Whenever it rains, people suddenly get the urge to just stay home and chill.
Sure, it's enticing to savor the cold weather by sipping hot cocoa beside a moist windowpane or snuggling in bed the whole day.
But there are also other ways that you can do to make the most of the rainy days besides staying indoors.
One of these is by going out to shop for bargains.
During this season, brick and mortar stores usually experience a decrease in their sales compared to months when the weather is bright and sunny.
So, to invite more people into their shops and boost their business, retailers introduce various promos just for this season.
As a smart shopper, it's best to take advantage of these deals while time and the weather still permit.
Doing so will give you more savings that you can use for other expenses even beyond the rainy season.
It's a double win for retailers and consumers alike.
To help you catch the best of this season's drizzles and downpours, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) rounded up some practical tips that will get you dashing to a wet yet bright—and economical—shopping experience.
Shop for rainy day discounts
Avail of rainy day discounts that retailers give out by the end of June to mid-July.
Department stores usually offer up to 70 percent discount on selected items.
And with the weather turning cold this season, appliance centers slash up to PHP10,000 from the regular price of air-conditioning units, refrigerators, and washing machines.
Kettles and other warming appliances are on shelf at up to ten percent discount.
You can also include TV sets on your shopping list, as they are sold at up to PHP23,000 less than their original tags.
Aside from launching different rainy-day promos, retailers update their collections and let go of the old ones through an end-of-season sales.
The campaign runs mostly in clothing stores and lasts for a week.
It's the perfect time to update your wardrobe as clothes—for any season—are sold at up to 50 percent off.
Stock up on food
Going out during the rainy season can be risky sometimes because of the flooded streets and heavy traffic.
If you're planning to stay at home most of the time, make sure that you stuff your kitchen and refrigerator with a month-long supply of food for your family.
Not only will it prep you for unforeseen emergencies, it will also lessen the hassle of traveling to the supermarket on a weekly basis.
Save up by shopping as early as the first weeks of June, when your kids are about to start school.
Some supermarkets offer amazing discounts on meat, packed juices, snacks, and other dry goods that moms usually buy for their kids' baon.
Meat and coffee brands also give discounts in time for Father's Day.
Besides June, July is also a good time to do some bulk buying since it's also been marked as national nutrition month.
Look for grocery stores that participate in the campaign and offer discounts on fresh finds like meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables.
If brick and mortar stores experience a decline in sales during the rainy season, virtual stores, on the other hand, enjoy a sales surge.
According to weather marketing company WeatherAds, e-shoppers make most of their purchases from the home and furniture and retail clothing sections of online stores.
If you're one of those consumers who would rather shop indoors, make sure to check out the fashion and home-improvement sections of your shopping app because they offer discounts on those items.
Clothes are offered at up to 70 percent discount while home improvement items are sold for less than PHP999.
Top local e-commerce companies also curate store-wide sales promos during June 6, July 7, and August 8 of every year.
Save up during rainy days with their discounts of up 90 percent and claim your free shipping vouchers to have your purchases delivered at no cost.