Holiday shopping hacks


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As snow descends on the Saskatchewan landscape, it helps mark that transition into the holidays — which also means gift time. Although holiday shopping can be a stressful experience that involves fighting crowds and feeling overwhelmed, there is a variety of apps, websites, and tech that can help making shopping — both traditional and online — both easier and more efficient. Here’s a list of digital holiday shopping hacks to make your holiday shopping more enjoyable this year.

 

Use Wi-Fi to do your research
When you’re out and about shopping, there’s nothing worse than impulse-buying something and then going through buyer's remorse — especially when it's a gift. Before you swipe your credit card at the mall, do some online research using one of SaskTel's selectWI-FI hotspots. You can check specs, reviews, and compare prices on the spot. selectWI-FI is included free for all SaskTel Wireless, Internet, and maxTV customers, and is available at many shops, restaurants, malls, and other public areas - see a full map here.

It’s not always easy to tell from a picture if a product is well-made, or would fit right. So, while you’re researching products in person, you can use apps like ShopSavvy that let you scan barcodes and then compare amongst other retailers. If you do find a better deal online, consider asking the store if they would price match.

 

Turn your phone into a credit card
Near-field communication (NFC) technology adds convenience by letting you use your phone to pay (connected to your credit card) using apps like Android or Apple Pay. Just be sure to protect your phone with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) blocking case, to prevent having your credit card information stolen.

 

Track price drops
Apps and websites like CamelCamelCamel (for Amazon), Newegg, and Slickdeals allow you to create price alerts for specific items. When the price drops below a certain amount, you receive an email. No need to keep checking back!

 

 

Seek out discount codes online
When shopping online, there’s no shortage of discount codes. Honey, which is a free plug-in for your browser, does all the work for you by automatically applying discount codes to your shopping cart at checkout. Many online merchants also offer discount codes and sales alerts to subscribers of their newsletters. But that can get overwhelming quickly (for your inbox). To preserve your inbox, download the Unroll.Me app which lets you subscribe to (and unsubscribe from) all the retail emails you want and then puts them into a single newsletter for you to browse at your convenience.

Others websites worth scouring for codes and deals include the the Canadian edition of RetailMeNot and the Toronto-based RedFlagDeals, which is an incredible resource for finding great promotions, coupons, and even browsing flyers from big stores like Staples and Walmart.

Finally, make sure you check for newsletter pop-ups when you visit retailers’ websites. Often, new customers are offered discounts anywhere between 5% and 20%, just for signing up to a retailer’s newsletter.

 

Leave your items in your cart
When you're shopping online, it’s important to keep your sensitive information safe. Never use publicly accessible computers to make purchases, and even if you're using your own device, avoid using public wi-fi, as they are more susceptible to hackers (use your own mobile data network connection instead). Whenever possible, make purchases using a secure online payment service like PayPal (especially from lesser-known retailers), and opt to use a credit card over a debit card, as credit card providers usually offer more protection for buyers.

 

Protect your personal information online
When you're shopping online, it’s important to keep your sensitive information safe. Never use publicly accessible computers to make purchases, and even if you're using your own device, avoid using public wi-fi, as they are more susceptible to hackers (use your own mobile data network connection instead). Whenever possible, make purchases using a secure online payment service like PayPal (especially from lesser-known retailers), and opt to use a credit card over a debit card, as credit card providers usually offer more protection for buyers.

 

 

Search social media for discounts
It pays (literally) to follow your favourite brands on social media. Often, brands will offer special deals exclusively through Twitter or Facebook. For example, brands may post discount codes for their followers & fans or pre-sale access links before the public sale takes place.

Brands may also offer opportunities to engage by sharing your new purchases or endorsements with friends on social media, in exchange for perks like a discount on a future purchase.

 

Chat with robots and real people
Have a question before you purchase? A lot of online stores employ live customer service reps who can chat with you in real-time to answer your questions. Look for a “Live Chat” option, usually as a tab on the side or bottom of websites. Sometimes, customer service reps may even send you a promo code after a chat as a way of thanking you for reaching out.

 

Score free shipping
Who likes paying for shipping? No one. Make sure you check out the shipping page to find out the minimum order amount for free shipping. If you’re shopping on Amazon and below the threshold for free shipping, Amazon Filler Item Finder lets you enter the amount you need to spend to get free shipping and suggests eligible items you can get to tip your cart over. Consider adding practical, everyday use items that you purchase on a regular basis anyways.

 

Buy gift cards to get discounts
Websites like CardSwap and GiftCardGranny buy unwanted gift cards from consumers at a fraction of their cost, and then resell them at a discount that's anywhere from 2% to 30% or offer “SwapPoints” that can be redeemed for other cards. So if you see a well-discounted gift card for a retailer you actually plan to shop at anyways… buy it!

 

 

Keep it charged
When you're on the go, your phone is indispensable. Keep it charged with one of our portable chargersSaskTel.com always offers free shipping for devices & accessories!

At the end of the day, whether you're shopping in your PJs, at the mall, or a nearby boutique or market, remember: Great gifts aren't about monetary value, they are about showing the other person that you care about them — after all, the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart.

Want a chance to win a $5,000 travel voucher just for shopping with us? Then check out our holiday offer and get inspired by our holiday gift guide — Purchases made in-store are eligible.

Happy holiday shopping!

 


 


Use SaskTel's select WI-FI hotspots to maximize your digital shopping and check out our cool tech gift ideas — we have something for everyone on your list!

 




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