If you are very busy working or for other reasons that you have very little or no time to do your shopping then you should try doing in on line.
I broke my hip fairly recently and it was impossible for me to go out and come back carrying very heavy bags.
Friends and family did help but I didn’t want to ask them to do things for me all the time. It was one of them who suggested that I could do my shopping on my computer and have everything delivered to my house. I first tried one of the largest chain of stores and ordered food to save people trudging around doing my shopping.
However I found that if they do not have what you ordered they will find something else as a substitute. I once ordered three aubergines and instead of this vegetable I received three tubs of pureed aubergines! Definitely not what you wanted if you are making a moussaka that needs aubergine in slices, not in a pot. I was also suspicious that they give you the vegetables which are meant for reduced section of the store.
I tried with another store and had the same results. I complained to the manager and got a voucher you could only use in their store. Obviously they think that they have can get away with palming you off with some of the products about to pass their sale by date. This was definitely a hit and miss trial but one that I wouldn’t try again nor recommend to friends.
However when I admired a jumper that a friend was wearing she said she had bought it on the internet and that a lot of her clothes she found for sale were well known brands. She gave me the name of a website that is so popular that you can even buy the kitchen sink!
No, seriously you can find anything online. Most of the different and popular sites will hold an auction where you can place bids and if you are lucky you might find a bargain – a dress for 99p for example. Or some items can be bought immediately, I find this wonderful as I am an armchair shopper!
You can also put your unwanted items into an auction and cross your fingers that someone somewhere will buy them for a good price. It is a brilliant way to shop – if whatever you have ordered doesn’t fit or is not the colour you wanted you can return it and get a rebate.
As I sit here I am wearing a jumper, pair of jeans and shoes that I bought on line which I would have paid double the price found in well known shops. But do realise that this can become an addiction. If you put a bid in for an item in an auction you can’t remove it so you will have to watch to see if your bid was successful. If it is not you can look for another similar item and start bidding all over again.
Otherwise you can type in the name of your favourite shop and scroll through the ranges to see what they are offering each season. As soon as the sales start you can grab a bargain that will be delivered to your home.
So sitting in front of a computer does save money. If you don’t own one most libraries have a bank of them and are cheap to use. Happy shopping.
Written by: Jane Buckle
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