If you want to get the best deals on your shopping, without stepping outside the door, there are some great savings you can make by doing it all online. Some hot tips to remember before you begin your shopping are:
Be aware of the timing of sales
It’s a good idea to think about the times of the year when you will get the best deals. At this time of the year, the prices tend to be hiked up as people are starting to do their Christmas shopping. However, if you wait until just after Christmas, between the 26th December and right the way through to January, you will see lots of sales starting. At this time, retailers will be aware of how well they’ve done over the festive period, and many will be frantically dropping their prices in order to raise their profits.
Make a List
Prior to beginning your sales shopping, you should always make a list of everything you are looking for. It can be too tempting to rush in head first and buy items which you don’t really need, and more often than not, you will end up forgetting about what you are actually shopping for. Work out your budget beforehand too, so you don’t end up over spending.
Look on comparison websites
Once you have decided on the items you need, it is sensible to compare the prices of different retailers. There are various price comparison websites, which will do all the work for you. All you have to do is enter the details of your shopping list, and it will let you know the best prices. There is nothing more frustration than buying something, and then realising that another retail outlet is charging half the price for it. Savvy sales shoppers will always ensure they get the best deal out there. Always keep in mind that most retailers are crying out for customers at the moment, so there is a lot of competition going on.
Use familiar retailers
One of the problems with shopping online is you have to wait (and hope) for your goods arriving on time, or at all. Nothing is guaranteed with online shopping, and usually it is quite safe, but it’s advisable to only use stores which you are familiar with. If you use stores you have shopped with before and trust, you’ll have more peace of mind that your shopping will arrive at the given time.
Look our for shopping vouchers
These days, there are loads of vouchers and coupons offering great deals and money off for selected stores. You can sign up to money saving sites, or simply do a Google search on ‘money off vouchers’ for your selected store(s.) When you get to the checkout, you will be asked for a code, and the discount will be applied to your total cost. Some retailers may not offer this on sales shopping, but it’s always worth a try.
As you don’t have the opportunity to try on the goods when you online shop, it is essential that you hold on to your receipt, in case you need to return anything. Again, some stores may not allow you to return items you bought in the sale, but some will, so always hold onto these. This may be in the form of an email, or a confirmation order number you receive when you have completed your shop.