Saving money takes time and sensible planning. As an online business owner saving money leads to further funds for the business. Both forms of shopping have their own positives and negatives. With careful research, there are many deals to find when combing both brick and mortar and online shopping.
When choosing to shop online or at a brick and mortar store, start by weighing the pros and cons of each established method of shopping. When shopping online a consumer is are able to browse multiple stores while sitting in their pajamas, no driving from store to store, and there is no need to deal with overcrowded stores. Time is not an issue, browsing online for a pair of shoes might start at three in the morning or five at night. Online shopping brings the global market place directly to a shopper’s front door. Under normal circumstances, the common person would not be able to browse and purchase from stores far away like China.
When shopping online there are piggyback sites that give credit for using them and buying at particular stores. Particularly there is a site called Ebates. It is a free to use site. When following their links to participating stores and make a purchase Ebates sends cash credit back. The credits vary with participating store but some may offer 2% up to 10% back. This further increases the discount overall. There is another popular piggyback site called SmartyPig. Smartypig bases its site around saving money, creating goals and keeping the money at a great return of 1.00% APY. This is a piggyback site, because when reaching the financial goal the option is to either cash out with a check or load to a gift card based on participating stores. When choosing the gift card option SmartyPig will add 5 to 10% cash on the card. Again, this further increases the discount.
When researching future purchases take into consideration shipping charges with the overall price, as well as the time it will take to get receive the purchase. Shipping fees truly vary from store to store; some items such as lye for making soap is considered a hazardous material and will be sent with UPS ground which is higher than standard USPS shipping. Some items are large, bulky, or oddly shaped and they will have higher shipping fees. There are also express and priority-shipping options, which will guarantee a speedier shipment but usually doubles the shipping costs. Always remember any international order will take weeks if not months, they have the clear customs usually outgoing and incoming. Is this an item needed; next week, next month, or whenever it arrives? Larger stores like Wal-Mart, Sears, and Kohl’s do offer free site to store shipping, essentially removing all shipping charges. As well as site to store, shipping is usually faster than standard shipping.
There are advantages when shopping at brick and mortar stores such as taking a tour of the clearance racks, which may provide some great finds. Clearance items are a tricky lot, items might not be...