Shhh! Secret Tips to Save Money While Shopping Online


So with the Rediff online shopping festival around, you must be shopping around frantically. Online shoppers are emotional and they tend to buy products even if they don’t need it. If you are one of them, you are doing to land a major trouble at the end of the month paying your credit card bills. To help you save yourself from falling for into the crisis, here are some of the lesser known money saving tips that you can use while shopping online.

Tip #1: Look for Multiple Sellers
Buying online doesn’t have to be like buying from the department store. You can take advantage of multiple sellers and make sure that you are getting the best possible price. The world of eCommerce is very competitive; the seller knows that you can simply move on to the next if you are not satisfied.

Tip#2: Look for Discounts
One key to saving money online is looking for discounts. For example, if you purchase multiple items from the same seller they may offer you a break on the shipping, which is definitely a welcome bit of help. There are many other types of discounts that you might take advantage of, for example, there are often promotional codes offered by third parties, sale days that will help to take a huge chunk out of your total and sometimes even special promotions if you sign up for a newsletter or are a first-time customer.

Tip #3: Buy Out of Season
There are some items that are in much higher demand during certain times of the season. For example, Christmas decorations are obviously going to cost a little more if you buy them during the holiday season, but if you buy them several months ahead of time, you can find yourself with a huge discount. In addition to that you should make sure you purchase electronics on the off season as well.

Tip #4: Leave your Cart Full
While it might be tempting to hit the checkout button right now, it may not necessarily be economical. Why? Because many online retailers use cookies to track what you have placed in your cart. If they see that you have left something sitting, they may offer you a lower price, perhaps even adjusting the price of the item within your cart. 

Tip #5: Last Year’s Model Isn’t so Bad
Finally, one other way you can save money is by not purchasing the latest and greatest. With many electronics, for example, you can purchase the previous year model and save a bit of money. It could actually be a considerable difference, believe it or not. 

Saving money online is easier than you think, take advantage of these tips and keep your wallet full whether it is your holiday shopping, or just your everyday needs.


Mixers To Have On Hand

Whether you are planning on creating an alcohol bar in your home or you just want to entertain friends on occasion, there are a few essential mixers for alcohol and other items that you want to include. When you begin thinking about the mixers for the basic alcohols that you want, you need to think about the occasion for which you are serving the drink and how much alcohol you want to serve.

There are a few base liquors that you want to keep in stock. These include gin, vodka, a light and a dark rum and tequila. You also want a good whiskey and a bourbon. There are mixers that blend well with each kind of alcohol, but you need to know how they pair together. Each kind of cocktail that you want to make might require a different alcohol base as no two cocktails are exactly the same. Keep in mind that there are sweet alcohols and those that have a heavier finish. This also plays a part in the kind of mixer that you will add. 

If you want to make something that's sweeter, then consider keeping a stock of the creams and citrus mixers. A coffee liqueur is also good to have on hand as this can make a delicious beverage for after dinner. Chocolate liqueur is another item that you want to have on hand, especially if you want to serve drinks after a dessert. The ideal mixer will add subtle flavors to the drink while increasing the volume as well. Most of the mixers that will be blended with your alcohols will last for a long time as more than one ingredient is often used in making drinks. Ice is used in many of the drinks that you will make, which can help in stretching the amount of mixer and alcohol that you use. Juices are ideal to use as mixers. Some of the common flavors are orange, cranberry, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Coffee is a good mixer to have as well as milk, tea and simple syrup. Try playing with the different kind of ingredients that you already have in the home to get the ideal drink for friends and family to enjoy.


5 Delicious Green Tea Mocktail Recipes


At the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week Lipton had set up a lovely green tea mocktail stall serving up a few lovely green tea concoctions that were absolutely delicious. I visited the stall multiple times a day & it definitely helped me through the long & hectic days by keeping me refreshed & hydrated!

Earlier I didn't really love the taste of green tea but after trying the delicious concoctions at the stall I'm hooked! And thanks to Lipton I'm sharing the recipes with you so you can make the coolers yourself - Enjoy!

Lipton Tea Mojito
Preparation time: 5 Minutes
Number of Servings:  1

  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ Cucumber (small dice)
  • 1 lemon (cut into 4 wedges)
  • 4-5 Fresh Mint leaves
  • Crushed Ice
  • 1 cup of Lipton Mint Burst Tea (prepared as per instructions on pack & cooled)
  • Soda to top


In a tall glass, add honey, cucumber, lemon and mint. Fill the glass half way with crushed ice and pour the cooled Lipton tea over it. Top with chilled soda and serve with a straw.

Tip: To ensure the lemony flavor is extracted in the recipe, first muddle the lemon wedges and then add the rest of the ingredients.

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Green Tea and Orange Collard
Preparation time: 30 minutes to prepare extract + 10 minutes to assemble the drink
Number of servings: 2


  • 375 ml Green tea extract
  • Juice of 1 fresh Orange
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Sugar syrup- to taste
  • Vanilla essence

Preparation of Green Tea Extract - For preparing 375 ml of green tea extract, Add 55 g of green tea leaves and allow it to boil. Then, simmer the gas and leave it for half an hour to get concentrated green tea extract.

Take 100 ml of concentrated green tea extract:
  • Add orange juice , lemon juice and 1 drop of vanilla essence.
  • Blend with  250 ml cold water.
  • Add sugar syrup or honey to taste*
  • To garnish, Add 2 thin slices of a fresh orange .
  • Keep it in the refrigerator for an hour and serve cold

*Tip: Remember that addition of sugar/honey will definitely increase the calorific content of this lovely mocktail. It is suggested that you savor the flavour of this beverage with the natural sweetness which is rendered by the orange juice.

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Lipton Pomegranate Mar’tea’ni
Preparation time: 5 Minutes
Number of servings: 2


  • 2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 10 ml lemon juice
  • 5-6 ginger juliennes
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup of Lipton TulsiNatura Green Tea (prepared as per instructions on pack & cooled)
  • 60 ml pomegranate juice
  • 1 sprig of tulsi for garnish

In a cocktail shaker; muddle pomegranate seeds, lemon juice and ginger.  Fill the shaker with ice cubes and add the Lipton tea and pomegranate juice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Tip:Garnish the mocktail with Tulsi leaves to give it that extra punch!

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Lipton Hot Tea Cider
Preparation time: 5 Minutes
Number of servings: Serves 2
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Apple juice
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Star anise
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Lipton Honey Lemon Tea Bags
  • 2 Lemon slices

Add water, apple juice, cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Steep the Lipton tea bags in the mixture for 2 minutes. Serve warm in tea cups and garnish with lemon slices.  
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Harvest Sangria
PreparationTime :10 minutes
Number of Servings: 4
  • 3 cups (750 ml) boiling water
  • 6 Lipton Green Tea Bags
  • 1 cup chilled cranberry juice [or pomegranate juice]
  • 1 medium apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 medium orange, cut into wedges

Pour boiling water over Lipton Green Tea Bags in teapot; cover and brew 2 minutes. Remove Tea Bags and squeeze; stir in sugar and cool. Combine tea, cranberry juice and fruit in large pitcher. Chill at least 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses.
Tip: Pomegranate juice can also be used instead of Cranberry juice to give it the sweet yet tart taste.

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Let me know if you decide to try any of these, I'd love to see pictures!