- Make a shopping list
An obvious reminder, but time-saving. Predetermine what you want to buy, so you can save a lot of time by buying the best offer for that product with pocket money, instead of having to browse other websites/categories aimlessly to make transactions.
- Compare product prices
After confirming your purchase, you can check various price comparison sites, and even use browser extensions to compare the prices of items on major shopping portals. Some people also mentioned details of any other offers offered by banks/merchants, which can help you save money when shopping online.
- Cash back, discount, coupon code
Most shopping sites have established partnerships with one or more banks when conducting major online sales. Whether it is credit card discounts or cash back, or even EMI discounts, credit or debit cards can be used. In addition to these, there are also special coupon websites. If you purchase goods through their websites or referral links, these websites will share some affiliate commissions with you. However, please make sure you always check the terms and conditions before choosing to use these offers:
- a) It is always advisable to offer discounts (reducing the purchase price) in advance
- b) If cash back is offered, please check how much time will be deposited into your account/card
- c) Check if the cash back will be credited to your wallet account through the portal instead of a credit/debit card
- d) If shopping is done through its mobile app on the shopping website v/s, the difference in discount/cashback value
- e) Check if multiple offers can be combined at the same time (discount + cash back)
- Offers, cash back and bonus points on your credit/debit card or wallet
Regardless of the partnership with the shopping site, if you use a credit/debit card of a certain amount or more within a certain period of time or each transaction, the bank may continue to provide discounts. These can be in the form of discounts, cash back, shopping vouchers, movie tickets, etc., or even reward points.
New wallets and payment apps will continue to send emails and offer notifications (if payment is made through their app). Check the "Offers" section of these apps for the latest shopping offers.
You can also set up labels or filters to track such emails to get the most value when shopping online during the sale.
- Set up price alerts
Some online shopping sites have features that can help you compare prices and set reminders for products you are interested in, and will notify you when the price reaches that level. You can also use third-party applications and browser extensions for this.
- Free shipping is a reward
The money saved per rupee when shopping.
Check whether the product you purchased is free to ship or requires payment. Some websites allow free shipping for their premium customers, while in other cases, you can check if the seller provides the service by clicking the "More Offers" button on the product page. This will also show whether the seller shows a lower purchase price but a higher delivery fee, thereby canceling any actual cost advantage.
- Check online shopping communities
There are dedicated sites that can display transactions on shopping sites, and there are interactive forums where members can share transactions and post feedback about products. These can help to get another point of view, especially when deals that seem too good to be realized do exist-or when there are certain issues (old versions, discontinued products, etc.).
- Use your social network and circle of friends
If you are active on Facebook and Twitter, there are multiple Pages and Twitter handles to share interesting transactions at any time. In addition, if you have narrowed your search for a particular product, seeking opinions on social media or in your circle of friends can help verify your choice, and may even suggest higher or lower priced alternatives.
- Check product reviews
Although this is important, it is also largely subjective, because methods that work for others can undermine your interests and vice versa. In addition, there are still irrelevant or false reviews on some shopping websites, so please read the reviews carefully to check if there are real problems with the product. You can also check other websites that post reviews online to get an overall and fair review of the product.
- "There will always be better offers in the future"
This may be correct or incorrect, because product prices are constantly changing-the key is to determine whether you really want to buy immediately or you can wait, be satisfied with the price and then buy. Avoid the temptation to buy something just because there is a deal or an offer.