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There’s nothing quite like a little retail therapy now and then. Grabbing your laptop or even your phone and settling in for a splurge session is a great feeling. After all, we all deserve the odd treat now and then. Why should we deny ourselves these small yet effective pick-me-ups? Checking out gorgeous products online, perusing the reviews, and then, just days later, holding them in your hands is a feeling like no other.

But wait, before you hit that all-important ‘buy now’ button, there’s a thing or two you ought to know. Yes, there are some seriously crucial rules to which us ladies have to adhere when it comes to online shopping.

Here are seven things you must never forget: 

1.  Check out the store first

Do you know whether the store is legit or not? There are thousands of online retailers out there, and so it really does pay to do your research ahead of time. The last thing you want to do is end up wasting your money on inferior products. That’s why it really does pay to be a little cautious here. Make sure that you check out the store or brand and how long they have been around. You should also look out for reviews from different customers so that you know what to expect when you buy something from them.

2.  Have a goal in mind

Sometimes, it’s easy to end up idly frittering your money away without even blinking an eye at it. If you happen to be on something of a tight budget, though, that kind of behavior just will not do. For that reason, before you go online, be certain that you already know what you want. It may help to make a shopping list as you would if you were literally heading out to the stores. That way, you will know what you need and buy only that.  

3.  Get yourself comfortable

Of course, online shopping is not meant to be a dull and boring activity. It’s not something you should do on your phone when you’re on the subway. No, it’s a whole experience. So, before you start looking around for just the perfect thing, make sure that you are cozy and comfortable. Slip on some beautiful PJs, make yourself some deliciously warming hot cocoa, get settled on the sofa, and get to work. It’s important that you’re in the right frame of mind before you shop. Remember, this is all about having some much-needed ‘you time’ so make sure you enjoy it!

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4.  Always read the measurements

Buying online means that you don’t get to touch or try on the things before you get them. That’s why it’s so utterly crucial that you read the measurements ahead of time. You should have already been fitted for the right size bra and know your sister size to boot. That means that you ought to have no problem at all picking out a piece that will fit you just like a glove. Reading the small print and the product description will help with this tip too as you can be 100% confident that you’re getting the right thing.

5.  Never drink and shop

Above all else, you have to heed this advice. You should never, ever, under any circumstances drink and shop. Sure, after you’ve had a few margaritas with the ladies, you may feel like checking out some stores online to see what’s on offer. You may think that you can still figure out what’s what and get the pieces that you need. Well, you’re wrong. When you’re a little tipsy, it’s oh-so-easy to screw things up and end up buying something that is either the wrong size or the style for you. Nightmare. Once you’ve had a few sips of that cocktail, be sure to put your smartphone away. It’s for your own good.

6.  Check the return policy

This next tip is especially important if you happen to be buying a gift for someone special. You need to make sure that you can return it if the person happens not to like it or if it’s the wrong size completely. So, before you go ahead and buy that snazzy little number, make sure that you check the return policy. Doing so will mean that you know what to expect if you ever do need to send it back. Plus, there won’t be any nasty surprises along the way either, which is a real bonus.

7.  Don’t be afraid to try something new

Finally, here’s a rule that you simply cannot forget. You must never be afraid to try something new. When you’re shopping online, this can feel like something of a major risk. Still, you’re never going to expand your style if you don’t give things a try now and then. While you may know what suits you and have your tried and tested favorites, but don’t shy away from the unknown. You never know, you may just stumble upon something that suits you more than you could have ever expected!

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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