Top shopping hacks from finder.com.au
Christmas has arrived and 'tis the season to be completely overwhelmed by the amount of shopping you still have to do. finder.com.au is here to help with our list of shopping hacks to ease the stress.
Christmas shopping has become an increasingly frustrating experience for all Australians. And its only getting worse - according to the RBA, in 2012 Australians spent over $23 billion on their credit cards in the peak December Christmas shopping period. The $713 million increase from the previous year's spend shows the growing number of people we have to deal with when trying to get our own presents. Between trying to find a parking spot and being shoved and pushed down aisles in an attempt to find these elusive gifts, we have all been asking ourselves, 'surely, there must be an easier way?'
The team here at finder.com.au is here to perform a Christmas miracle with our definitive list of Christmas shopping hacks.
Hack #1: Be a dealer
30 percent of Australia's Christmas shopping is expected to be online. There are a lot of benefits to online shopping; stores that never close that ease the purchase of last minute gifts; the convenience of delivery; and the choice of coupon codes, which are plentiful and easy to come by. For instance, finder.com.au lists 446 shopping promo codes from over 192 online retailers. These offers mean you can get up to 70 percent off your order, free shipping and a host of other great perks, just by copying and pasting.
Hack #2: Wish upon a wish list
Chances are, your intended gift-recipient will have a wish list somewhere that you can mine for gift ideas. Look them up on shopping sites like Amazon, eBay or other retailers like ASOS, StrawberryNET and the Book Depository and hopefully you can find the perfect gift. If you can't find what they want, see what similar products online retailers recommend.
Hack #3: Streamline your shopping
There's only so many hours left until Christmas, so make the most of them. Look at aggregator websites that list products by budget or by recipient type. Instead of searching through clothing, shoes and makeup websites separately, check out a guide on finder.com.au that lists products by recipient, occasion and price. It will save you time by finding everything you need on one core website rather than hitting up loads of them. It also means you can save on shipping if you bulk order from the one retailer.
Hack #4: Give some to get some
Many children are given hundreds of dollars in toys for Christmas each year, on top of what they get for birthdays. Parents know the burden of overflowing toy chests and cupboards that don't close. Introduce the give-some-get-some version of Santa. This new-age Santa runs on a system whereby children have to be really generous and give up their old toys to get new ones. 'Santa' can then donate the toys to charity or sell them for money to buy more toys.
Hack #5: Delivery by design
Online shopping has many perks, but it also has one major downside; shipping times. If you leave it until the last minute, you might find stores are out of stock or you'll need to pay extra for express shipping to get it on time. If you miss the boat on cheap and timely delivery, you can contact your retailer and ask to have your order available for pick-up by an external courier service of your own choosing to beat the shipping queue.
Hack #6: Safeguard your size
Don't let being unsure of someone's size stop you from buying their gift online – shop at an online retailer like ASOS or the Iconic that offer free return shipping. You can also buy two sizes just in case and then return whichever one doesn't fit at no extra cost. Alternatively, you can go into a store like Topshop to try the clothes on for size but and then buy them later online after applying a discount code.
Hack #7: The K.K. crowd
Many workplaces roll out a Secret Santa/Kris Kringle system so the entire office doesn't have to buy gifts for each person. Why not follow suit and implement Kris Kringle in your family or group of friends. Setting a price limit for gifts helps benchmark the kind of presents everyone will give and receive— no stress from underspending on your boss's gift.
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