Believe it or not, it’s incredibly time-consuming caring for a toddler and these days I simply have no time to go out to shop leisurely. So just like what I did for Christmas, I am going to do all my shopping for Chinese New Year online.
# – I bought all my Xmas presents online!
It used to be just clothes and perhaps an obscure brand of whatever product you’re looking for but nowadays, you can pretty much get anything over the Internet. From clothes to phones to diapers to groceries, the brands and choices are unlimited. The Malaysian online shopping scene has certainly come a long way!
I can’t wait to buy CNY decorations, baking supplies, presents and hampers from my favourite online stores, especially Rakuten. I could shop on its mobile app while getting the baby to nap or I could do it on my personal computer when the baby is already napping :)
Why do I like Rakuten? Well, aside from its incredible range of products, we’re talking over 210,000 products from 900 merchants, they have an incredible point reward system. Basically, as a member of Rakuten (it’s free to sign up by the way), I get to accumulate “Rakuten Super Points“, essentially a currency on Rakuten which can be used just like money to buy or offset future purchase. Kind of like store credit too, if you think about it.
And from now until January 31, they are having a 5X Rakuten Super Points give away, meaning you will get straight-up 5% equivalent of your purchase value back in Rakuten Super Points (RSP) instead of the usual 1% RSP for every RM100 spent.
So lets say, you bought an item that costs RM100, normally you will get 1% RSP which is equivalent to RM1. But during this 5X campaign, you get to accumulate 5% RSP, that’s RM5 equivalent of points. The more you buy during this period, the more points you get to accumulate = the more shopping you can use the RSPs to pay for.
I’ve already got my strategy in place…and I am starting with Chinese New Year hampers! The hampers on Rakuten are lovely and are priced competitively compared to the ones outside (yes, I’ve done my survey) so it just makes more sense to buy from Rakuten cause I get to earn RSPs which I can later use for buying other items.
Check out these lovely CNY hampers:
Wow this one has a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, birds nests and various chinese delicacies. What a steal at RM380! And I get to earn 19.90 Rakuten Super Points which is equivalent to RM19.90 worth of bonus shopping money!
I like that this one has a good mix of healthy stuff like premium oolong tea and dried mushrooms as well as goodies like tarts and almond cakes. How many RSPs can I earn from buying this hamper? A grand total of RM13.40 worth.
It’s really so easy to accumulate RSPs shopping on Rakuten, right?
Love the packaging for this one! Everything is housed in a hand-woven Volsa basket and it has fine products like imported teas, coffees, juices and teatime treats. A wonderful gift for loveds ones with discerning palates. From buying this hamper alone I will earn 20.40 RSPs, that’s RM20.40 more to my bonus shopping fund!
Basically, by purchasing all these hampers, I would net myself 56.60 Rakuten Super Points, which are exactly RM56.60 of bonus money that I could spend on other stuff! You see how fun shopping on Rakuten is for me?
There are many things I could get with RM56.60 worth of RSP on Rakuten.
Am already eyeing a packet of diapers for Liam that I could redeem outright with my Rakuten Super Points accumulated from just buying CNY hampers :)
And you know what’s the crazy bit? I will still be getting more Rakuten Super Points redeeming stuff with my existing points! This is how shopping should be everywhere!
Even after I used my RSPs on the diapers, I can still earn 2.35 points or RM2.35 in store credit…it’s never going to finish haha. How amazing!
Or perhaps I could use the points to redeem 3 cartons of Coke Light for my CNY open house? 0.85 points times three that’s an additional RM2.55 worth of RSPs.
So many choices!
And another thing I love about Rakuten is that the merchants all offer very good delivery options at nominal pricing. Most give free delivery when you shop more than a certain amount. By always buying enough to get free delivery really helps me save a lot!!
So if you’re shopping on Rakuten too, do collate your purchases at one go. You may get free delivery and also get more Rakuten Super Points for more shoppping. Moreeeeeee moreee moreeeee.
That’s not all, Rakuten also gives out a coupon on every weekend for deals and discounts, so remember to check the website often. Especially on Saturdays and Sundays! You never know what kind of deals you might just be fortunate to encounter.
Also, if you’re a Mastercard holders, remember to set in your Calendar to shop on Wednesdays cause you get to enjoy an additional 5% discount!
What are you waiting for? Hop on to Rakuten now.