No mat­ter what you buy, smart online shop­ping is a real art. And on the eve of the hol­i­days, the desire to pick up the best gifts for your loved ones at the best prices is espe­cial­ly great. But it’s not with­out rea­son that there is a say­ing “Pre­pare a sleigh in the sum­mer”, it’s worth start­ing New Year’s shop­ping, espe­cial­ly when it comes to gifts, in advance. And we have select­ed a few rec­om­men­da­tions that will allow you not to mis­cal­cu­late the price and choose exact­ly what you want to put under the Christ­mas tree.

  1. Goods in pairs

You have prob­a­bly noticed repeat­ed­ly that almost every store offers relat­ed prod­ucts or rec­om­men­da­tions that allow you to reduce the price of both prod­ucts. You choose one prod­uct, and anoth­er one is offered for it with a small dis­count. You can get two free gifts and a dis­count if you pur­chase items in these pairs, so be on the look­out for deals like this and keep a close eye on what items you can buy in addi­tion.

  1. Stock

We are used to round­ing up the amounts we plan to spend on gifts and allo­cat­ing a rough bud­get, but this does not mean at all that we can­not afford to save. There­fore, before press­ing the cov­et­ed “buy” but­ton, be sure to look at the pro­mo­tions sec­tion — dis­counts from 10 to 75% are not uncom­mon today. Thus, you can receive a prod­uct as a gift and, per­haps, buy some­thing for your­self — it’s always nice.

  1. Leave the cart

Nev­er rush to buy a prod­uct. It’s not with­out rea­son that we advised you to start shop­ping in advance, and here’s why: if you select an item and put it in the bas­ket, and then go about your busi­ness and for­get about it for, say, a few days, there is a good chance that the next time you open your mail­box , there will be a let­ter from the store offer­ing a dis­count or a spe­cial pro­mo code. This tech­nique often allows you to get bonus­es, and it is ben­e­fi­cial for both the sell­er and the buy­er.

  1. Buy goods in one store

In order not to get con­fused and save on ship­ping, it is most con­ve­nient to buy goods of the same sub­ject in one store. In this case, you can use all the pre­vi­ous tricks in the same way. If you pre­fer self-deliv­ery to deliv­ery, then in this case, one trip for sev­er­al goods at once will cost less and turn out to be more ratio­nal than a com­plex route with sev­er­al stops.

  1. Sub­scribe to newslet­ters

Stores like to have a lot of address­es in their mail­ing list, and buy­ers like to receive infor­ma­tion about dis­counts and pro­mo­tions. And the most con­ve­nient way in this case is to sub­scribe to the newslet­ter. This will allow you to keep track of infor­ma­tion about select­ed prod­ucts, as well as mes­sages about new prod­ucts, pro­mo­tions, com­pe­ti­tions, and so on. Some­times, this way you can get a big dis­count! And dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, this will be even more use­ful.

  1. Black Fri­day

Before the new year, in Novem­ber, there is anoth­er very good oppor­tu­ni­ty to buy gifts at low prices. Black Fri­day has become espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar in the last few years. Despite the fact that in the West it is asso­ci­at­ed with Thanks­giv­ing, which we do not cel­e­brate, the very idea of ​​​​a day ded­i­cat­ed to big dis­counts quick­ly attract­ed retail­ers and gave shop­pers the chance to pur­chase long-desired goods, whether they be gifts or just house­hold items, with very afford­able price tag. This sale can be tracked on the store’s web­sites and through mail­ing lists.

  1. Pay atten­tion to bonus pro­grams

Very often, we do not pay due atten­tion to addi­tion­al user pages on online shop­ping sites. And very in vain — often, they can show up prof­itable bonus and loy­al­ty pro­grams that allow you to accu­mu­late an impres­sive dis­count and use it lat­er to buy gifts for loved ones.

  1. Par­tic­i­pate in draws

Sell­ing com­pa­nies quite often announce sweep­stakes and con­tests. And this is also a good oppor­tu­ni­ty to pro­vide your­self and, pos­si­bly, oth­ers, with gifts. If a pur­chase cer­tifi­cate is raf­fled off, you can suc­cess­ful­ly reduce your spend­ing with it. If a dis­count is drawn, you have a chance to use it for its intend­ed pur­pose.

  1. Use the option “found cheap­er?”

Price is the eter­nal cor­ner­stone of com­pe­ti­tion. And not just because many stores offer their users to report a sim­i­lar prod­uct found at a low­er price. Most of the time, we just don’t pay atten­tion to this fea­ture, but if we have big pur­chas­es com­ing up, an extra dis­count does­n’t hurt. This is espe­cial­ly true for those who pre­fer to buy every­thing in a par­tic­u­lar store or, for exam­ple, are going to pur­chase sev­er­al prod­ucts, but the price of one of them does not quite meet expec­ta­tions. In such cas­es, the func­tion “found cheap­er?” turns out to be more con­ve­nient than ever.

  1. See not only mono-brand stores

The basis of good shop­ping, espe­cial­ly pre-hol­i­day shop­ping, is care­ful mar­ket research. If we already know what we want to buy, the first thing we usu­al­ly do is go to the site of a high­ly spe­cial­ized store where goods of this brand are sold. How­ev­er, it is best to look more close­ly, because in large stores the pric­ing pol­i­cy is often much more flex­i­ble, and the same prod­uct may be cheap­er. There­fore, it is bet­ter to spend a lit­tle more time, but save more mon­ey.

  1. Buy on your birth­day

Birth­day is a won­der­ful hol­i­day that involves gifts. But if you love bar­gains, don’t miss out on this day when plan­ning your hol­i­day shop­ping. Many stores offer a birth­day dis­count, so why not take advan­tage of this and pre­pare ahead of time for the upcom­ing hol­i­days?

  1. Clear your brows­er his­to­ry

But this secret — from expe­ri­enced buy­ers. Some online stores offer low­er prices for those who vis­it the site for the first time. This is not a com­mon occur­rence, but just in case, you should have this trick in your pre-hol­i­day arse­nal: clear your his­to­ry, cook­ies and brows­er cache, or even use mul­ti­ple IPs to always be a new cus­tomer on a new site.

  1. Fol­low indi­vid­ual prod­ucts

If you know exact­ly what you want to give as a gift, start track­ing the prod­uct in advance so as not to miss pos­si­ble pro­mo­tions and dis­counts that apply specif­i­cal­ly to this prod­uct.

  1. Allo­cate your bud­get ahead of time

We have already not­ed that prepa­ra­tions and pur­chas­es should begin in advance. So, the same goes for the hol­i­day bud­get. Allo­cate in advance the amount that you plan to spend, and based on it, start pick­ing up gifts. Do not be afraid to look not only at pop­u­lar and brand­ed prod­ucts, but also at ana­logues. So, for exam­ple, if you decide to buy an Android smart­phone as a gift, pay atten­tion to our lists of top smart­phones, where you can find out all the sub­tleties, price cat­e­gories and char­ac­ter­is­tics of devices. So you can make a qual­i­ty choice with­out chas­ing the most expen­sive brands.

  1. Let oth­ers choose

If you don’t know what to give, the eas­i­est way is to give a choice. A gift cer­tifi­cate is a great gift that will allow you to set a bud­get in advance and cater to all the require­ments and tastes of the per­son you are prepar­ing a sur­prise for. It’s always nice to get what you like!

We hope that our tips will help you pre­pare for the hol­i­days in the most ratio­nal way!