Online Shopping and How to Find the Best Online Deals

Purchasing items from the internet without an intermediary service is called electronic commerce or simply online shopping. Nowadays, shopping online has become a real trend for people who are too busy to go to a retail store and start a shopping spree. In addition, an online deal can be way more advantageous because websites are constantly offering the cheapest price for certain products.

Finding the best online deals might seem easy for some people, when in fact it’s really not. You have to browse hundreds of sites until to find the cheapest price, and that can be time consuming. To begin with, you can stay updated with the latest news by making an account with the your favourite merchants. Hence, whenever something new and inexpensive pops up, you’ll be the first one to known thanks to online hot deals.

The next step is learning how to be patient when searching for the cheapest price. You should never buy the first thing that seems low-priced because you might find that same item is on other websites even cheaper. You should always look for coupon websites because they offer gift cards. Consequently, when it’s time to pay make sure that you use the adequate credit card for your online deal. Numerous banks offer discounts and you can even add points to your card and win stuff for free.

Most people avoid online shopping because shipping costs too much. On the other hand, if you talk to some friends and you order some items together, the shipping cost will be split and you won’t even feel the difference. In addition, some websites have a certain purchase amount and if you exceed it you get free shipping straight to your home. Other websites even offer free delivery on anything you buy. Alternatively, you can always look for voucher codes to deduct your P&P charges. Returns can sometimes be a problem so always look for free returns. This gives you flexibility since you don’t have to worry about picking the wrong size.

Another affordable way of online shopping is second-hand items. Such stuff can be found everywhere on the web; people usually sell their old things for nearly 20% of the real value. Website like EBay and Craigslist are great places to start your online shopping spree.

There are plenty of other ways to find convenient online hot deals. You can search various forums for top cheap websites, or you can search for fashion blogs. The main idea of affordable online shopping is to make a proper search. The cheapest price is hidden somewhere but if you know how to handle the web, then you’ll definitely find it sooner or later. When you find a sale or a product labeled as a good deal analyse it carefully. Sometimes merchants compare their reduced price with the RRP (retailer recommended price) but this does not mean they have the cheapest price on the market. You can use Google Shopping to compare prices for the same product and decide which is the best deal based on the next best price and not RRP.

Online shopping is one of the smartest ways of purchasing things because you’ll avoid a lot of inconveniences. You’ll have full freedom to pick what you like without a snobby assistant looking at you. Hence, the internet will give you confidence to buy exactly what you desire for the cheapest price. Just make sure to read terms and conditions of the website to avoid scams and offering direct payments to strangers.

Read the Label – 3 Tips for Healthier Shopping and Eating

Many people are looking for healthier ways to eat. Weight loss can be a major factor causing an awareness of what we eat.

It is very important to read the labels of any product you are thinking of putting in your shopping cart to take home to consume yourself or to offer to your family or friends. There are several things to watch out for but at this time I am writing about the 3 most common offenders of good health that can be found in many products.

First, let’s talk about sugar. The average American eats 5 lbs. of sugar a WEEK. I know if you are reading this you are saying to yourself “I do not eat 5 lbs. of sugar a week!” You might not, however you might not know how much sugar is hiding in foods you commonly eat everyday. When you are looking at a label it will most likely have the sugar in grams. Since we don’t commonly use grams for measurement it is important to know that 1 teaspoon equals 4 grams. Also note that items are listed in the order of quantity. When sugar is listed in the top of the ingredients you know that there is a lot of sugar in the product. Sugar can be called by several names. Corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sucrose and dextrose are just a few of the names for sugar.

We all know that Type II diabetes is on the rise in adults and children. In fact, it is so common in children now that they had to change the name from Adult Onset Diabetes to Type II Diabetes. It is imperative to read labels to know how much sugar we are consuming. 20 tsp. of sugar can immobilize your immune system for up to 6 hours. A coke and a candy bar can put you at that level.

