BrianaHartzellUSAA's avatarBrianaHartzellUSAAPCS Blog | ‎12-03-2013 12:35 PM

'Tis the Season to Shop Online

shutterstock_85359982.jpgSanta is driving a UPS truck this year. The sleigh couldn’t keep up with our cross-country deliveries to family. We live in California and most of our family lives in Texas, so the thought of waiting in stores and post office lines this time of year, just to get gifts to them on time, is just not going to happen. Instead, I am completing my entire holiday gift list in my pajamas while sipping hot cocoa.

 

As if you needed any more reasons after the pajamas, here are the other reasons I will be doing all of my shopping online.

 

Free Shipping: Many retailors offer free shipping for the holidays. As long as I am not paying shipping, there really is no reason at all to get an item from the local store, wrap it myself and make a trip to the post office to ship. I am an Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom member, which qualifies me for free two-day shipping on a lot of items; I find this to be well worth the annual fee.

 

No Lines: This particularly excites me because I made the mistake of heading to the store last weekend to make a return and the lines were already OUT OF CONTROL. That and I am in my ninth month of pregnancy and waiting in long lines exasperates my cankles.

 

More Selection: Nothing is more frustrating that finally figuring out what to buy your mother-in-law, only to go to the store and find it is out of stock. The beauty of online shopping is that you most likely can find it somewhere else! I recently found a copy of Sew Beautiful Magazine from the 90s my mother in law had been looking for on Etsy. It is a perfect and unique gift that I never would have been able to find at a local retailor.

 

Coupons: I am a lazy coupon user. I admit it. I am not good about using coupons at the grocery store or really for any other shopping. However, using sites like retailmenot.com (which allows you to easily search the site you are shopping and presents all active coupon codes ) and ebates.com (which gives you a percentage of cash back on some shopping sites) saves you money. Voila! You get a code to ship for free and save 30%. Win. You can also sign up for your favorite store’s emails and stay informed about any sales they are running. There will be a lot of these leading up to the holidays.

 

Time Savings: No need to drive all around town to buy gifts. The Internet is your one stop shop for all of your holiday needs!

 

How do you plan to complete all of your holiday shopping? Please share your tips and favorite online shopping resources in the comments.