Considering the fact that many Indians now will be shifting more and more of their purchase online, it becomes significant that we learn ways to save money when shopping via our smartphones and computers. With Diwali and other festive celebrations knocking on our door, there will also be various discounts, irresistible deals, and free gifts to lure customers. Let’s make the best of the big fat festive season sale.
We have put together the best and smartest ways to save money whenever you click that buy button.
Buy via cashback websites and use coupon and promo codes
Cashback websites pay their members some percentage of the money they earn when a customer buys anything using their affiliate link. Before buying anything, always check whether you can get cashback on your purchase on cashback sites.
Another way is by using coupons and promo codes. You can find such coupons and codes to help you save big on every product you add to your cart.
Use Credit/Debit Cards and Wallet Offers
Credit and Debit cards, as well as Wallet offers, add to the charm of shopping online. Most of the banks like SBI, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and wallets like Paytm, Amazon Pay, etc., tie-up with online sites to offer lucrative benefits like Additional Discount on the usage of Debit Cards, Reward Points on Credit Cards, and Cashback on the use of Wallets.
Shoppers can even use Cashback Credit Cards to pay and earn cashback into their credit card. More so, if you make a payment via Credit Cards, in case of returns, you will get your refunds faster than other modes of payment. Clubbed with Coupon Codes and Extra Cashback, these exclusive offers can help you save even more.
This is one of the best hacks that you can swear by. Many websites allow you to ease price protection. This means that you get a price guarantee in case the prices of a product you purchase drop within a specified duration after you shopped for it. For instance, Amazon allows its users a 15-day price guarantee which is available on selected products and sellers during the Great Indian Festival Sale. In case, you shop for something from a seller during this sale and spot a reduction in its price during the sale period, you will be refunded the difference amount in the form of Amazon Pay cash.
‘Tell Us About a Lower Price’
A lot of websites allow you to report lower prices for a product and sort-of to match the price with the competing website. You can spot the ‘Lower Price’ link on the product page itself. Simply, click on it and follow the instructions that appear on your screen. For the next few days, monitor the product, and you can get the benefit of the website decides to lower the product price depending upon your information.
Google’s ‘Compare the Price’
Google has recently rolled out its price comparison feature. If you’ve been eying a product for long, simply, head over to Google and click on the ‘Shopping’ tab. Enter the name of the product you wish to buy and watch the universally acknowledged search engine hunt the best deal for you.
Save Big on Weekly Offers
While most shoppers are familiar with a hack to get flight tickets at the lowest prices on Sundays, only a few of them know that online websites offer an incredible amount of discount and bring in lucrative deals on other specific days of the week too. Most websites roll out these discounts and deals on days like Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I too shop from one such sale by Mamaearth that happens every Wednesday, often with a Buy 1 Get 1 offer. If you have noticed, most websites also offer flash sales at a specific time of the day during the festive season. These sales mostly happen during prime time i.e. from 8:00 PM and last until 10:00 PM.
Stay on a Budget
While it may sound obvious and simple, it isn’t for a lot of people. Determining a set budget for everything helps you set clear intentions for what you can buy. This will help you cut out on extra products that might be somewhere in the back of your mind for a long time. More so, sticking to a pre-defined budget will also enable you to focus on the right deals for the products on your wishlist.
Use Gift Cards
Gift Cards are a perfect way to make payments for your online orders. On most occasions, including festivals, people gift these cash cards to their near and dear ones. While they may seem to be pretty compact to shop for a huge amount, these gift cards can help you save your hard-earned cash. Apart from gifting, these gift cards can also be purchased online or as we say, redeemed using rewards and cashback.
We are sure that while shopping using these hacks, you will be able to save a lot on your online purchase. Moreover, you will be able to shop at any time of the year without further ado or waiting for the festive sales to begin.
This article is written by Swati Bhargava, Co-Founder, CashKaro & EarnKaro.