I started my online shopping addiction about 10 years ago. I was looking for maternity and baby wear. When I found a 6-pack of onesies for $4.00, I knew I was onto something. While it has it’s downsides, online shopping has satisfied most of my household needs over the years.
Shockingly, I’ve ALWAYS hated shopping. There is always something annoying to me about crowds or people just standing in isles, just to be standing….. I’m an “in and out” type of girl. I like to get my shit and I I like to get out. I hate long lines. During the rare occasions of in-person shopping, my children are pretty well-behaved. However, any parent knows that when you have children in the store for too long, they start to get restless. Snacks and drinks become insignificant at that point.
It’s convenient. Online shopping works for me because I don’t drive. Sure, my husband drives. However, being able to grab the same things virtually as I would in person saves time and gas. All I need to depend on is my Wi-Fi connection. Wal-Mart also has a feature where you can order your groceries online, and then pick them up. Do I miss the days when we had two hour grocery trips? Hell no! Not to mention, the Walmart Grocery prices are cheaper than the in-store prices. I just love saving $2.00 on a box of training pants. That adds up, beloved! Take that $2.00 and buy a pack of wipes.
The online selection is almost always greater! There are only so many variations in the store because they are exclusive to that store. When you shop online, you have more choices because companies can ship from all around the country.
I find some fabulous prices! This one is a NO-BRAINER. I have six children, children grow out of their clothes at a rapid pace, and I’m not rich. Do the math. I am naturally a cheap person, but as a parent, it’s very imperative that I am frugal. I bet that you have probably never walked into a mall and walked out with a pair of OshKosh B’gosh sneakers for $6.00. If you know how to get the most out of the search bar, you can find some amazing deals on Amazon! What do I look like turning down 3 shirts for $5.00? Sure, sometimes the shirts might be the same color, but who says we can’t triplet? 100 laundry pods for $8.00? Yes ma’am! I found the same double stroller online that was in the store for $50.00 more. Don’t play with me!
More often than not, I have been extremely satisfied with my online purchases. Whenever I get that rare article of clothing that is too small or too big, I can just hand it up or down. Sometimes I have to use patience because some deals are not as easy to find, but they can be found. This method just works for my family, and we have saved a lot of time and money.
I will say that I broke my online shopping norm to do an in-person trip. I just wanted to see if I was missing anything…. I wasn’t. I ended up spending WAY more than I intended, and I couldn’t find half of what I needed. I did end up leaving with a $5.00 pair of jeans for myself, a bunch of things for the kids, and a massive headache. I’m sticking to my devices!
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