A few days before Christmas and you haven’t done your shopping yet. Would you go online or instore?
With the pesky traffic jams, surely, you had a bad day? So you put the kids in bed, open up a bottle of wine and do some online retail therapy as your reward. Or, if the kids are driving you crazy, escaping to the grocery store while hubby minds the kids feels like a tantrum-free holiday. Your personality, lifestyle, sleep deprivation and what you’re shopping for influence whether you grab the car keys or turn the computer on.
Does the thought of wrestling a car spot give you anxiety? Or do you look forward to pay day and the chance to socialise while you shop? Do you enjoy sitting in bed at midnight checking out your favourite sellers, or does the thought of using technology send you to sleep? Online shopping is your fairy godmother when you’re sick, you have kids to feed and bath, when your partner is on extended business or you’re a single parent. Graciously accept this help and get typing!
1. Clothes shopping
When buying clothes online, there’s no need to search through the hangers looking for your size. It tells you instantly. But there’s a chance you may need to exchange items.
Check the company’s exchange policy and consider how likely you are to arrange an exchange (I have a bag of items for exchange – they have been sitting in my wardrobe for 6 months!).
2. Great Deals
For bigger or irregular purchases (think fridges and cameras), online research is a great way to grab a deal. If you’re purchasing an expensive item, check the warranty process and consider how likely the company will still exist in 12 to 24 months’ time.
You can also approach your local store and see if they will match an online deal. Big retailers will match online prices when trying to create customer loyalty or if it’s been a bad month for sales.
3. Speciality purchases
These days, many unique or home crafted items are only available online through Facebook or Etsy (think craft markets of the online world). There are great birthday and Christmas presents waiting to be discovered in these online speciality stores.
4. Grocery shopping
Stores like Woolworths and Coles make online shopping easy, with your shopping completed in 20-30 minutes. The benefits of online grocery shopping include:
- A glass of wine and in pj’s while doing your groceries? Who doesn’t love that?
- Save your regular shopping list online – just tick the regulars, add on the extras and you’re done.
- The grocery bill totals as you go – makes sticking to your grocery budget easier.
- Less chance of those ‘waiting in line’ impulse buys.
- No more buying something ‘just in case there is none left at home’ – you can run to your cupboard and see.
- For the Gluten-Free and Vegan among us – you can view products by Gluten Free and Vegetarian!