The following is a post I provided as a guest panel blogger for an online publication.
For busy moms, like myself, anything that makes life just a bit more efficient and manageable is greatly appreciated. Keeping tabs on kids is hard enough, and often makes it just about impossible to find time to do anything for yourself. Often, it is some of the most basic parts of a mum’s life that first start to disappear when kids make things busy. For example, consider your shopping experience. When you’re single, or in a relationship without children, you can take time while shopping, enjoying the process, finding the best deals, etc. With kids around, it becomes harder to devote this sort of time to your shopping experience. And this is why so many busy moms are beginning to take advantage of online shopping options.
Shopping online isn’t perfect for every situation or need. But, it does offer advantages that are particularly useful for busy mums. Here are some to keep in mind.
- Convenience – Naturally, the most significant benefit of online shopping for people whose everyday lives become exceedingly busy is convenience. Being able to shop for anything you want at the click of a button – whether it’s a new dress, a new book from Amazon, etc. – is a very valuable asset.
- Selection – Furthermore, what many people realize only when they start shopping online, is that the selection of products is virtually unlimited. Not only is shopping more convenient, but you can sift through an incredible number of options – more than you’d ever see at a store – in just minutes. This makes your shopping process not just more efficient, but more thorough.
- Prices – Internet shopping will also expose you to a number of coupon and discount opportunities, as well as prices that are simply cheaper than those in stores. Sometimes shipping costs can make up for the difference, but generally speaking you can often buy items online for better prices than you find in stores. This is simply further incentive to make your life easier and start shopping online.
- Return Policies – One reason that many people avoid shopping online, even when they are pressed for time, is that they like to see and feel what they’re buying in person. However, this problem has been largely solved by the fact that many of the most popular online stores now have excellent return policies that allow you to observe, try out and test your purchases for a given amount of time with the ability to turn them back. This allows consumers to take their time deciding if they want to keep products or not, without worrying about getting stuck with an unsatisfactory purchase.
Shopping online is certainly not a new concept. However, the process and options have improved dramatically in recent years, and in most cases Internet shopping is a great idea for people with busy lives. As a mum with endless demands on your time, you may find that online shopping is not only easy, but also relaxing and fun.