Super Hacks For Cyber Shopaholics: How To Save Money When Shopping Online

The Internet has provided us with a lot of conveniences; with just a few clicks or taps, you can communicate with your friend living on the other side of the world. You can meet new people, get a job and do your work, and of course, do your regular shopping.

But many do not know that you can make the most of your time and money whenever you shop online.

  1. Stick to sites with free shipping.

Not sure what size would actually fit you? This would not be too much of a problem if you opt for free-shipping online shopping sites. This way, you can buy a certain product in more than one size, try them on, and return those that don’t fit well. Just don’t forget to check out the website’s return and exchange policies.

More than that, that $10-20 shipping fee can be used to buy another item or two instead, and if you do a lot of online shopping, these shopping fees combined could actually amount to a lot more.

If there are specialized online shopping sites that you religiously follow but do not give out free shipping, then make sure that you make the most of every shipping fee you pay for. Instead of purchasing from these websites in ones or twos, it would be a better idea to buy in bulk once every after few months, depending on the kind of items.

  1. Use coupons or promo/discount codes.

Just like Grab promo codes can lower the fare you pay for significantly, discount codes and other promo codes (such as free shipping codes) can also deduct a couple of dollars to even half of your total bill. This is why it might be a good idea to track your favorite online shopping sites’ news, updates, and social media pages and take not of their the newest promo and discount codes.

If the website provides an option to talk to or chat with a representative of the company, don’t just ignore that; rather, use this opportunity to ask for new codes that you might not have known from anywhere else.

  1. Benefit from the filter features of the shopping websites.

No need to go through those items beyond your shopping list or torture yourself seeing those designs you love but don’t have your size.

Other than saving time because you can find what you are looking for more easily with filters, it also means you are less likely to put items on your shopping lists that you did not really intend to buy in the first place.

Super Hacks For Cyber Shopaholics: How To Save Money When Shopping Online

  1. If you are unsure about buying certain items, like/put on a shopping cart or wish list without purchasing.

This provides leeway for you to rethink whether or not you really want or need these items and therefore, avoid binge shopping and overspending.

On top of that, you might also get discount offers for these specific items you left on your shopping cart. Consider as well, however, the possibility that these items may sell out, especially if they are already on sale.

  1. Don’t be fooled by the ‘sale’ hype.

Some shopping websites, like other actual shops, actually have a way of cheating you into binge buying their products under the illusion of “sale”. How do they do it? They inflate the prices of the items so that when they do their “big sales”, they don’t really lose; the “discounted” price is actually just the original price. Don’t be a victim of this and follow up with the next step…

  1. Do your research.

Trying out a new online shopping app or site? To make sure they are authorized to sell or ‘legit’ and to avoid scams, it might be a good idea to research first and check other shoppers’ experience of these shops.

Researching is also a good way to avoid being a victim of fake sales/discounts and to see which shop offers certain products at the lowest prices. Google can do the job, but you may also want to try out using apps like Price Grabber which will come in handy when online shopping.

  1. Buy discounted gift cards.

No promo or discount codes available? No problem! Another option is to purchase discounted gift cards (e.g. $20-worth gift card sold for $17 or less) can save you a couple of bucks! Try visiting websites like Cardpool and GiftCardGranny for these gift cards.

  1. Consider using your debit card instead.

There are actual pieces of evidence and studies on why people who mainly use a credit card when shopping tend to spend more than those who use cash; for one, it is much less painful to swipe our credit cards than to pick the bills from our wallets and pass it to the cashier. But when it comes to shopping online, we don’t always have the option to pay with cash when our products are delivered to our doorstep.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any other choice; for one, you can use your debit card so that your actual money is used rather than credited debts. You might also want to consider setting up a Paymaya or Paypal accounts; this way, you can simply transfer a certain amount of money to these accounts and avoid spending more than you plan or intend to.

Not only will this step help save you from yourself – particularly, your shopaholic self, – but it can also aid you in avoiding scams and continuous unwanted charges on your credit.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva

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