Festive Shopping Hacks

It’s that time of the year when we’re all trying to cram in as much shopping as we can before the festive break. That alone is stressful enough; never mind dealing with the hordes of other shoppers with the same idea.

We’ve put together some hacks to help you spend less time scurrying around from store to store. Let’s get ready to conquer the mall!

  • Plan your route. If you’re going to be visiting a number of different shops, optimise your route so that you don’t need to double back. You’ll save time and energy this way – now’s not the time for window shopping!
  • Take your queue. Various sources state that the cashier queues on the left-hand side faster than the others. We’re not sure how true that is, but you can certainly assess the queue you think will move faster. Definitely don’t choose a queue that snakes around the store!
  • Analyse the situation. No, we’re not saying go snooping into other people’s trollies! Check out how fast (or slow) the cashier is scanning items and what the person ahead of you is buying. It may sound like we’re setting you up to be a ‘nosy Suzie’, but sometimes queuing behind five people who are buying three things each is quicker than queueing behind one person with an overloaded trolley.
  • Be careful when parking. You may have comprehensive car insurance, but make sure that you pay careful attention to where you park. Don’t squeeze into the tiniest space possible just because it’s closest to the entrance or where someone is bound to dent your door trying to get into their car!
  • When all else fails, do it online. If you really can’t stand the thought of braving the crowd, or you simply can’t find what you’re looking for – buy online. You’ll save yourself from the inevitable hunt for the perfect parking spot – and may even save a bit of money.  Just be sure to leave enough time for delivery – especially during busy times like December.

Get your festive shopping done early and you’ll be sure to #liveyourway by spending some well-deserved downtime with family and recharging. We hope you have an awesome December break!

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