My favorite holiday is coming up, Thanksgiving which then means cyber Monday soon follows. Although you think you’re saving money because it was a great buy, did you really? Here’s how to shop smarter online.
1. Make a list of needs and a contrasting lists of wants
95% of the purchases we make aren’t really necessities. Okay that’s probably not the exact statistic (I know I read the right one somewhere), but it’s pretty close. Really want to save money? Cut out that Starbucks coffee that you “need” everyday.
2. Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good buy
I remember learning this when I was younger and thinking ‘shopping can be hard.” Well it’s true. Just because it’s like 80% off doesn’t mean you have to buy it.
3. Browse ahead of time
Window shopping can be beneficial, especially if you’re on a site that has so. many. sections. (overwhelm, much?). I see shopping as a recreational activity, but it can be stressful. Browsing ahead of time and already knowing what you want won’t overwhelm you. Then…
4. Leave what you want in your cart and come back later
Sometimes this doesn’t work, but sometimes a site gives a discount if you have items in your cart and you didn’t finish checking out. ~*Bonus*~ if you really love the company- sign up to their email list, they offer discounts galore! I know this site offers a discount if you leave stuff in your cart.
5. Do your research
When bloggers, celebrities or even brands post something that they recommend or is favorite I really take it to heart. I also I looove reading reviews! I like to see what the product is like in your day to day life before I bite the bullet and get it.
6. Write out a budget
I used to think that having a budget while you’re shopping is like going to a buffet when you’re on a diet. Now I’m not saying blow your entire paycheck when you shop, but I’m not saying be a scrooge either. So what am I saying? Sit down and write out what you want to spend.
Remember these questions also:
Do I really need this?
Will I use/wear this in a few months?
Why am I buying this?