A simple word ‘shopping’ covers completely opposite reactions from shoppers i.e. the pleasure of buying but also the fear of putting a big hole in the pocket. Nevertheless, if there is a big festival like Dussehra, Diwali, Eid, Christmas or Holi round the corner, then this fear is conveniently kept aside while the whole concentration is to splurge on things that can range from as expensive as buying a house or jewellery to purchasing a gadget, appliance or fashionable garments.
With a major festival like Diwali around, if you are planning to do some festive shopping through online or offline medium and that too without bursting your budget like a cracker, then we bring to you some tips that will prove to be very handy while shopping.
1. Decide What You Want to Buy
Festive season means discounts, sales and chances to get products at a great bargain. However, that does not mean you get carried away and a buy a product impulsively and then sulk and repent. To avoid this situation, it is better to know what you intend to buy beforehand. There are many things one wishes to spend their money on. But there are also quite a few things that are always on top of a shopping list. For example, if you have many options and discount sales accessible, then you can always ask yourself questions like ‘where will you wear this?’ or ‘where will I use it?’ etc. This will help you achieve the very first tip to smart shopping i.e. decide what you want to buy with your hard earned extra money and stick to it, irrespective of any lucrative deal advertised in any form.
2. Be in Control Of Your Budget
After deciding what you want to buy, it is crucial that you outline or fix a budget for it. If you are going to buy your product through a retailer in a known shopping area, then do not hesitate to bargain or negotiate for the product you intend to buy. However if you feel that the product exceeds your budget or the retailer is not budging or you are simply not getting the best deal, then the rule is simple. Do not waste time your time there. Remember, it is a festive season. There are ample retailers and stores in the market who might offer you the same products at discounted prices. Step out of the store and try them instead.
3. Online Shopping & Festive Sales
Online shopping is quite popular during festive season. So, make a point to check for products at popular e-commerce sites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Myntra, Shopclues, Ebay, etc. These online marketing sites have their festive shopping sales for limited number of days, where products from different brands are brought to you under one roof and that too at discounts ranging from 10% to a whopping 80%. Also, their easy to select and shop facility, free shipping on major products and easy return and refund policy is a great a boon for a shopper, in the midst of preparing for the festivity. So go online and check these reputed sites (beware of fraudulent sites or lesser known sites) and try a hand at online retail therapy.
4. Compare Prices, Read Product Reviews
Now, if you are buying a dress from an apparel store, then you can always see and feel the fabric. However if you are planning to buy the same from an online store, then ratings and reviews from users are what you should look for. This is just an example. Apart from clothes, there are a number of reviews online on books, smartphones, computers, beauty products, grooming kits, kitchen appliances, sports gears, etc. that help a buyer to know about the product and also where the product is available for sale at a comparatively lower price. Also, verified user reviews at e-commerce sites are quite helpful. Read such product reviews to get a better picture about the branded product you intend to buy. This will help you decide if want to buy the product of a certain brand or go for something else.
5. Offers from Banks/Merchants
Words like offers, deals, sales and discounts are not just applicable to products and commodities that are sold online and offline. Quite a few established banks and wallets like PayTm, PayU Money, etc. offer cashback offers during festive season. Also, major banks and merchants have tie ups with shopping sites where they offer cashbacks, reward points and/or discounts when you use their debit/credit card or promo codes or coupons during online transaction. This means that the final price of your purchased product further gets reduced at the time of payment. Hence, keep checking for these offers and avail them at the time of purchase.
Hope these tips prove useful to you at the time of shopping. So, less fretting and Happy Shopping!