CEO of South Africa’s product comparison website, PriceCheck Kevin Tucker gives us his top tips on how to shop smart and save money over the next few months.
Save extra money for the holidays
Year-end holidays tend to be very expensive. Kids do more, they want to go out more and they also eat more. You will need to dish out money on everything from snacks to sunblock to sun hats. Create an emergency holiday cash stash and put some money in it as often as you can, so that you have a little holiday nest egg.
Start buying the Christmas presents nowThink it’s too early to go Christmas shopping? It’s really not. If you have a long list of loved ones to buy gifts for, try buying one or two a month between now and the end of the year. Otherwise you could end up spending a tiny fortune from your November or December pay cheque, leaving little for fun activities.
Buy in bulk
When shopping always look for bulk deals. If you know that you are going to burn through boxes of custard at the end of the year, think about buying in bulk now already. You can buy your toiletries in bulk too, or any of your other cleaning products.
Prepare for Black Friday
Black Friday has become massive in South Africa and the date is always at the end of November (23 November this year). If you know that you will be in the market for a new TV or perhaps you want to buy a truck load of toilet paper, then start a savings fund just for Black Friday.
Do your homework, read reviews and make use of product comparison tools such as PriceCheck, Price Grabber and Shopzilla in order to make the most informed buying decisions. Big purchases can mean big savings. Happy shopping!