We go to a lot of birthday parties. I have several friends with kids who are the same age as mine, and Rylie and Bryce both have a lot of friends at school, so between all of those kids, it seems like we have at least one birthday party to go to every weekend. Well this weekend we have two to go to, and until tonight, I totally forgot about getting gifts for these parties. One is Friday night and the other is Saturday morning, and I know that I will not have any time to go out shopping between now and then. Instead, I spent 15 minutes online purchasing gifts, and they are guaranteed to arrive by Friday, just in time for party #1.
As I was sitting here ordering those gifts, I thanked my lucky stars for the ability to shop online. First off, it saves me from having to wrangle my kids in a store. When we do go out shopping, it is usually after a long day at school, and between being hungry and tired, my kids just don't want to shop. If we're shopping for a birthday present and have to go look at toys, well just forget about it. Between Bryce wanting to "beep" everything, and Rylie wanting to buy everything for herself, it can make what should have been a quick trip turn into hours of "don't touch that" or "no you can't have that now, maybe Santa will bring that to you". Don't get me wrong, my kids aren't holy terrors in the store like some kids can be, but they are kids, and kids like to touch stuff.
The other great thing about shopping online is the ability to make sure you are getting the lowest price. There is no way I have time to run from store to store to figure out which one has the lowest price on the item I am trying to buy. Who does? When I shop online, I can do a quick search to find out where I will get the best price. I don't stop there, though. Once I find the website with the best price, I always look for additional discount codes on sites like CouponCodes4U. These sites rely on consumers to share coupon codes that they find, in order to provide the best discounts for the rest of us. I can either search for a particular merchant site, or I can search for the product brand I am looking for.
For example, if we have a birthday party to go to for one of Bryce's friends, I will think about what Bryce is playing with a lot lately and set out to purchase something similar for his friend. Since his most recent obsession is Legos, I will search around online for different Lego sets to try and find the lowest price. Before I order anything I will see if there is a lego coupon available online, either for the merchant I found the best price at, or for that brand in general.
I can usually find discount codes for most online merchants for a percentage off, or a free gift with purchase, but at the very least, I am almost always able to find a Free Shipping code. As a general rule, I refuse to pay for shipping when I shop online. Depending on how the shipping is calculated, you could end up paying double for your purchase when you add in shipping. If I cannot get free shipping at the merchant with the cheapest price, I will most likely make my purchase from a website where I can.
I'm not the most frugal person out there, but I like a good deal just like everyone else. When it comes to online shopping, I know how to find those deals, and I definitely always look!
What about you? Are you an online shopper, or do you still prefer to browse around traditional brick and mortar stores? How do you find the best deals?
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