Your Guide to Shopping Online

Category: Mums Corner

Online shopping — whether for groceries or other essentials are a whole lot easier than hitting the malls. And the best part is, some online retailers offer same-day delivery so you know your item will be waiting for you when you get home.

Hands up if you love yourself a little retail therapy! Now, hands up if you’ve treated yourself to a must-have item or two without even leaving your home or maybe even your couch. Online shopping has changed the way most of us shop and has opened up countless of gateways for getting us what we really need and at the price we’re most comfortable with. Yay for online shopping! Here are just some of the reasons why we love it — besides, of course, not having to get dressed up and out of the house.

The Convenience Factor
Gone are the days when you had to get up and get dressed to head to the malls to get your hands on the latest fashion trends, toys or even groceries. With a few clicks of the mouse and a credit card, ticking off your grocery checklist and getting your daughter’s present for her birthday just got a whole lot easier. Plus, you won’t have to deal with manoeuvring the crowds in the city. To make online shopping all that sweeter, your goods are sent right to your doorstep. Some online stores give you free delivery while others guarantee you same-day delivery. Shopping has never been so rewarding.

Let’s Compare
With so many online stores popping up all over the web, we truly have all our choices laid out in front of us. And by shopping online, comparing prices of the item you’re after is fairly simple. You just need to do a little research — no legwork needed. Whether you’re comparing prices, models or brands, do it in the comfort of your home.

Now, Which One Should I Choose?
Do a quick search of the item that’s next on your shopping list? Now, just look at how many online stores are carrying it. Plus, you’ll probably also find a similar item in a different make, model or colour. Online shopping also means you’ll get to shop from all corners of the globe. Want a brand that’s not available in Singapore? Go online. Want a particular highchair that’s sold out here? Go online. Want a diaper bag that’s available in a limited edition colour in Japan? Go online.

Beat That Price
Variety isn’t all that we enjoy when shopping online. The prices are sometimes just a fraction of what you may pay when shopping in the malls and yes that includes shipping! And with loyalty points to be earned and cashback from the online store as well as your credit card, you’ll be able to save even more. A quick tip — look for e-coupons and discount codes to bring the price down even further.

Save More Money
Save on parking, meals and impulse buys! No doubt, a trip to the mall will cost you more than what you initially intended to spend. Think coffee breaks or a rather inviting window display. Did someone say that your favourite store is having a 70 per cent off sale?

Shhh! It’s a Secret!
The best part about shopping online is that no one will know what your cart contains. Planning on getting a surprise for your husband for your anniversary or are you shopping for something that may be a little too embarrassing? Do it online. Without a face-to-face transaction, no one has to know! And not to worry — the delivery guy will be none the wiser too!

Buying a present for a friend or loved one just got a whole lot easier as well. Depending on the site you’re at, you can send a present to anyone anywhere in the world. This saves you the hassle of wrapping up your purchases and heading down to the post office to get it weighed and sent out.

Thanks for sharing!