there is a day in the month that you look forward to, it's when the month matches the day -- 9.9, 10.10, 11.11. These are numbers only the most patient of online shoppers can decode.
While patience is a virtue, a strategic mind can get you to places. So, before the day you look forward to arrives, here are tips to secure the best deals for a smooth sale.
Plan your purchase
This may be your cheat day but you still have to bear in mind that every cent counts these days. Visiting an online store is like walking into a grocery store. To stay away from unnecessary purchases, you have to keep a list of the items you should buy. The goal is to list and buy only the things that your pantry has run out of.
The same principle applies to online shopping. Keep in your notepad a checklist of items you want to purchase. Stick to the list. Those are the only words that you should type in your search box. This will lead you to the right path, away from all the temptations of the unlimited "add to cart" button pressing.
Add to cart NOW
The idea of delayed gratification works for some. If you stock the item in your cart early and look at your total bill now and then, you might hear a small voice whisper that you should take some items off your list. You might realize that not having it is something you can live with.
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You are not depriving yourself by practicing that mindset. It's just a matter of getting your priorities checked. Once you have deleted an item in your cart, there's room for a more important one that fits your budget. Not only are you making the most out of the sale, but you will also be making the most out of each purchase.
Do not worry if the item is not yet on sale today, the discounted price will show when the right time comes. We know you already had that marked in your calendar.
Collect and combine vouchers
Presents need not be wrapped in fancy paper and glittery ribbons. Some are just waiting to be opened in your inbox. They come in the simplest yet thrilling forms -- discount codes, exclusive bundles, and free shipping offers.
Give your favorite merchants a follow. This will keep you updated with their latest offers that you might want to take advantage of. The trick is to combine these codes to trim down the price of your selected purchases. Below is a guide from Lazada that might help you decode the terms.
While looking in the right places, keep in mind that there are vouchers you can and cannot combine.
Take advantage of credit card perks
Check your e-mail for alerts coming from your bank. There might be offers that can get you the best deals when you use your credit card or debit card. In the case of the awaited 11.11 Biggest One-Day Sale, Lazada teamed up with banks for offers that are hard to say no to.
Shop with your friends
You might be able to save a lot when you plan your purchase and shop with friends.
While browsing the online shop, you are sure to come across deals that can only be purchased at a lower price when bought in bulk or in a bundle. Your friends can come to the rescue. Let us say, for example, you have been eyeing to buy that perfume from a luxurious brand. Buying it alone can cost you a fortune because it is being sold at a regular price. But the brand offered a bundle that includes that perfume, a moisturizer, and a lotion. Look for friends that are interested in buying the other items. Convince them that you will all be enjoying a sweet deal because you can split the discounted price into three.
If you have friends who are also looking forward to buying items from the same shop, you can take advantage of this by purchasing at the same time and using the same account. You will then be able to split the shipping fee and have fun unboxing the package together.
A wise shopper is one who does not just shop at the moment. Planning ahead and thinking twice will work for you in the long-run. Aside from availing of deals and discounts, make sure to be meticulous with all your purchases. The product specifications and reviews will help you identify which store is worth your time and money. Making the most of online sale promos also means making the most out of the products that end up in your doorstep.