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Shopping Online For The Holidays

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Shopping online is the easiest way to prepare for the holidays. The internet makes it possible to shop from the comfort of your house.  You can research gifts and comparison shop saving time and effort.  As you prepare to start shopping online, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Start early to avoid rush shipping fees, especially with personalized or custom items
  • Make a list of everything you need to buy and try to combine orders to avoid increased shipping costs
  • Comparison shop on several websites before making a decision
  • Check the company’s return/exchange policy
  • Check the shipping and handling time frame
  • Ship gifts directly to the recipient if time or distance is an issue
  • If you have never ordered from a site before, look for customer testimonials, reviews, and privacy policy
  • Sign up for a website’s newsletter and facebook group to receive coupons and sale notifications
  • Choose a site that has a payment option you are comfortable with
  • Double check the order before confirming
  • Save all e-mail receipts until after you know the item does not need to be returned or exchanged
  • Keep track of how much you have  spent on your original list

Shopping can be overwhelming, but being organized and starting early can make it much easier!

Holiday Shopping Deadlines

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I’ll admit that usually I am a last minute shopper.  Most years I am just starting my shopping at this time, but this year I am already done!  This is mostly due to on line shopping.  It has been great getting most of it done from the comfort of my home and watching as the packages arrive.  The last of the shopping was some photo ornaments I finished up today.

If you still have some gifts to buy on your list, here are a few deadlines for getting those online gifts in time using standard shipping (most have later dates which you can order by and pay for expedited shipping).

Shutterfly:   December 10-19
Snapfish:  December 14-17
Amazon:  Free super saver shipping – December 16; Standard shipping – December 20
Apple Store:  December 18
Barnes & Noble:  Decemeber 17
Borders:  Decemeber 16
Cafe Press:  Decemeber 15
Disney Store: Decemeber 17
Gamestop: December 21
Red Envelope:  December 16
Target:  Decemeber 20
ToysRUs: December 20
VistaPrint: December 10
PuddlesCollection:  December 10

Happy Shopping!

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