E-shopping is taking over the world by storm, and I’ll admit I’ve been hit too. I shop a lot Online, and in Bulk. And I’ve been doing it for the last couple years now.
Well over the years, I did pickup couple “factors” which when analyzed brought to my attention how I’ve been a “bad” online shopper.
So it hit me, if that could happen to me, I’m sure it has happened to you too. So I’ll just scribble down the habits here for you, and if you’ve any one of them, I suggest you quit it right away.
Paying for Delivery Charges:-
First of all, what’s the use of shopping online if you’ve got to pay for delivery charges? You might as well get the item from the Market.
Secondly, if you notice, a lot of times the individual shipping cost on 3-4 products actually adds up to be more than any one product, so it becomes something like “buy 3, pay for 4” thing.
And third, instead of paying for shipping, if you just take a bit of notice to the T&C of the platforms you’re using, you might save quite a bit of money.
For eg. Flipkart doesn’t charge you delivery charges if the item price is 500INR, so better to pay 500 and no delivery, rather than getting a 300 INR product, with bad quality and paying 150 as shipping charges.
Subscribing to a LOT of Newsletters:-
Subscribing to Newsletters does keep me updated with any new sale of flash deal that comes my way.
But honestly, for 3-4 sale-days in the whole year, I’ve to bear with around a thousand E-mails in total around the year from those E-commerce platforms.
It’s a good habit to subscribe to newsletters and save money, but not so good when you randomly do it for any platform, selling any kind of product.
So the best way to go about this is, just subscribe to selected portals, maybe 3-4 platforms including Flipkart, Amazon and Alibaba are enough.
Not Using Coupons:-
I’ve almost totally come over this habit by now, but it surely was a money-spender.
I didn’t use coupons earlier, just went in, searched for the products, and bought them straight away. Only then I figured out the power of doing a simple Google search for something like UrbanClap Coupons.
Point is, there almost always is a deal going on. They might not always be promoted publicly for limited seats or something like that.
So the best way is to always use coupon sites, or atleast hit up a simple Google search before buying something off a platform. You can easily search for terms like Flipkart Coupons, voonik discount coupons etc before landing on the portals directly.
It’s something I still do, and I regret it. Whenever I’m feeling distressed or sad, I hit up an E-commerce portal and buy something that interests me (something which I don’t actually need!)
It does feel good at the moment, but well not so much a month later when I take a look at my bank passbook or debit card statement.
So my advice? If you aren’t feeling extremely chirpy, go out, get some air, but in no condition take it out on your bank balance.
I believe that’s “more than needed” pointing fingers from me. And well let me tell you, I myself was a “consumer” to these habits so nope I’m, not pointing out your flaws.
I’m just admitting mine, and giving you a way out. These aren’t the “best money saver” tips, but they sure as well will save you couple bucks which add up to quite a bit in the long run.