Shopping has evolved a lot with the advent of e-commerce websites and easy availability of products at the physical stores. Many people dread the thought of shopping while some consider shopping as a stress buster. As the saying goes ‘Whoever says money cannot buy happiness, probably doesn’t know where to shop’. Such is the impact of shopping on the human mind, which craves for materialistic things (oh yeah, a fact of life).
As far as money is concerned, shopping skills need to be enhanced to grab the right deals and save some money. Let’s check out some pointers to improve your shopping skills.
· Checking terms and conditions of the Brand, Sale or Store
The terms and conditions printed in uber small letters, which we often ignore, should be read carefully. Cashback, vouchers, or discounts are valid only on a particular cart value amount.
· Read the discount offered carefully
Know the difference between ‘Upto 51% off’ and ‘Flat 51% off’. Flat 51% off is usually on select merchandise. Most offers are on old stock as a stock clearance idea.
· Enroll for loyalty and/or cashback programs
Loyalty programs help you earn some bucks (on card value) which otherwise you won’t earn while spending. You can redeem the points earned on your next shopping. Ask for enrollment in the stores where you shop often.
· Shopping sensibly, never emotionally
Buying a nice dinner set on display may be a good choice in the store, only to realise it later that you hardly needed it. Preparing a list is always a good thing while shopping for necessities.
· Make a list of things which you need to buy
Jotting down the things which you need to buy, helps in organising as well as identifying your needs. Take time to think and then decide which all things you need to buy.
· Plan your shopping in advance
Don’t shop in a hurry when the time is running out else you may shop for unnecessary things, only to fret about them later.
· Check and compare prices online
It’s better to check and compare prices online while buying electronic gadgets. Gone are the days when we used to think that electronics sold online, are fake. Many e-commerce websites offer huge discounts on electronic products as well have easy refund and return policies.
· Grab coupon codes and use them
When shopping online, make sure to visit the websites which offer discount coupons. Discount coupons provide extra savings on your cart value. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.
Make use of discounts being offered sites like Amazon during the festive season. So to wrap up the post, it’s always good to shop by planning smartly and grab the right deals for products. And also keep in mind that each ongoing sale, in-store or online, doesn’t call for a shopping spree.