Crack the online shopping code!

Here are some simple hacks that’ll make you a smart online shopper.

Put it in your cart and then leave it there

When you’re unsure about an item, put it in your cart and leave the site without completing the purchase. Brands may reach out to you with a special discount.

Create an email specifically for mailing lists

Being on brands’ mailing lists updates you on all the latest offers and discounts which can help you shop accordingly. However, they can fill up your inbox easily making it more annoying than useful. The solution? Create a new email account meant solely for your shopping needs.

Don’t believe the sale hype

Sites sometimes inflate the prices of an item to make it look you’re saving money when sales hit, however, you’re likely to be paying the starting prices anyway.

Try thrifting

Online thrift stores are everywhere, and more often than not you can find great quality clothing for half the original price. Sure, searching and combing through them may take time, but with most thrift stores being small you can request images of the item and enquire in great detail before making a purchase decision.

Read the reviews

Never shop without reviews, even the most trustworthy brands may not always meet the mark. Plus, you can find great information that simple item bios won’t tell you. Like how the dress would actually fit on your 5’2 frame rather than on a 5’11 model.

Check the size chart

Sizes vary from brand to brand and even minute differences can make a huge difference in fittings.

Chat with the bots

Don’t close those pop-up bots, while annoying the bots not only can help streamline your shopping experience but may also offer discounts and coupons.

Shop on Wednesdays

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are the most popular days for retail brands to roll out sales and discounts.

(Contributed by Nikhita H.)

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