Saturday, 19 May 2012

Are You A Savvy Online Shopper - SOS Friday

I'm so pleased to be joining in SOS Friday, a new linky by the very lovely Kate on Thin Ice. You can join too here.

“Savvy Online Shoppers Friday started over on Kate on Thin Ice’s blog where she encourages you to check out an easy way to ensure that money goes to charity when you shop online at no extra cost to you. Read more here http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/what-support-does-tommys-offer-to-parents-and-parents-to-be-how-can-you-get-involved/

To start us off Kate has given us some questions to answer! I love questions almost as much as I love shopping!

1. How often do you shop online?

At least monthly and sometimes more often. As a non driver I find supermarket shopping infinitely easier than going into the store. It's also cheaper than taxis, and puclic transport to supermarkets is dire around here.

2. If you can remember, tell us about the first time you shopped online?

I honestly can't remember. I am not even sure if I online shopped in Australia or not til I moved to England. It seems crazy to think of a time when I didn't shop on line!

3. What do you buy regularly online?

I shop for groceries regularly on line, and clothes too. I have an expensive Scandinavian boys clothes habit, and most of the brands I love are mainly on line. I also have an Amazon habit!

4. What other type of products or services do you buy online? (flowers, gifts, holidays, insurance etc)

I tend to look on line for deals and then use the phone for things like insurances. I find sometimes you do better with a human. I do like buying flowers on line, particularly as I get them sent abroad. I do buy flights online, but for long haul usually do it in person or on the phone after checking prices.

5. What are the advantages of shopping online?

Clearly convenience. Shopping with a small child is the path to madness. I think its easier at times to stick to a budget on line, and certainly find that with online supermarket shopping, you can shop for best deals, easily put things back on the virtual shelf, and you can even finalise, then go back and change your order. I find I spend less doing it online. I also love looking around different shops and comparing prices. One of my favourite finds is Cooperative Electrical on line! It's brilliant, and delivery is so quick!

6. Are there any disadvantages of shopping online?

It can be easy to impulse buy, especially on Amazon when you can do fast click buying. I think sometimes you can pick up bargains in supermarkets that never appear on line, like close to date goods. Also, and I find it happens less now, but I used to get dreadful fruit and vegetables on line, and missed the ability to select my own, but I have found that that has improved a lot over the years.

7. Do you ever shop online in secret?

Um do I have to answer that? Occasionally I may have bought a little something that didn't need to trouble my husband's busy mind.....

8. What is the very last thing you bought online?

A book from Amazon, "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark"

9. If someone was buying something online for you, what would you like it to be if money was no object?

Oh that's a difficult one. My birthday is coming up, and if someone bought me a trip home to Australia that would be nice. Or an I-Pad would be lovely, or even just a lovely cook book. Anything really, I am not fussy. Surprises are always nice!

10. Have you heard of Give As You Live? If not find out more here http://www.give.as/kateonthinice where a video will show you all about it.

I most certainly have and was excited to see that Britmums and Kate are supporting it. I started using it in December. I have learnt about the extensions for Firefox and Chrome, that make it so much easier, and have found loads of online retailers that I wasn't aware of. I didn't know I could use Give As You Live with Tesco for example, until I started using the extension for Firefox.

It's such an easy, and free way to give.

Like Kate I support Tommy's.  Now being a good time to remind you I am doing a 10k hobble with my poorly knee in a week's time. Please support me with a donation if you can.Will my new short hair help my running/waddling? Time will tell!


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