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Tips and Tricks to Reduce Your Online Shopping

I am a bibliophile who loves to read about new concepts and ideas. The next step almost always involves testing them out in real life.

My Tryst With Online Shopping

My shopping expenditure increased exponentially when online shopping came into the picture. I would browse for hours on end, looking at all the different products that were so easily accessible. I had all the products at my fingertips, making online shopping very convenient and cost-effective. With a couple of clicks, the product was mine (well, almost). All I did was now sit back and wait for the product to reach me in the comfort of my home. The thrill was real. I guess I was more fascinated by the ease of buying things than owning the products themselves.

My online shopping for non-essentials has reduced by over 60% compared to last year. The following 5 tips have helped me a great deal.

Tip #1 - Add to Cart but Do Not Buy

Do not give in to your desires the moment you see a product that you like.

So what should you do?

  • Add the product to cart, but do not buy: Add the product to cart, and tell yourself, you will think about buying it later. By doing this, I found out that, I was satisfied with the product being in my cart ready to buy, but I was less inclined to actually purchasing the product.
  • Keep the products in your cart for a few days: I usually keep them in my cart for a week before doing a review. This is to ensure I am not buying anything impulsively.
  • Question your wants: As you add more things, scan through the products and ask yourself “Which product is an absolute must-buy at the moment?” Essentials that you cannot function without. You will find that most of the items are non-essentials. Save them for later. Shopping sites like Amazon have this feature.
  • Review recently purchased products: If you are tempted to buy more clothes, ask yourself “How many recently purchased outfits have I never worn or used more than once?” If your mind shifts to a number of outfits, maybe it is not yet time to buy a new one. Remember, you can even make an old outfit look brand new by mixing and matching pieces.

Repeat the process each time you are about to buy something.

Tip #2 - Stop Browsing Shopping Sites or Social Media Pages

There are dozens of online shopping pages scattered all over the Internet. To ensure you don’t get tempted to spend money every time you see a product that you like, do the following steps.

  • Do not browse shopping sites: When you are bored, don’t browse online shopping websites. This is what most of us do and we end up mindlessly buying things.
  • Save or bookmark instead of following a page: When you see a social media shopping website, bookmark, or save them instead of following. If you follow a shopping page on social media, the constant posts on your feed are a sure shot road to temptation. You will end up buying something. Avoid following shopping pages as far as possible. You can keep them under a folder say “Shopping” and get back to those pages later on when you do actually need to shop. Social media websites like Instagram and Facebook have a “Save” feature that even allows you to save posts. Use them liberally.

Tip #3 - Find New Interesting Hobbies

Boredom can be injurious to your pocket’s health.

We all love looking at new products that have hit the market. With high-speed Internet nowadays, you can easily see what’s new in a couple of seconds. Why not use new-age technology to find fresh areas of interest when you are bored?

When your mind goes towards shopping, divert it in the direction of learning something new and interesting. Pick a topic and start doing extensive research on it. You will be amazed at how occupied you end up being with no time to think about online shopping.

Tip #4 - Choose a Designated Shopping Date

Select a date when you can do online shopping (non-essentials) every month. It could be the start, the mid or the end of every month. Stick to it. I prefer the end of the month because I would have paid off all my bills and done with almost all my expenses by then. I would be in a comfortable position to spend.

If your expenses have gone over-budget for the month, keeping your online shopping towards the end will also hold you back from overspending on online shopping.

Tip #5 - Add to Wish List and Wait for a Sale

All of us are familiar with this shopping trick in brick and mortar stores. It very well applies to online shopping as well.

Instead of buying immediately, wait for seasonal sales. You can get almost everything at reduced rates.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Kalpana Iyer

Comments

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 08, 2020:

Thank you, Denise! I am glad there are others who follow the same route when it comes to online shopping. It is something we get to learn on our own, but when you put it out there, you realize there are many others who follow the same. I find this fascinating and a reason to believe we are never alone when it comes to our thoughts.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 08, 2020:

These are good tips. I do leave items in my cart for sometimes 2 weeks before deciding I don't really need it or don't have the money for it now. Good advice.

Blessings,

Denise

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 08, 2020:

Interesting! Thank you so much, Brenda. Will look into it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 07, 2020:

Kalpana,

I shop mostly on smileamazon.com and I always get discounts sent to my email.

Check yours.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 07, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda! Yes, ordering online is very convenient. I have never gotten emails about discounts on items added to the cart. I mostly shop from Amazon. Maybe it goes to my promotions folder. Need to check that out.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

I do find it so easy to order online and have done so on many occasions.

I even have ordered cat food so I didn't have to drive outside in the winter months.

But I don't have enough extra money to worry about going overboard.

I have found though if I put an item in my basket...I get seversl emails with discounts.

Then I have to take a second look.

You have lots of great ideas here for people to cut back that temptation.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 05, 2020:

Thank you, Dora!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 05, 2020:

Great advice! We who live outside the USA can now shop with ease, especially from Amazon. These are great guidelines for us to follow.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 04, 2020:

Yes, Peggy, these tips are specially meant for non-essentials. It is very easy to go overboard when you shop online for them.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 04, 2020:

Thank you, Ankita. You are very kind.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 04, 2020:

Yes, Lorna, we all have been shopping online a lot lately. Can get addictive for some. Very important to not overdo it. Thank you for commenting.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 04, 2020:

Glad you liked them, Rosina. Thank you for commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2020:

Most of the online shopping we do these days is to order groceries for curbside pickup. Your tips are good ones for those who tend to purchase many other types of items online.

Ankita B on November 04, 2020:

This is nicely written and well-structured article. Yes, we should definitely keep track of our online shopping items and see that we do not buy non-essential items. Your tips are really helpful.

Lorna Lamon on November 04, 2020:

Great advice on how to get the best out of online shopping without buying unnecessary items. Lately I have been online shopping due to covid and restrictions. I will be following your advice Kalpana and thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on November 04, 2020:

Fabulous tips and tricks to reduce our online shopping, Kalpana. This is a good article where one learns to save money while browsing online. Thanks for the wonderful share.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 04, 2020:

Thank you, Chitrangada! Your comment means a lot to me.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 04, 2020:

Nice article and so relevant during the Pandemic times. Nowadays the people prefer online shopping, rather than going to the markets, due to obvious reasons.

Your tips and suggestions are spot on.

Thank you for sharing.