You have some surplus fun money from the months you weren’t going out and partying with your friends, so now you can invest in better quality skincare products. You don’t want to splurge unnecessarily on products you haven’t tested yet, and with shipping fees involved, you definitely don’t want to order too much or too little without making the most of the discounts.

Here’s how you should make your online shopping checklist for maximum savings: 

Include the minimum amount you need


When you’re buying a product, consider how quickly you go through it before you make a purchase. This isn’t necessarily because you’ll get a good deal when you’re buying more than one of the same item, especially if it’s for daily use like a face mask for women, but if you have to buy it again next time and pay for shipping fee once again, that means you’re spending more than the amount you’d have to pay now if you can get more items for the same fee. There might also be promos such as three-for-a-hundred offers, or buy-one-get-one deals. If you need more of the product over time, take advantage of these discounts while you have the chance.

Be open to variations

Sometimes, your favorite eyeliner might not be available, but a similar product is on sale. If you’re not deeply connected with a particular product, you might find that a new option can give you the same or similar results for a cheaper price. Of course, you’ll want to be careful not to compromise the quality, as cheaper prices might also come with cheaper ingredients. It’s better if the alternate product is something you’ve already tried before so that you’ll have an idea of how they work on your skin.

Don’t hesitate to leave some purchases out

Because of the complicated way shipping fee is computed, you might notice that adding an additional item to your cart can result in it being way more expensive than you were prepared for. This is because of the total weight of the items you’re buying, so one additional product can make a huge impact. If this is the case, even if you’re getting the product for a discount, make sure that discount is bigger than the additional you’ll have to pay to have it shipped; otherwise, you won’t feel the discount at all. If you have more items you want to purchase next time, consider just adding the item there if it means smaller shipping charges.

Chances are you’ll have a hard time parting with the products on your cart, especially if it’s just a small amount you’re saving, but be firm with your decision to develop the habit. Soon, you won’t notice it being that much of a burden at all, and you’ll be more objective in making your purchases.

Online stores present you with plenty of options that make it hard to choose–and stop to think critically. But when you want to save, this is a habit that’s important to build. Remind yourself why you’re saving up, so you won’t feel tempted.


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