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Category Archives: Shopping

Save Money While Shopping

Always time your purchase

This means to be patient and time your purchase as much as possible. In other words you should never impulse buy any product or service. This is only going to make you lose a significant amount of money. For instance, if you want to buy an electronic good, make sure you wait for its prices to drop gradually before you actually make your purchase. This is easy when it comes to electronic goods and can be difficult in other niches.

Substitute your choice

This means that you can also think of substituting your choice in case you feel that the item you want to purchase to not very feasible. A product might be very costly but its substitute can be a very good choice if you want to save some money. Thus you can also consider this tip and move on with your purchase.

Expand your universe

There are so many options for hopping up there and this means that you must expand it as much as possible. Never head straight to your favorite website or store as this will result in impulse buying.

Shop on a Budget

It is really important to know what you like, want or need before you set out to . You need to know if you want to buy one really expensive piece or a bunch of inexpensive stuff. If it’s a simple stocking up session it makes more sense to buy a number of items than one expensive one, but if it’s like a random shop then you can buy like one or two expensive items be it clothes or jewellery.

If you know your wardrobe it is easy to shop when you go out. It is important to first buy what you don’t have instead of spending on things that will just duplicate your already existing collection. Do you have stone washed jeans? Do you have too many casuals and no formals at all? Do you have any date-worthy outfits? Do you have shoes that match your wardrobe style? Are you missing certain colors and stocking up on one color?

All these questions make it easier to know what you need to buy and how many do you need of a certain style.

Also sorting out your wardrobe helps. If, I have to organize my wardrobe, I will have a mount full of blue clothes and really less of other colors, so my aim will be to lessen the pile by removing clothes I don’t use anymore and buying some other colors.

You can sell, giveaway or just throw the pieces of jewelry, clothes and shoes that you don’t need any more or are broken or the ones you grew out of.

Every woman has her own sense of a classic piece, for some it can be the age-old trend of stone washed jeans and white tee, or that vintage piece of statement jewellery that you love.

You can always buy those classic items and adorn them with accessories and attachments. It is important to have a small amount of good quality clothes that look great on you than a closet full of ill-fitted bad quality clothes. If you have a dream wardrobe, add things to it one at a time, but for that you will have to save up and not splurge on unnecessary things. Also good quality clothes can be worn in multiple ways and on multiple occasions and they will make you look fabulous.

Look for free shipping and the option to an easy return. Online shopping is the new way to save money. There are constant deals which are available online; there is no set season sale so you can come across one at any point.

Get Cash Back for Shopping Online

To ensure you get the most money back every time you purchase something online, simply sign in to your account at one of the best cash back websites, first and then click through to the store you want to shop at. You will earn money back on every purchase you make, whether you are booking a vacation or searching for new clothes, at your favorite store online.

The money is automatically added to your account. Your earnings are sent cash via check or PayPal.

You can stack or layer your savings by combining the best coupons with the highest money back percentage rates.

You can also share the gift of shopping rewards. When you refer your friends, family and coworkers, you’ll receive special cash bonuses. Plus your friends will get a cash bonus too after their first purchase. It’s a win-win and free money.

The top shopping portal website, Ebates was founded in 1998. Their websites have paid over $325 million in cash to its members.

How Ebates Works
Ebates earns a commission when a shopping session is initiated through their website. They share a percentage of the commission with its members in the form of money back. Members are paid quarterly via check or through PayPal. They will send payment for purchases posted during the previous quarter. But if you’ve earned less than $5.01, they’ll carry over your money to the next check. They pay on time like clock work.

Simply make you purchases through the shopping portals, and earn money back at your favorite stores. How? The stores pay the web sites a fee when you shop there. These sites then share that fee directly with you – it’s just that easy.

Also the deals don’t end with money back. You can use coupons or promo codes and exclusive offers for even more savings while shopping online. By doing this you can stack or layer the savings. You can start saving money, by using coupons and getting dollars back at the same time! If you do these two easy steps while shopping online, you can really stack up the savings.

Best of all, you are never charged a membership fee or required to mail-in rebate forms. They simply send you your free money, with no strings attached.

You join the cash back websites for free. The sign-up to get started is a very simple process and you can start shopping and earning cash back as soon as you sign-up.

Buy Online Safely

1. Stick with trusted brands

Buying from trusted brands is the first thing that you should keep in mind as far as shopping online is concerned. This will give you the peace of mind that you are buying the right stuff at the right price. Moreover, reputable brands use high security measures.

Make sure that you avoid fraudsters as they create fake websites that look professional. Also, keep in mind professional-looking websites have a high rate of success as far as extracting data is concerned. So, it’s a good idea to stick to reputable brands only.

2. Use credit cards instead of debit cards

When buying online, credit cards offer more security than debit cards. Actually, credit cards are not linked to the funds you own. Moreover, credits cards don’t allow you to spend more than the given limit. So, you won’t pay in case your information gets stolen and compromised.

In the same way, it’s a good idea to use secure online payment systems, such as PayPal. Actually, these services act like an intermediary and provide safety when buying online. Therefore, it’s a good idea to use a payment gateway instead of using an unsafe method of payment.

