Online Shopping can be a time saver and a money-saver!
... but only if you know WHAT to shop for, and HOW to buy safely. For a busy Mom, online shopping for some
things just makes good sense.
My focus here is using online shopping as a strategic weapon ... almost a survival tactic! (Of
course, it can also be a selfish, well-deserved opportunity to treat yourself - but I deal with that elsewhere. If
this is the direction you're interested in, head for the "Pamper Yourself" link on the left.)
As a mom, your time is precious; so much so that it can make sense to buy some things online even
if it costs more, provided it frees up valuable mom-time. But in reality you can often go online shopping and save
money by doing so.
At one time you probably actually enjoyed shopping expeditions; but that was Before Kids. As you
know all too well, the rules changed when the kids came along. There are MANY advantages to online shopping for
some stuff. How much do you enjoy getting the kids ready and dragging them around with you? When I had toddlers it
used to take me longer just to get them ready to go with me than it did to do the shopping BK (Before Kids).
Even if kids are in school, your schedules are dictated by kid activity timing (home from school,
drop off at soccer or ballet or whatever, you've got 35 minutes to get to the shops, just hope there’s parking
If you do your online shopping right it can be a safe, valuable and pleasant convenience, instead
of a stressful chore.
* You can do it before the kids are up, during their nap, while they're at school, while
they're at supervised after-school activities, after they're in bed - and do it from the comfort of your living
room, with a coffee in your hand, sitting in your pj's.
* You don't waste time traveling there and back.
* No parking hassles either.
* Save on gas and help the environment.
* No line-ups, no crowds.
* No dragging kids, or husbands, along who don't want to be there.
OK, so what kind of things should you buy through online shopping? Well of course you can buy
pretty much anything but there are some "natural" products where on-line shopping plain makes sense from a
perspective of time-saving and convenience.
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kids drag along while you try to find the bra you want in the correct size!
How about your sofa? What about covering it with new covers?
Are you in the market for furniture? Maybe a new dresser? Check out the details of
that you don't have to try on! There are some unbelievable deals on fashion
items out there; some of my favorites can be found here for New Arrivals at LizClaiborne.com!
There are plus sizes for those of us who are more cuddly, and also a men's section, all to make
your life easier.
Shoes can be tricky (and perhaps you consider shoe-shopping a pleasure; I'm one of the
strange ones who thinks its a chore, but no-one has ever mistaken me for being fashionable). However,
it's easy to buy children's shoes only from Amazon.
There are some terrific online shopping deals on handbags and accessories
, deals you'd
never find in your local shops. If you know where to look, you can find brand new designer goods for
cents on the dollar. Try here for Shop Liz Claiborne Accessories
you are bound to find something you like! Or else take a look at what Amazon has to offer -
you'll be spoilt for choice!
Kitchenware. Again, there are some great deals out there; some of the best are
Toys and products for children.
There are always things you would like to buy for
your children, or someone
Check out these great toy deals
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Earlier I said "buy with caution." What do I mean? Well, there are a few things to watch out for.
First of all - online credit card use is in many ways a LOT safer than using a
credit card in a gas station or a restaurant. But it still makes sense to have a card with a small limit that you
use for ALL your online shopping. That way, if a "nasty" gets their hands on your credit card information, the
damage is easily contained. And if you choose the right card you're protected even if someone rips your information
If you want, you can even get insurance in the form of a company monitoring your card use and
raising a red flag if suddenly they see purchases being made that are out-of-town, or don't "fit" your usage
profile. (Initially I had some concern about anyone monitoring my use - but of course every transaction on every
credit card is open to someone’s scrutiny anyway, so what’s the big deal? And, by using just one card for all your
Internet purchases, you limit the scrutiny anyway.) Some of the Better Business folk say this is an unnecessary
expense, though; that if you take some simple precautions you shouldn't need to pay for insurance.
Second - if it’s not a store you know by good reputation, it’s worth a quick
search on one of the popular search engines (most people use Google, I use Dogpile); search both on the company
name and then on the web site name and see what pops up. Review the first 20 or 30 responses to the search ...
you'll often find complaints from forums or even people’s personal web sites when there’s a merchant performing
badly. My husband's partner was about to make a purchase via eBay and this search revealed that the "seller" was a
100% scam artist.
Third - unless this definitely comes under the "treat yourself" or "pamper
yourself" heading, ask if it’s something you need; and is it really good value?
Fourth - check the shipping details. For some stores, shipping is free if you buy more than a
certain amount, so it can make sense to place one large order than several smaller ones over time, PROVIDED we're
talking about things you really need!
Finally - check the warranty and terms for return, just as you would with a
regular in-person purchase at a store.
Now, there are some things you simply can't buy without being physically present. Goods from a
bakery, for example, are best bought in person, fresh that day! And although you used to have to buy your own
groceries, these days there are companies that will do this for you, thus saving you a bunch of time for the more
By planning ahead, you can minimize shopping travel, combining a trip to the bank with a stop at
the bakery and a dash to the library if one place is en route to the other, but you probably do this already! Or
maybe these can be done while one child is at soccer practice. Automatic tellers make banking easier, and with
online banking too, you rarely need to see the inside of a bank or stand in the line-ups there, thank goodness.
Well, all this talk of shopping has got me hooked, so online shopping here I come!