Doing your weekly food shop online?

Not many people enjoy the weekly food shop. It often consists of spending a fortune of food and drink which you then have to find a space for when you get home. It can take up a good hour or so of your day and you may end up spending a lot more than you had hoped.

Online food shopping has been around for some time now, but recently more supermarkets are offering delivery to a wider location.

There are a number of advantages to doing your online shop. Firstly you can do it from the comfort of your home and take your time. You can add items to your basket throughout the week, and then just select your delivery time and check out when you are ready to place your order.

The other advantage of shopping online is that it can help reduce what you spend. You will know exactly what it is going to cost you before you checkout so there will be no horrible surprises. You can also shop the deals in an instant and see cheaper alternatives that you may have missed in the store. You can choose a convenient time for it to be delivered and so can stay at home and get other household chores done whilst you wait or relax with a cuppa.

Buying electrical goods abroad

When you go on holiday you may decide to treat yourself to a new gadget.  Often you may find that prices are cheaper abroad then they are in the UK especially for electrical goods.  It is important to remember that not every country has as strict safety checks on electrical goods as we do here in England.

You may find a lot of counterfeit goods abroad which may be sold to you as genuine.  This is not only very often illegal but may mean that you end up with something that does not work properly or worse still is dangerous.

When buying electrical goods abroad be sure to check for all the safety standards marks.  If the item is supposed to be genuine but is a lot cheaper than you would expect to pay the chances are something is amiss.

If you do wish to buy electrical goods abroad then be sure to buy it from a reputable retailer ideally one that has branches in the UK also.  Check to see if you have any warranty with the manufacture as you may struggle to return the item if it becomes faulty or damaged.

Is your shopping habit getting out of control?

With hoarding becoming a bit of an issue in the UK, we may all need to take a step back and look at our shopping habits. Retailers are very good as enticing us in with sales and discounts and we can often find we leave a shop having spent and bought far more than we intended too.

This can be a dangerous game and if you are not carefully your shopping habit can quickly spiral out of control. Not only can you get your self in financial difficulties but you may also find that you simply run out of room to store all your new purchases.

It is important to have a good clear out once in a while and either chuck or donate some of your belongings to stay on top of your home. Before going shopping, try to make a list of what it is you actually need to buy. Having a look round your home first will allow you to truly see what is needed and importantly what is not needed. Make sure that you stick as close to your list as possible so as not to overspend and bring home items you don’t really need.

Price changes when shopping online

It can be very frustrating when you find a product online and then click through to buy it to be showed a different price. This often happens because the search engines index product at a certain price and have not yet picked up that this price has been put on sale or increased on the sellers website.
Another situation which often happens is that at some of the lager retail selling websites such as Amazon, advertise a price but then moments later the price has changed. It is estimated that on average prices change on amazon every ten minutes. If you have not checked out before the price change then you may be looking at paying a higher price (or lower) than you originally saw. Retails also can sell the same product at a different price to different people. You may notice that when you are logged in to your account the price reduces.
All of the above can be done legally but it is worth double checking the total price it is saying you will be charged at the final checkout stage. If you can prove you bought an item at a set price but were charged a different one then you should complain to the company and ask them to refund you the difference.

Black Friday and cyber Monday shopping deals

It seems year after year more and more sales are hitting the stores earlier than before. January used to always be when most of the best savings could be had but with more people turning to online shopping and starting to buy for Christmas earlier on in the year, the retail industry has had to adapt. In November you an often find many of the retailers slashing prices in the run-up to Christmas. This may be through buy one get one free offer, money off vouchers or percentage savings. Black Friday is said to be the busiest day of the year for Christmas shopping and on this day you will often see cut prices on many products. The following Monday is known as Cyber Monday and this is when the best deals online should happen. So when is the right time to buy? The truth is no one knows exactly. If you want to ensure that you get the product you are after then you may want to shop as easily as you can in November but if saving money is more important, then holding out until closer to the festive period may grab you a bargain.