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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!