3. Look for https URL

Https was introduced by Netscape, which is a web safety protocol. Actually, it encrypts information in order to keep the data private and secure. In most cases, the URL text has a padlock symbol.

Actually, the letter S in the term Https refers to secure. As a matter of fact, sites that has https in their URLs are safe since they use SSL to encrypt information that is sent over the web.

4. Be aware of Fake offers

Some people grab an unbelievable offer with great enthusiasm without giving it a second thought. You may not want to use the offers that lure you to buy something at a very low price. You should be careful as there are tons of scams out there who make tempting offers to entice buyers.

So, you should be careful when a holiday is approaching as most companies make a lot of genuine offers before these days and scammers take advantage of it. And fraud companies also make fake offers in order to steal money from people’s credit cards.

5. Use a mobile phone network instead of a public Wi-Fi

Most people love public WiFi. However, as far as buying online, you may not want to use a public WiFi since it involves a lot of risk. As a matter of fact, most hotspots are very insecure and they are more prone to attacks from hackers.

Get Play Store Gift Card Online

Does that mean that you should simply forgo these games, apps, books and movies? There is one easy and simple workaround for this dilemma: buy a Play Store Gift Card. If you live in other countries that contain certain restrictions in premium content, you can download the books, apps, games, TV show, movies and magazines that you desire. As long as you have play cards, you can access every content in all formats available, no matter where you live.

Most of these cards are available in different brick-and-mortar shops. But how can you buy gift cards if your country does not allow you to? Your best option would be to buy from different authorized online sources. There are sites offering products like this which are pretty straightforward and offering convenient payment methods. Buying these gift cards online has a few benefits and would definitely bring out the techie side of you. For one, you will be able to buy content from the Play Store at considerably lower prices which translates to cost savings on your part. Second, if you purchase from a reputable online seller, you are assured that your purchase is secure. On top of that, you need not worry about your personal and payment information being stolen because these important details are not stored at the servers of the online merchant.

These gift or game cards are delivered electronically via email and without any difficulty. This means that after completing your purchase, you will be able to receive it and begin buying and downloading content from the Play Store, as long as you still have remaining credits. Redemption is hassle-free. You can redeem your gift card either on a desktop computer or from the app on your mobile device. Plus, the gift card has no expiry date which means that you can use it anytime that is convenient to you.

Choose a Mobile Laptop Cart

Real Estate

You may be thinking all you really need is enough space for your laptop and maybe a mouse, but think about when you’re working at a regular desk. For me it’s not uncommon for me to have some reference paperwork nearby, a reference book on my desk, and a few writing instruments.

If you get a computer cart that just holds a laptop, you run the risk of making it uncomfortable to work. If you will be uncomfortable working on a mobile laptop cart, you might as well stick with a traditional desk instead.

For example, I have enough space on my mobile desk to hold a keyboard, mouse, mousepad, books, papers, pens, and some accessories. It’s not just a mobile laptop cart, it’s my mobile workspace.

Adjustability

We’re not all the same height. We’re all different. Unless you buy a completely custom built mobile computer cart designed just for you, you’re going to have to buy a mass-produced model. If you buy one that’s not very adjustable, you run the risk that it won’t be comfortable to use.

The adjustable laptop cart you choose should at least be height adjustable to the height you need. It’s also nice if the angle of the laptop surface is adjustable to fit your desired wrist angle.

For many who have worked long hours at a desk, you may know the pain of carpal tunnel or other stress injuries. You should be comfortable without stressing your arms, back, or wrists. To do that you need to buy a mobile laptop cart with as much adjustability built-in as possible.

Mobility

This is an article about mobile laptop carts which means they roll on casters. Casters come in a variety of sizes, materials, designs, and can be lockable or not. Larger casters roll easier over a variety of surfaces. Metal casters are more durable than plastic casters. Rubberized casters roll more easily over smooth surfaces without sliding.

Locking casters keep your mobile laptop cart in place while you’re using it and then unlock so you can move the cart where you need it. Most models of rolling computer cart come with at least two of their four casters lockable.

Try to avoid small, cheap casters that don’t roll easily over the surfaces in your home and will probably fail in the long run.

Stand or Sit

I think everyone would agree that sitting is not as good for your health as exercising. Whether it’s healthier to stand in one place at your desk for hours or to sit at your desk for hours is still being debated. Both styles are available and there are even some models that can function as both a standup or sitting laptop desk.

All about Convenience of Online Shopping

Best advantage

One the greatest advantages of shopping online, especially in areas where this is well established is the discounts that you may be able to access. This is given as an incentive to attract more and more buyers. When there are promotional sales, it is possible to access goods at a great discount. You need to follow news in different stores so as to enjoy such discounts should they come up. Most sites also offer bonuses and you can get them when you shop, give reviews of products; make a video or photo purchases and so on.