The second thing we want to look for is monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG has many other names such as Hydrolyzed Protein, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour and many, many others. Check your labels. Most chicken stocks, beef stocks, bullion cubes crackers, and most prepackaged foods have MSG in one of the forms named above. MSG has been linked to certain neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. The Mayo Clinic has linked MSG to headaches, sweating, numbness, tingling or burning in or around the mouth, rapid, fluttering heartbeats, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea and weakness. Obviously MSG is something we want to avoid.

The third item I want to mention is trans fats. Trans fats have been on the news a lot and many products have eliminated them or reduced the amount of trans fats in their products. This is a good move but it can be misleading. The Food and Drug Administration has set 2.5 grams of trans fat per day per adult as a safe amount. I don’t think any amount is safe but let’s take a look at what can happen. If a product has less than.5g of trans fats in it the label can read “no trans fats.” That is quite misleading! With only 2.5g being the safe, allowable amount per day it is easy to exceed that limit when you think you are not getting any. Always check the label even if it says “no trans fats.” If the label says hydrogenated fats, or partially hydrogenated fats you know that there is trans fat in the product. Trans fats are the culprits that raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and reduce the HDL (good) cholesterol. They also contribute to insulin resistance and Type II Diabetes.

Holiday Shopping and the Men Who Hate it!

I read a news article yesterday that stated men, as a general rule (of course there are always exceptions to the rule!) feel the same amount of stress as a police officer during a riot. That’s pretty serious stress! Most men (again, just a general statement…no offense to those men who DO enjoy shopping!) are about as happy shopping as women are changing a tire in the pouring rain on the side of the interstate at rush hour. This is NOT a happy task!

So, on behalf of all the fine men out there who are among those who loathe the idea of shopping for Christmas gifts (or any other gifts, for that matter!), I offer this to the women in their lives:

Let’s give them a break, ladies! If they prefer to shop online or by mail order or have their secretary do it for them, what’s the harm in that? If they give any thought to gifts they’re buying for you, what difference does it make HOW they buy them? I mean, if you had to choose shopping or policing a riot, what do you think you’d choose?

One of the reasons I thought it might be helpful to offer these thoughts is because I happen to be one of the ‘lucky ones’. The last 3 relationships I had were with men who really did LOVE to shop. I know. It’s weird. But they really did enjoy it. In fact, my last boyfriend used to bug me to go shopping on weekends. I’m not all that crazy about shopping, to tell you the truth. I’d rather buy everything online, have it sent to my house and then have a wrapping party (I do love the wrapping part), undisturbed by traffic, crowds and mean people who have no Christmas spirit whatsoever! But I digress….the reason I thought I’d offer these thoughts is so that , perhaps, you can both enjoy the holidays without getting on each others’ nerves. If you’ll just leave him be, he’ll get it done. And it might even help if you wrote “Santa” a letter!

I used to do this for my first husband, who did like to shop but never knew what to get. He’d start asking in August! And, of course, he’d wait til the last minute because he’d get all stressed out, not knowing what to get. So, I started writing Santa a letter. Even mailed it to him. He thought that was great! And we enjoyed quite a few lovely Christmases after that. (The divorce thing isn’t important. Let’s just say that we realized we weren’t suited for “til death do us part”. It was a happy ending after all!) Anyway, all I’m saying is, if your man doesn’t enjoy the shopping part, give him a hand or just allow him to be who he is and do it his way. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you. It just means he’d rather share good feelings with you than go shopping. And if that article I read had even a stitch of truth to it (I believe so!), I’d prefer my man be happy about the holidays. If he wants to shop online, I’m going to bring him a cocktail (or a beer or whatever he likes) and some snacks while he’s doing it! I want him happy. And I’ll do whatever it takes (well, almost…I do have my limits!).

So, to all you ladies out there with a man who loves them, next time you see him, plant a big ol’ kiss on him and let him know you love him JUST AS HE IS. Take the pressure of perfection off him and be happy he’s in your life. He’ll appreciate that (and he might even brave the mall just because you laid off the nagging!) That’s just how some men are wired, ya know?

Happiest Holidays to You ALL!