In this digital age, more and more people are relying on the internet for their day-to-day activities, be it staying connected through social media, bill payments or entertainment. Many also use the internet for their shopping needs and for good reason.
Online shopping is convenient and accessible. There is no denying the convenience of not having to leave the house to go to the mall or shop. All you need is a decent internet connection and your PC or smartphone and you’re good to go.
When shopping online, the shipping fee is an important consideration. For many transactions, the shipping costs may be minimal, but for others especially those that are overseas, international shipping costs can be expensive, and if you’re shopping on a budget, it can be a letdown. But don’t worry. You can cut down your freight costs so you can fully enjoy online shopping.
Here are some cheap shopping tips:
Compare the costs from competitors
This may make shopping a lot less convenient, but consider the significant savings that you can get if you shop around for the vendor with the cheapest shipping charge before buying anything. If the item that you want is available at two or three retailers, consider comparing their shipping costs first then buy it from the retailer that offers the best deal.
Use the right mode of payment
When shopping overseas, make sure to take currency conversion charges into account. You want to use a credit card that does not charge excessive foreign currency fees.
Be on the lookout for shipping specials
There are retailers that offer free shipping for a limited period, say in the next 24 hours. Of course, you cannot take advantage of this cash-saving deal if you need to purchase the item as soon as possible. But if you can wait, shipping specials are actually worth waiting for.
Consolidate your orders with one sender
Save money on shipping costs by buying all items from one store, because when you buy five items from five different stores, you’ll obviously pay five shipping fees. But make sure to read the terms and conditions first before doing this, as retail sites such as Amazon also offer an option to order from affiliates, defeating the purpose of consolidating orders to one sender.
Do you have other cheap shopping tips for saving money on shipping costs? Share your ideas in the comments section.