Online shopping has become a rage in India and is catching up big time. It’s not surprising, with the number of sales and festive offers during the year. Though online shopping provides you with convenience and discounts, there are some handy tips that will help you save that extra money while shopping online.
- Shopping list
This may seem an obvious point but often gets neglected by shoppers. Aimless scrolling on shopping sites results in waste of time and buying things you don’t need. Decide what to buy beforehand to zero in on the best offer for that product.
- Research on Product Prices
Check out sites and apps offering Deals daily to compare prices of products that you want to buy. Some sites, forums and apps also provide additional offers from banks/merchants which can help to save money when shopping online.
- Shop during Festive Season
When you shop is as important as what you shop. If you know that a particular product category has big offers during a festive period, you might as well postpone your purchase till then, if you can.
- Cashbacks, discounts and coupon codes
Most shopping sites have partnerships with one or more banks during major online sales. There are also dedicated coupon sites which share some of their affiliate commission with you if the purchase is made via their website or referral link. Remember to check the terms and conditions for these offers. Upfront Discounts are preferable. Check a Cashback for the time it takes to be credited, and whether it is credited to your wallet account with the portal instead of your credit/debit card. In addition, check if you can combine offers (discount + cashback) at one time to get the best deal.
- Reward points on card
Keep a track of ongoing offers your Bank provides on using credit/debit card during a certain period, or for a transaction above a particular amount. These could be in the form of discounts, cashbacks, movie tickets, vouchers, bonus reward points etc.
- Apps for Offers
Payment Apps and some other Apps on a constant basis share e-mails and notifications for offers if payment is made through their App. Check the Deals & Offers section in those Apps and look out for trending offers. You can also set a filter to keep track of these e-mails to ensure you never miss out on a great offer. Always save the purchase bill/GST Invoice you receive with your delivered package. This has a unique identification no. (which your online bill does not have) which is mandatory for claiming warranty. You can easily save this bill digitally on select Apps.
- Shipping Charges
Every penny counts while shopping. So, it’s important to take into account the delivery or shipping charges while comparing product prices. It’s preferable to opt for products with Free Shipping.
- Leverage Social Media
Word of Mouth is a very powerful tool and plays an important role in online shopping. There are several Facebook Pages and Twitter Handles that share attractive Deals on a regular basis. Checking for opinions and reviews from your social circle as well as on websites is a great way of zeroing down on best deals.
So continue your quest for the best and do save in the process with these handy tips. Happy Shopping!