Popularity

One of the areas in the world where online shopping has become very popular is developing countries. Many people have realized that the goods from developing countries are very affordable and of quite a high quality. You will note that many high end brands and international ones have got factories within these countries. There are shopping companies that cooperate with different factories so as to come up with the greatest brands and then make them available to the public. This ensures that customers are able to get the best bargains in the market. This is why so many people prefer doing their shopping online as they can compare different stores and get the best products with low prices.

The online shopping website can actually save you lots of cash. The great competition that exists makes the online sores and the emerging stores engage in a fight so as to gain the trust of customers. You will note promotions, services, deals and even coupons. You can enjoy great value for money. Many people enjoy internet connection today and there are those who prefer shopping online than having to visit different online stores.

Agents

The other thing that has come out strongly is the use of agents. These agents are able to bridge the gap between the sellers and the buyers. What usually happens is that they help in the communication process and they connect the buyer and the seller. If you choose to use an agent, they will be responsible for making payments to sellers on your behalf.

The agents also do an inspection, which ensures that you don’t get incorrect or inferior products. You will get only the highest quality ones. They also do the packaging and then consolidate the items so that they can be packaged popular for transit.

Get Best From Coupon Codes

Take the time to always check coupon database before buying. There are so many online databases now offering the coupon codes and you need to make the proper choices to benefit from the codes. Ensure that you can fully rely on the coupon provider so you can get authentic codes that add value to your shopping.

After entering the code, ensure that the stated discount reflects to the total before going ahead with the purchase. Remember that discounts on coupon coded never appear after submitting payment hence the need to be sure of the reflection before you make payment for your shopping.

Check expiration dates on the coupon codes so you are able to benefit from it in time. Remember that product demand and limited supplies could necessitate early expiration of the coupons and the stores can do it without much notice for that reason. You therefore are better off acting quickly on the offers and keeping up with checks to be sure that what you have is still valid.

Find out the possibilities of using more than one coupon at a time. There are retailers that make it possible for buyers to use more than one coupon code on the same purchase. If this is possible, then going ahead and enjoy the greater discount percentages that you can get from the coupons that you have. It is in such cases that stacking up the codes becomes truly beneficial in the end.

Know the best time to find valuable coupon codes. Timing is very important and what you should know is that most online deals are on in the beginning of the month, middle and end of the month. They are some of the best times to find fresh coupons on online stores so mark your calendar or set reminders so you are able to take full advantage of the offers.

Be Smarter Shopping

Beware the Advertisements

When you go into a store, look for a sale. The advertised prices at one store might not be the best price in town. By shopping around you will know what is the best price is. Sometimes the advertised items are not the cheapest, so it is in your best interest to look around before you commit.

Look for Unadvertised Specials

Sometimes the best price is not advertised. Stores frequently drop prices on items. Those unadvertised specials are a great way to save a little money and get something you may have been eyeing but did not want to pay full price.

Don’t Go On Payday or After Work

If you want to avoid a crowd, avoid the store right after work. Everyone is stopping to get last minute things. The same thing applies to payday and just before a major holiday. If you want to shop in peace and avoid the crowds, go during the day.

Check Your Emotions at the Door

Smart shopping is always done when you are emotionally sound. You should never hit a sale when you are in an “I deserve it” mood. By going into a store desperate for an item or in a mindset that you deserve the treat, you end up spending more than necessary. In order to shop smarter, always check your emotions before heading out.

Small Stores Are Great, but Large Stores Are Cheaper

Yes, it is wonderful to support local businesses. In some cases, they are unique enough to have items that you cannot find anywhere else. However, if you are looking for a common item and you want to get the best price, you must go to the big box stores. They have the best prices because they can afford to buy in bulk and can afford to lower profit margin on some items. They tend to make up the difference elsewhere.

Pick Summer Bedding

The color of the bedding

It is apparent that Light colors reflect the heat, unlike the dark colors. So choose a Light colored bedding for the summer. Dark colored sheets trap the heat and cause inconvenience to you during the nighttime. White or Beige Colors are the best choice, though they require a bit of maintenance.

Natural or Artificial Quilt Covers

Cotton fibers are second to none in terms of comfort it offers in the summer. Natural materials like Linen or Cotton has many advantages than the synthetic fibers like polyester. Natural fibers are light in weight and they are breathable materials. So, they bring you comfort as well as peaceful sleep. Artificial Fibers are affordable and light in weight but are not suitable for summer.

Thread Count

The density of the fabric influences the design, embroidery, durability, and the pattern. If the thread count is more, then it gives a scope for the designer to weave a plush pattern on the bedding material. If the bedding is too dense and the thread count is higher, it affects the breathing ability of the fabric. So, it is recommended to use the bedding with a mid-range thread count.

Cotton Vs Linen

When it comes to natural fibers, many people got stuck at the crossroads of Linen and Cotton.

Linen is made from the stalk of the Flax plant. It is stronger than cotton fiber. It has a high moisture absorbing capacity and eco-friendly. It has a high breathing capacity, which allows the air to circulate. Structurally, it is stronger and will not deform. It is also hypoallergenic which makes it the best choice for baby bedding. Linen is also referred as nature’s wicker.