Do you feel guilt about online shopping? As long as you are thoughtful about your purchases, and sticking to your family budget, you shouldn’t feel guilty. Actually, a Carnegie Mellon study showed that online shopping uses a third less energy than traditional retail.
I’m really a fan of online shopping simply because I find shopping more stressful than soothing. I also try to be very mindful when shopping online so that I feel more satisfied than suckered into a deal.
My favorite place to shop for kids clothes is Children’s Place. Each season they discount 40%, and you can usually find all the basics for $3-5. Sales are better online and you’ll have the pick of the warehouse rather than one local retailer.
I have a few money-saving habits.
- Sign up for sales email from your favorite stores, set them to deliver directly into an online shopping folder so you won’t be bothered constantly.
- Only shop seasonally as-needed.
- Know your limits – make a list and budget before you shop and stick to it.
- Make sure you have cash, but use credit. You’ll earned miles or cash back, plus you’ll be reminded of how much you spent when you pay your monthly credit tab.
- Search for promo-codes. I usually save 10-15% or get free shipping. It adds up and is worth the two minutes.
What are your favorite places to shop online?
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