A complete freak-out is how I would describe the conversation in the office this morning. “There are only a few Mondays until Christmas? Seriously?” followed by many expletives I can’t repeat.
Every year around this time, the same shopping list starts and the same panic erupts. The shopping malls are decorated with lights, trees and jingle bells making it seem of cheery but if you look carefully, you will notice a lot of terrified people rushing from shop to shop trying to tick names off their list.
So here is how to avoid the festive season freak-out:
1. Retailers are tricky. That ho-ho and jingle-bells music pumped through the store’s music system is there for a reason: Nostalgia. It makes you shop slower and wander longer amongst the aisle as you hum “dashing through the snow”. The solution: put on your headphones and rock out some fast tunes.
2. Say no to social shopping. If you shop in a group you tend to stock up on items that you don’t need. Just because one of the posse stocks up on plastic knives and tissue boxes doesn’t mean you have to – but you do. Go out on your own. Tell the world about your shopping later via Instant Messenger and Social networks.
3. Buy the cheap stuff first not last. If you buy that flat screen TV at a cost of R9500 then by comparison that Barbie set for R1800 doesn’t sound so bad. However if you buy the new Xbox game for R400 first then the Barbie all of a sudden looks ridiculously expensive. Its all about perspective.
4. Ideally use cash not credit cards. Research shows that people spend less when having to reach into their bags to pull out notes rather than plastic. It also ensures that you keep within a budget and not get tempted to spend a little extra. For security reasons rather draw out just enough money at the ATM inside the shopping mall instead of one massive amount that you have to carry with you.
Now that the mind set it armed and ready, here are some technological sites that you need to check out before heading out:
The Gift Professor, is the answer for those “what must I buy?” questions. This sites creates a custom one-of-a-kind ideas for each person on your Christmas shopping list. By answering a few short questions about the person you are buying for, the list of thousands of possibilities are filtered down to just the best and most suitable gifting ideas.
Now that you know the type of items you would like to buy, Takealot has over 9 million products available across 17 fantastic categories, including Fashion, Sport, Home & Kitchen, Baby & Toddler, Electronics, Beauty products, Movies & TV, Gaming, Books, Music, Toys and Pet supplies.
After you order, your purchases are delivered to your door – even on Weekends. Being able to shop in your PJs is a bonus too.
Superbalist is all about the finest art, style and lifestyle products. So if your loved ones are into these types of trendy, fashionable bits and pieces then this is your online shop destination.
What you might not know is that on Bid or Buy not everything is an auction. There are lots of items that are purchased immediately and shipped directly to you. Subscribe to Deal of the Week and see their specials complete with “buyer’s protection” where they will cover you 100% should something go wrong with your purchase transaction.
PriceCheck not only has local catalogues from leading retailers but is the place to go to in order to ensure that you are paying the right price for your item. Simply enter the item you wish to buy and the site returns a list of retailers (both online and real-stores) along with the price. Now just decide on what suits you.