Those who know me well or follow me on my social media accounts, know about my love for shopping for clothes, make-up, household items and baby products. Sometimes I spend more than I should, but mostly I am very prudent about spending money. I prefer to shop for luxury products at duty free airport outlets and keep an eye out for sales. However, if you do not travel much or cannot step out of the house too often, I am here to tell you five fail-safe and easy ways to save money while shopping online.
- LOOK FOR AWESOME DEALS ON WEBSITES LIKE NEWBUY/ AMAZON LIGHTNING DEALS:
The best hack to shop for deals online, is to look for fantastic offers on discount catalogue websites. Online cataloguing platforms where you can get items/ products/ services or experiences in various categories, at absolute throwaway prices, are fabulous for scoring deals. The concept is simple- money-saving deals are live for a limited time, and you have to act quick, so you can save a lot of money. Try your hand at expensive cooking classes that are sold for a fraction of their original cost, and get 50-70% off highly-priced clothing and makeup brands. Bookmark your favorite websites and trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
- SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTERS/ DOWNLOAD THE APP OF THE WEBSITE OF YOUR CHOICE:
Identify your favourite online shopping websites. Each website offers its own weekly newsletters. Before you start groaning that you hate endless newsletters and spam mail in your email inbox, let me assure you these newsletters are the best friends a shopaholic can have!
As soon as you sign up, you get an immediate discount for doing so. Later, you are the first to be notified about online sales as well as being privy to website/app-only discounts.
- LEAVE THINGS IN YOUR SHOPPING CART:
I know it sounds really strange to put things in your shopping cart and leave them there, but believe me, this is a wonderful little trick. When shopping websites notice that you have an item in your cart, and that item is not a hot-selling one on their website, they offer even greater discounts to you to buy that particular item. It is all about sales and marketing, right?!
- FILL IN YOUR BIRTHDAY DETAILS AND GET DISCOUNTS:
As you grow older, the charm of celebrating your birthday starts wearing off. However, one really cool thing that kicks in are the birthday discounts from websites and brands! When we shop from particular brands or websites a lot, we are asked to become members of loyalty programs run by those. These loyalty programs almost always offer a pleasant discount for your birthday/anniversary, so you can spend extra cash during those special times. Not like we needed another reason to shop, right?!
- CONVERT CASHBACK TO SHOPPING VOUCHERS:
I was skeptical when it came to cashback, till I earned my first check from the website CashKaro.com. Isn’t it awesome that you get paid to shop?! The biggest advantage of online shopping is the fact that you can sign up for cashback through cashback websites or earn through UPI portals like Google Pay or Amazon Pay while making payments. The cash you earn can then be used to shop. Amazon Pay even offers shopping vouchers instead of cashback. It is a win-win situation!
I hope these hacks help you save money while shopping online. If you have a hack I haven’t mentioned here, leave it in the comments below for the benefit of other readers.
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