Online shopping is becoming more and more popular, and we couldn’t be happier. What do we love about online shopping? Well, we don’t have to leave home or take off our comfy pyjamas to go shopping, so it’s super convenient. Plus, we’ve been introduced to so many new brands, both local and international. And with all the safety measures that online retailers have put into place (like cash on delivery, bank’s OTPs, click and collect, and secure PayPal) anyone can feel safe with online shopping.
To make it even better, online sales and promotional discounts are amazing – truly a gold mine if you know what you’re doing. Knowing all the little tips and tricks to get the best deals when shopping online can save you hundreds a month. So we’ve put together 10 quick and easy tips to help you be a savvy online shopper who knows how to take advantage of the sales.
How to shop online like a professional millennial:
Stay focused and stick to the plan
Online shopping can be a daunting process, but the first thing you need to do is focus on what you need (or want to need). There are so many items and so many different brands that you could end up buying things you don’t need or weren’t even looking to buy. Our advice? Decide on what you want and need beforehand, and go onto the website with target items in mind.
If you’re looking for pleated midi-skirts, use the search or filter function found on most online shopping websites to only view what you are looking for. This way you won’t get sidelined with chic blazers or cute heels.
Do your research
Another smart trick is to look for the same item on multiple sites. Online stores often have the exact same (or very similar) stock. So your best bet is to look through at least 4 or 5 sites to find the best price you can get. Also be aware of shipping fees – look for sites that have the item you are looking for at the best price and are offering free delivery (or at least the lowest shipping fee).
Use the wishlist wisely
Most of us use the wishlist basket to place expensive items that we know we’ll never buy. But this feature can be used for real savings when shopping online. Rather than tapping the heart icon for fantasy items, use the wishlist to store items you might actually purchase.
All retailers work on closing the sale, so in an effort to get you to purchase a specific item, the retailer will notify you of a promotion, sale or might even give you a voucher for the product. So don’t be scared to use this function to your own benefit. And whenever there’s a special running, be sure to check your wishlist to see if any of those items fall into the sale.
Set a budget
If you haven’t been using the price range selector or slider at the top of every online retailer’s website, then you have been setting yourself up to spend more than you need to. Most websites have similar products at different price points. So set a realistic budget for a particular item, then find the ‘price from low to high’ function to only see items within your budget.
Play hard to get
Okay, this trick might not work all the time, but it’s worth knowing. If you are buying a full price item, then it might be in your best interest to wait before you check out. Websites will often encourage you to make the purchase by sweetening the deal. They will either send you a voucher or place the item on promotion. And of course, they will email you to let you know…
Timing is crucial
After research (and personal buyer’s remorse), we’ve discovered that most websites have promotions on certain days and that’s when you should be shopping. Wait for Wednesday or Thursday as these seem to be prime promotion days. You can expect a saving of up to 40% depending on the website. So control your impulse to buy as soon as you’ve bagged it, and you really will reap the benefits.
More and more companies are jumping on the influencer bandwagon and using these fashion-forward women to market their businesses and products. They often give these social media celebs voucher codes to share with their followers.
So depending on what you love, try to follow influencers that are aligned with those brands and styles. You will be the first to hear about promotions, giveaways, and of course, those discount codes.
Make the most of your birthday
You know how some restaurants will offer you a coupon for your birthday (when you’re signed up to their mailing list)? You’ll be excited to know that some online retailers do the same. So sign up for everything you can.
Use your Gmail or Yahoo account to avoid promo emails flooding your work inbox, but scroll through and check those emails (and SMS’s) every now and then for sales, and always look on your birthday for your special discount.
Delivery fine print
It’s so important to check the return policies when purchasing online. And we’re not just talking about what products you can and can’t return. If you want to save money, make sure that returning the product doesn’t cost you more. Depending on the website you’re using, returns are charged at a rate, but some do allow no charge returns. So read the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment or extra costs that you weren’t expecting.
Download the app
To encourage you to shop anywhere and anytime, most websites have a mobile app. And by downloading these apps, you get regular rewards like exclusive discounts and voucher codes. So your first shopping experience using an app will not only be more convenient but will probably be discounted too – it’s a win-win!