Best Money-Saving Tips for Shopping in 2024

2024 is already in full swing, but before you get stuck into your usual shopping routine, with some small changes, you’ll realise that there is a lot of money to be saved if you use some sneaky shopping tricks. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and easiest) ways to save money when shopping in 2024:

Price-monitoring tools

There’s nothing worse than wanting something, seeing the price is way out of your budget, and then a few weeks later realising you missed a flash sale on said desired product. Using a price-tracking tool is a good way to avoid this scenario, and there are some great options available.

Distill Web Monitor is a really handy online tool, which is used to monitor changes on webpages; however, it works really well when it comes to monitoring price-changes. All you do is create an account or install the extension on your browser, pop in the URL of the product you’re in the market for, select the price as the variable you’re monitoring, and boom – Distill will keep an eye on the webpage, and notify you via email or a pop-up if the price changes.

Look for overseas deals

Gone are the days when anything from overseas is considerably more expensive. With high import duties, many items in South Africa are notably overpriced in order to compensate for the shipping and tariffs (especially when it comes to tech). Add in the fact that many international retailers have some pretty massive specials, and you’ve got a recipe to save some cash while picking up some awesome items.

But you’re probably wondering, even if you find a great deal on something you’ve been searching for, how do you get it to SA given that many stores don’t even offer international shipping? There’s an answer. Postbox Courier is a proudly South African courier service that opens the door to stores in the US, UK, and more that usually don’t ship to SA.

Parcel forwarding

To avoid using national postal services, or for those stores who don’t ship to South Africa, parcel forwarding services help you reroute your package to arrive quicker, save money, and use a depot in the country of your purchase as a forwarding point. Our go-to is South African parcel forwarding company Postbox Courier, who utilise a network of courier partners, rather than the state service, allowing you to buy and send from any international store right back to your doorstep in SA.

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Parcel consolidation

With exchange rates and rising shipping costs, how exactly do you manage to save money when shopping with international retailers? The trick is to look at package consolidation. While not many retailers will offer it, parcel-forwarding companies such as Postbox Courier allow you to consolidate or combine multiple orders from multiple retailers into one larger package, often saving you time, money, and the hassle of paying for several shipping costs.

For example, if you picked up some items from Amazon US, Asos, and that rare goodie from that niche store in New York City, Postbox Courier will help combine all your orders into one package for a cheaper overall shipping cost to SA.

Sign up for free

The even better news is that registering with Postbox Courier is FREE, quick and easy and once you’ve registered you’ll get your very own delivery address in the UK and US. Then, when it comes time to shop all you need to do is have your goods delivered to your most appropriate address.

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