11/11 Singles' Day is back for your wallet

China's Singles' Day sale is returning on most of your favourite online websites

In recent years, 11/11 has been the day we try to hide our credit cards - it's when the Singles' Day sale happens. From starting off as a Chinese phenomenon, the event has increasingly been picked up by global online shopping sites too, with some kicking off promotions even before the day itself.

Mother of sales

Of course when it comes to offers, China's Taobao and Tmall are great sources of deals and Tmall now even supports purchases made via online banking.

Shopback's prepared a video that helps you set up a Tmall account as well as how to create an AliPay account to make payment easier.

If you'd rather shop locally, you'll also be spoiled for choice - Lazada, Uniqlo, Shopee, Q10 are just some of the websites that have started putting up promos for sales, including some early-bird flash events in the run-up to 11/11.

To make sure you don't get carried away, best to first browse your targeted sites and think about what you want to get. Don't get fooled by so-called 'discounts' when the price of the items aren't much different from their original retail. Do your research, set a budget and most of all, don't buy something just because it's cheap - buy it because you really want it.

If all else fails, freeze your credit cards. Don't forget, next month is also when the year-end sales happen, so decide whether you can wait until then instead.