It used to be that I had nothing but time on my hands. I would have hours and hours of free time and have no idea what to do with myself. I would go to the mall and spend hours there, window shopping or actually buying things. I would go from one store to the next searching for a good deal or a particular item I really wanted. Well, why not? I had plenty of time. And then I got married and had a baby. All of a sudden, the days no longer had 24 hours in them. If they do, then I would like to know where the rest of the hours are hiding. By the time I get home from work and do all the laundry list of stuff I have to do, which in a lot of cases does include actual laundry, the day is over. I go to bed, wake up and repeat. Weekends that used to be time for me to lounge around the house in my pajamas for the greater part of the day are now filled with more stuff that I seem to have to do, up to and including, playing trains and hide and seek and cars with my 4 year old son. Side note, sometimes when he hides, I leave him there a bit longer than I should just so I can have a 2 minute break...shhh.
Anyway, not to get off track here. I barely have enough time in the day for everything I need to do and I definitely no longer have time to go to the mall or hop from store to store looking for clothes or shoes. Even if I somehow found the time, walking around the mall with a young child in tow is not my idea of a good shopping experience! I was seriously so excited to find out about Instacart, a service that delivers your groceries to your house, but unfortunately for me, I moved and they don’t service my area. Well, I certainly didn’t want to call it quits on every buying a new outfit and I for sure could not stop buying shoes, the horror!
The only option I had was to try shopping for clothes and shoes online. Now, this is risky business because I basically had to buy something, only going by the picture and description and hope that when I get the item it at least resembles what I thought I was getting. Then of course there’s the whole scary process of putting in your credit card information on some random website. But, what choice did I have? None, that made sense to me anyway. So, I bravely made my very first clothing purchase online. The site I went to was Express.com. Express was and still is one of my favorite stores for clothes, especially jeans and I had spent many hours in their stores and oh so much money so I felt pretty confident shopping their online store. The added advantage to buying something from Express for me, was that since I had purchased so much stuff from them, I knew what size fit me the best.
That year I also visited and subsequently purchased items from the online stores for New York and Company and DSW. I got pretty lucky with majority of the items I purchased and this increased my confidence with online clothes and shoes shopping. With the shoes, I had a number of instances where the fit or style of the shoe would call for a bigger size than what I usually wear so I would have to go through the slightly annoying process of boxing them up for return which meant a dreaded trip to the post office. I had the same issue with some of the clothes where I would need a smaller or horror of horrors a bigger size.
Over the years I have ventured out to different online clothing and shoe stores like Venus, White House Black Market, Asos, Good American, Guess and Nordstrom to name a few and even though it took a bit of trial and error for some of these sites, I can say I have a good handle on online shopping and I primarily buy my shoes and clothes online. The time savings are amazing. I can shop online at any time and almost snywhere as long as I had my phone or computer in front of me and an Internet connection.
Much like shopping at stores, online retailers also offer coupons and sales and the another thing that sweetens the deal–free shipping and returns. People ask me all the time where I buy my clothes and shoes from and they look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I shop online and I try to convince them that it really isn’t as scary as it sounds. Most of these stores offer Paypal as a way to pay for your merchandise, which is a good secure way to make payment if you are wary of using your credit card on the site. And its a good way to hide your purchases from your husband—- but you didn’t hear that from me :-).
I buy everything online now and I don’t know what my life will be like without Amazon Prime. In fact if I can find a grocery delivery service that delivers to my house and they can deliver wine to me as well, I don’t think I will ever leave the house ;-). Give online shopping a try if you haven’t already. You will save yourself so much time and even though it may take some trial and error and trips to the Post Office, you will eventually get the hang of it and realize what you’ve been missing 🙂
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