I sound like a broken record when I talk about having four children; it applies to most of my planning strategies and shopping is no different. Now, with all of my youngest children in school I could go to the store, but I still make mistakes. I can eat before I go, even go with a list, but end up with more then I intended to buy.
After recently starting a Keto challenge with my husband I knew the store might be even more tempting then usual; the two methods below show you how-to Shop Online & Save Money in two different ways. Both saved me over $1,000 in a year.
First, here are the reasons you may want to Shop Online & Save Money:
- Can’t stick to the items on your list/want to avoid guilt of compulsive purchases.
- To be able to shop and compare prices at your own pace & from the convenience of your own home.
- You do not want to be subjected to long checkout lines or the hassle of in-store shopping.
- Don’t want to drag your family (or yourself) to the store.
- Hate Shopping or trying to find a place to park.
Second, if one or all of the above apply here are two ways you can Shop Online & Save Money:
One: Curb-Side Pickup.
This is easy and straight forward. This option is not available in all areas, so feel free to skip ahead if you do not have this service in your area. If you are not sure if it is available just Google “Curbside Grocery Pickup Near Me”.
Go online and set up an account at the applicable store if you do not already have one and start shopping. Select a pickup time, pay and show up to pickup your groceries. Most stores have clear signage that will direct you on where you need to go to pickup your groceries.
This method ensures you will stick to your list and you can shop the best prices online or through ads. There is generally not a fee for this service; all locations vary. Our local Neighborhood Walmart refuses tipping also.
Two: Online Shopping for Other Household Goods.
I recently posted how-to Organize Your Closet (Easily), which became the area in my house for a home goods inventory. I stock this area once every three months. By doing this I was able to identify what we need and consume as a household. This method is a bit tedious at first; it’s worth the effort. Remember the part about four kids, well, you can bet I do not want to drag them into Walmart or any other store shopping for that matter! So, here is what I did:
- Made a list of home good items that I would stock for three months.
- Picked two to three retailers. I used two because I know Amazon and Walmart will deliver the best price and widest selection. I also have Amazon Prime, so it’s a no-brainer.
- Compare prices and select the items from each store that are the cheapest then order. Amazon offers free two-day shipping through Prime and Walmart does too. Now Walmart will deliver many items free two-day shipping if you spend $35 or more. It’s typically free to pick up items shipped directly to the store either way. Each store has a time cutoff for orders (e.g., order must be placed by 2 pm.).
- Create “wish” lists online to keep track of items or future purchases.
Tip: Use Amazon’s Subscribe and Save for automatic additional savings and coupon coupling (eg., if an item you are purchasing has a digital coupon Amazon will tell you)!
Buy switching to online shopping I ended up saving roughly $80 a month on home good items, which is just $40 shy of saving a $1,000 a year! We all know that is probably well over $1,000 once you eliminate impulse buying ;p
Shop Online & Save Money when you hate going to the store or experience the guilt of impulse spending. Find the best retailers and compare prices. If you buy your home goods through them regularly you will receive big savings. Create “wish” lists to keep track of items and future purchases too.
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