The very first e-commerce transaction went down in 1994 when a 21-year-old entrepreneur sold a copy of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales album to a friend for $12.48, plus shipping. I bet Dan Kohn didn’t know that he was changing the way we shop that day. We all ought to send him a thank you note because having the ability to shop online is a real gamechanger. Here’s six reasons why shopping online is such a big deal. Especially for mothers.
You see, before I became a parent, shopping was one of my favorite pastimes. A quick trip to the mall meant therapy-retail therapy. Now that I’m a mom of three things have changed. With my kids in tow I need therapy after I go shopping.
The days of impromptu shopping sprees have been replaced with a laundry list of things to do before I get into the car.
It means work.
It means packing healthy snacks, juice, and activities for each of them, because heaven forbid they get bored along the way. And I get to listen to kids fighting or Kidz Bop for the duration of the trip. Most times, I’m exhausted and miserable before I even get to the store.
That’s why most parents, myself included, have come to know internet shopping as their go to solution.
Understandably, a lot of us have mixed feelings when it comes to the internet. For your children, safety is an issue, but for Moms who face the dread of dragging their child around a mall, it’s a dream come true.
The world wide web is now my shopping nirvana.
There are many good reasons to shop online.
Sure, preserving my sanity comes in at the top of my list, but there are others.
No More Shopping Meltdowns with Your Kids
Let’s face it, kids do love to shop, but that’s only when you’re shopping for them. If you take them in a toy store their eyes glaze over and it’s Christmas all over again but dragging them around looking at summer maxi dresses is not on their top-ten things to do.
It is no fun for you or them. Or the other shoppers who have to listen to them complain and ask “are you done yet?” If you’re like me, you end up having a knock down drag out with your children and going home empty-handed. And nobody’s happy.
Taking your kids clothes shopping with you is a recipe for disaster.
Logging on means the kids can do their thing, and you can shop in peace.
Even in your pajamas.
Shop on your schedule
After everyone is safely tucked up in bed, you can finally relax and find that perfect outfit or gift from the comfort of your home. You can “shop until you drop” without any distractions. You can concentrate and think about what you are buying, rather than rush things and ending up with something you’ll never wear or even like all that much.
It allows you time to interact with your kids
The fact that you can shop anytime gives you the opportunity to spend time with your children during the day. It means that you are far more likely to do that Pinterest craft with your daughter or read to your son. It gives you the time you need to sit down and talk with your teenager. Or, get out of your house and enjoy time outside.
Being able to shop at so many different stores makes it far easier to find clothes that you like. All you have to do is type in what you’re looking for and boom-there it is! This is especially the case if you live in a small town. Having to drive for an hour, each way, to get to a large clothing store is a pain, to say the least. It becomes an event and a hassle, and if you’re like me, you don’t need any more hassles.
If you go online, it only takes an hour to browse through ten or fifteen stores to see what they have and narrow down the options.
If you tried to visit all of those stores in the real world it would take all day and cost you a fortune in gas not to mention the stressful traffic and parking.
If you live in the city, you can save yourself the long trip to the first shop, but face it; you would still be spending most of the day driving or walking between stores listening to your kids beg you for “just one thing.” We all know it’s never just one thing.
SALE is a Good Four Letter Word
Buying your clothes online actually makes it simpler to shop on a budget. It gives you the chance to shop around for the best deals. If you use coupon codes and sign up for store newsletters, you can potentially save yourself even more money. I never leave check out without searching for a promo code. Typically they save me 10% off the original price, but I have gotten lucky and saved up to 50% a few times. True story!
No gas? No problem!
You also save a lot of money by not having to gas up the car or, in some cases, pay parking fees. Plus, if you take the kids shopping with you, you know you’re going to have to buy them at least something to eat or drink. We live an hour away from the nearest mall and most major chain restaurants.
My kids always seize this opportunity to get something “we don’t have in town,” and I always fall for it. When you shop online, you do not face any of these expenses.
No Dressing Rooms
Another reason I like shopping online is that I don’t have to try on my clothes in a cramped dressing room in front of mirrors and lights that make me resemble the crypt keeper. If they are going to insist on using unflattering lights and mirrors that make you look like the Goodyear Blimp, I suggest they give a discount for personal suffering and emotional disturbance.
Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to shopping on the web. Fortunately, none of them are too difficult to get around. You just need to be aware of them and use the right strategy.
Don’t Buy on Impulse
It is all too easy to get hooked on online shopping and spend too much. I’ll admit, it’s easy for me to lose track and fall for every sale I see even if I don’t need it. One time I was shopping for jeans and I ended up buying a stainless steel knife set because it was on sale. They’re still in the box. To avoid this, I suggest you set yourself a budget and stick to it.
Buying the wrong size
A lot of people worry they will buy the wrong size and it can be easy to do. The trick is to measure yourself correctly, using the technique outlined in this post and take advantage of the sizing guides that most retailers provide. If you’re still not sure, call them. Most online retailers have excellent customer service reps that are happy to help you.
As a mom of three, online shopping has been a lifesaver. It just may be the glue that has held my family together.
Ok, so that may be going a little too far, but seriously, it is a gift. Which reminds me, I need to start shopping for my daughter’s birthday. I better get to googling.