Online Shopping Hacks To Save You Time & Money
Online shopping is on the rise and while it’s a super convenient way to shop (I love it) there are a few simple tricks that are guaranteed to help you avoid any pitfalls and will also save you time and money. So today I’m super excited to share my tried-and-tested tips on shopping smarter online. Take a look at the video below and scroll down for more details.
1. MANAGE DELIVERY
If you’re sick of getting those annoying courier cards left because you’re not around to sign for your packages then it’s time to take matters into your own hands. NZ Post has a range of new delivery options which I’ve recently trialled and can totally vouch for.
PARCEL COLLECT – you can now collect your parcels from selected locations across New Zealand including participating supermarkets, petrol stations and NZ Post retailers. So if you’re never home, then simply register for a free Parcel Collect address to get your parcels delivered somewhere handy and pick them up when you’re doing the groceries or gassing up your car.
PARCEL LEAVE – lets you remove the requirement to obtain a signature on NZ Post/CourierPost parcels so the courier can leave your parcel in a specific (safe) spot on your property – it might be under your BBQ or wherever is safe – but you can decide. Pretty cool right?
PARCEL REDIRECT – this one gives you the option to redirect your parcel when it’s in transit. So if you need an item when you’re not at home you can redirect it on the run, as long as it’s within 75km of the original delivery address.
The key is to take charge of your delivery. To find out more about the above new services visit NZ Post
Above: I collected these new C+M jeans from my local Countdown supermarket and gave NZ Post authority to leave this Glassons top at my front door. I also bought a cool new top from Seed Heritage which I got redirected to a friend’s house where I was staying for the weekend. That’s what I call taking charge of your delivery!
2. NEVER PAY RETAIL
My mantra for many years has been: never pay full retail and the same applies to online shopping. Before I buy anything online I will do a little google search for discount codes for that retailer. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to find these codes and you can save yourself big bucks seriously.
3. SHOP ON THE RIGHT DAY
Start your online shopping on a Wednesday for the best deals and the largest selections. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are the most popular days for retailers to roll out sales and discount codes. Yes you heard it here first.
4. LEAVE BEFORE BUYING
If you are not sure about an item, put it in your cart and leave the site without completing the purchase. Sometimes brands will reach out to you with a special discount. Just make sure you have an account set up with them before you click off the site. If you start your checkout as a “guest” instead of registering, then they won’t know who you are or how to get in touch with you. Also, make sure you click the “OK to contact me about sales and special offers” option when you register.
5. ASK FOR DISCOUNTS
The next time a little dialogue box pops up asking if you would like to chat with someone at the company, don’t just close it. Say hello and ask if they have any promo codes they can share with you. Often, they have access to deals that you might not find anywhere else. Remember if you don’t ask you don’t get.
6. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Make a shopping list of what you’d love to buy and then whip on over to a larger site that sells multiple brands to see who has what you want for the best price. I always visit Polyvore and search for the item I want to buy and it will tell me if it’s available elsewhere for less.
7. FOLLOW YOUR FAVOURITE BRANDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Often brands will feature special discounts on their social media accounts that are not offered anywhere else. So be sure to follow your faves on Instagram and Facebook.
Do you have any online shopping tips and tricks to share? I’ve love to hear about them in the comments below.
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Thanks to NZ Post for sponsoring this story.