When it comes to Click Frenzy (or any kind of online shopping), I’m what people would call an ‘expert shopper’ – and what kind of expert would I be if I didn’t let you in on a few secrets to help you nab a bargain? Here are the steps you should take to get the biggest bang for your buck.

The preparation

A few weeks before the event, write a list of all the people you’ll need to buy gifts for in the next few months. (For the May Click Frenzy, Mayhem,  think about birthdays and anniversaries up to – and including – November; for the November Click Frenzy, think about Christmas as well as anniversaries and birthdays between December and May.)

Next, think about yourself and your home. What beauty products are you running low on? And which ones are vital to your beauty routine (the ones you’re likely to continue buying for the rest of your life)? Skincare, fragrances, makeup (they usually last anywhere from six to 12 months after you first open them, so don’t stress about them drying out in the meantime). Is your home in need of fresh manchester (towels, sheets, quilts, pillows)?

Click Frenzy deals

Keep this list somewhere that’s easily accessible at all times of the day. Mine is in my diary, as it’s always with me – and you never know when a great idea will pop into your head!

It’s a good idea to have as much money to work with as you can, so pay off your credit card if your financial situation permits. I have two – one American Express and one MasterCard. The AMEX is my favourite, as it gives me Velocity points for every dollar I spend, but some places don’t accept it, hence the reason I acquired the latter. A handy online loophole to this is to pay with your AMEX via PayPal.

The technique

OK, it’s 10 minutes until ‘GO’ time. Set up yourself and your laptop (do not use a tablet or your mobile phone – you need to be able to easily navigate through tabs and clearly view the webpages in their entirety).

Give yourself a night out of the kitchen and order in. This is going to take a while, and the last thing you need to be doing is stressing about cooking and cleaning.

Go through your list one more time and get comfy.

Five, four, three, two, one… IT’S CLICK FRENZY TIME!

Start by opening each category in a new tab. (Categories include electrical and home office; homes, pets and gardens; fashion; health and beauty; toys and kids’ stuff; food, wine and liquor; sports, travel and leisure; auto, tools and BBQ; gifts and entertainment.)

Click Frenzy Home Page

Starting with the one you’re least likely to need anything from, scroll through to see if anything catches your eye. Open anything that does in a new tab. I can’t stress enough that in order to get the most out of this sale, you do need to check every category. Something may have slipped your mind in the prep stage, and doing this will help jog your memory.

Never open more than 20 tabs at a time; you do not want your computer to crash at such a crucial time.

Before you check out, take note of ‘free delivery’ requirements – some retailers offer this if you spend more than a certain amount. So, for example, if delivery for orders less than $60 costs $9.95, and your order amount currently stands at $56, find something useful that costs $4 or more to take advantage of the free delivery. To me, a delivery fee is wasted money – especially when you could get another clutch or pair of underwear for less than the price the retailer is charging for postage.

One final note: If your credit card company is linked to an incentive program – such as a frequent flyer initiative – look into ways to earn more points. Since I am linked to Velocity with my American Express, before I finalise any purchases, I check to see if the retailer is linked with the Velocity e-store (shopandearn.com.au). It is here that I could earn anywhere from two to four Velocity points for every dollar I spend. The more Velocity points I earn, the more free Virgin Australia flights I can take. Any excuse to shop!