7 Ways to Score the Best Deals Online

7 Ways to Score the Best Deals Online

Online shopping in the Philippines can be quite a challenge, simply because there are too many options to choose from. Not only are there a wide variety of products, but there are also a lot of hard-to-resist offers that can tempt bargain-loving Pinoys. Then, there’s also the number of online stores that pop up every day.

How, then, do you find the best of the best deals that give you the most value for money? Here are some useful tips:

Check Your E-Wallet

If you have an e-wallet account, it might be a good idea to turn on notifications or to simply open the app from time to time. This way, you’ll always get updated about the latest offers from their partner merchants. What’s even better is that you don’t even have to wait for special dates to enjoy discounts, earn vouchers, and redeem rewards because there are new deals almost every day.

There are also e-wallets that allow you to directly shop from their app, such as PayMaya Mall or simply “Maya Mall.” Here, you can simply click on the merchant icons, perform a search using the search bar, or hop on directly to the “Promos” tab where you can find all kinds of deals. The payment process is also much easier, since you’re already using the e-wallet app.

Take Note of Key Dates

Filipinos love celebrations and many of them are marked by a whole lot of sales. From Valentine’s to Christmas, from Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day to Grandparents’ Day, online marketplaces will always find a reason to offer good deals.

The key here is to take note of other events and other dates when sales happen. These include holidays, as well as paydays and the double-number dates (5-5, 6-6, and so on). Most shopping sites will also give you regular updates and/or have a counter on their website and app to remind you of upcoming sales. Plenty of brands and sellers participate during these events; if not, the shopping site itself will give you discounts or give you additional rewards points.

Subscribe to Your Favorite Sites and Brands

Speaking of shopping sites, it’s a good idea to subscribe to your favorites. This way, you’ll get alerts about current offers and future promos. The same thing is true for individual sellers and entrepreneurs. Subscribe to their newsletters to get exclusive offers, early access to new products, clearance sales, and other deals. Usually, these brands also give new subscribers a discount code or voucher on the first purchase.

If you don’t like cluttering your personal inbox, create a secondary email account that you can use for this purpose. Use filters to help organize the messages so you can easily find the deals you want to take advantage of.

Don’t Be Shy to Use Those Vouchers

Free shipping? Php 100 discount? Get 8% off for every Php 800 worth of purchase? These vouchers are meant to be used so don’t be shy about making the most of them. Use these vouchers for high-value items to net bigger savings, but do note that even the smallest discounts can still add up to a big amount.

Of course, be conscientious of how you spend these vouchers. If you’re buying from a small merchant, consider paying in full to support them (unless they’re having a sale in the first place). You should also take note of the expiry dates and conditions of the vouchers; some are valid any time, while some require a purchase amount or are exclusive to certain merchants. If possible, use these vouchers during a sale so you can double up on the discounts.

Compare, Compare, Compare

Finding the best deals online takes a bit of research. The good thing is that the internet has made canvassing for products and prices so much easier. Hop from site to site and don’t hesitate to purchase another brand even if you already have a “suki.” Price research is even more important if you’re looking for deals on big-ticket items like home appliances and gadgets.

Buy in Bulk When Possible

One of the basic “rules” of shopping is that wholesale prices are lower than retail. Obviously, this isn’t applicable to all products, especially for produce and other items that expire quickly. For products like toilet paper, shampoo, dishwashing liquid, and other non-perishables, however, buying in bulk is usually a good idea. You can also purchase the biggest sizes of food items that have longer shelf lives, such as cereal, rice, and dry pasta.

Use the Right Payment Method

Online shopping sites let you choose from a variety of payment methods, including cash on delivery, e-wallets, and credit cards. Before checking out your cart, make sure you know which one is the most suitable for your purchase. For example, there are credit cards that give you more rewards points if you use them for buying groceries. Meanwhile, e-wallets give you cashback rewards when you purchase from specific brands. In short, pay using the “right” method depending on your purchase.

There’s nothing wrong with looking for sales and deals online. You don’t want to put your hard-earned money to waste, right? Hopefully, these tips can help you find deals with the most bang for your buck.

Happy shopping!


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