Before we continue in the series and purchase some products, I wanted to share some tips for shopping online. Not only could it possibly save you some cash but earn you some cash back as well to shop even more. Whilst these tips are mostly applicable to international shopping, nothing stops you from using these tips when shopping locally. If you missed the first parts in this series, you can catch up on them here before you continue.
This is the number one thing I look for when shopping online internationally. Since I know I have to pay Aramex shipping to get the products to SA, I definitely don’t want to have to pay for shipping twice. Also, sometimes the shipping fees are basically the price of another product. It makes me feel like I’m throwing money away. A lot of websites offer free shipping if you spend over a certain amount which may seem like a great thing but I’ll tell you in the upcoming customs post why it’s not.
We all love a good sale but the ones done overseas are a million times better. Most of the time you’ll find products on sale on every single website you visit. The ones you want to save and look out for are the ‘Friends and Family’ sales done by brands such as Kiehls, Tarte, IT Cosmetics, MAC and Makeup For Ever to name a few. These sales are usually 25%-40% off and more and you can pick up your favourites at a fraction of the price.
The biggest sale of the year is hands down Black Friday. If you haven’t heard about it, you must be living under a rock. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (which is the 4th Thursday of November) marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping period. Whilst there is a lot of other history behind Black Friday, all you need to know is to save for it. Sales go up to 70% off and this includes cosmetics, fashion, appliances and electronics. If you really want to get value for money, make a list of items you want and splurge all at once.
I wasn’t sure whether to include this but Cyber Monday is the Monday that follows after Black Friday. The discounts are highest on these two days but it varies per brand which day is more.
When you visit a website for the first time, you’ll most likely get a pop-up box asking to subscribe to the newsletter. DO IT! Not only will you be notified of upcoming launches and promotions, but you will most likely get a code for moola off your first purchase. I have compiled a list of sign-up and discount codes for my favourite brands so subscribe to my blog for exclusive access to the entire list.
Apart from occasional sales, sign-up codes and free shipping, you’ll almost always find discount codes floating around on the web. All you need to do is go on to Google, type the brand/company followed by the words discount/voucher/promo code and filter the results within the last week/month.
Another thing to look out for when shopping online is value sets. If I want to try out a product for the first time, I’ll search for a value set so I can try out a deluxe sample before I buy the full size while getting to try out multiple products from the brand. Plus, the value of the sets are usually way higher than the actual purchase price so definitely getting a good bang for your buck. Thereafter, I can purchase a full size if I do end up liking it.
Then you get websites such as Wikibuy that take a lot of the hard work out for you. Instead of searching each site for sales and discount codes, you are able to search for items on Wikibuy and it will compare prices from sites such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart and more, to show you who’s offering the best deal. I’d recommend using them if you’re looking for electronics, furniture or even props for your pictures. Plus you get $5 credit to your account when you refer friends to purchase from them too.
Let’s talk about rebates. Basically, a rebate is a refund for the money you have spent on certain items. So now you can get money back when buying makeup. I recommend eBates because they are affiliated with multiple brands beauty junkies know and love. They also have a Google Chrome extension which notifies you when you are shopping on a site that offers eBates back. Once you’ve shopped enough and have accumulated enough cashback, you can spend it again on more products or have it paid out into your PayPal account.
And lastly, if you’re looking at purchasing items from multiple brands, look for stores that stock them together. Since we can’t shop at Sephora and Ulta (I explained why in this post), we can use stores such as Cult Beauty, SpaceNK and Dermstore to name a few.
So those are my tips and tricks for shopping online. I know it’s a lot to take in but once you get the hang of it you’ll be a crazed shopaholic just like I am.
Disclaimer: Again, I take no responsibility for how you use this information if it burns a hole in your wallet and you end up picking lipstick between your teeth because you didn’t have money for food lol.
Love you lots. Happy Shopping!
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