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Shopping Review and Top Products from Amazon Online

 

Money can be earned in many ways. Some work eight hours a day to earn a living and others invest their money to make more money. A few may start businesses to earn a profit, while others create arts, literature, and music to earn money. When you earn, you will have a chance to spend it. One of the best things in life is spending the money that you have earned so well. With your earnings, you can buy the things that you want; food, clothes, jewelry, music, and even tickets to other places.

Spending your money on the things that you want is one of the best feelings in the world. This is what is called shopping. Shopping is buying a thing or multiple things from a shop. It can be food, groceries, medicine, clothes, etc. It can be anything as long as you need it or want it. Shopping can give you a feeling of euphoria. The fact that you have the capability to buy the things that you want can give a feeling of empowerment and satisfaction. Shopping can even change moods from a very bad one to an absolutely good one.  Click here to learn more about the effects of shopping.

Some people even use shopping to help with depression. This might be an expensive way of treating depression but if it works, then it works. Basically, buying things makes people happy. That is why cities are centered on such activities. You can find shopping centers anywhere. This is good for both the buyers and the sellers.

Online Shopping

Nowadays, because of the advancement of technology, buying activities have also become more convenient and have shifted to the internet. Instead of having to go out of your house and go to a store to buy the things you want, you can just hop on to your computer or log in to your phone to check on items and buy the ones that you want. You can even get medicine and groceries with a click of a button and you don’t have to step a foot out of your house for anything. Amazon which is the biggest online retail shop now is basically selling everything that you need.  Here is a link to learn more about online shopping: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_shopping.

However, the change in the way that products are bought is not yet perfect. It is very convenient to buy things online but one of the biggest problems with this setup is that you can’t physically see the product. This is a problem because if you can’t physically see it and touch it, then you can’t fit or feel it. A picture will never be the same as when you are looking at it as you are holding it with your hands. You also can’t smell a picture nor can you taste it. The only senses that can be stimulated through the internet are your sense of sight and your sense of hearing. Aside from that, you will just have to imagine it.

Importance of Reviews

This is a potential problem but if there is a problem, then there is a solution. To solve this problem, there are reviews online to help you decide if you should buy a product or not. These reviews are honest opinions by reviewers that you can trust. This makes the whole buying online experience an even better one. With the help of online reviews, you can learn about the products thoroughly and they can tell you about the pros and cons of the item that you are planning to buy. Good reviews will give you both the good and the bad about the product as it is supposed to be an honest opinion of the things that you want to buy.

You can find a lot of reviews online including the top products from Amazon in sites like https://ryansbestreviews.com/  which can help you choose the things that you want. Just make sure that you can trust these reviews and that what they are saying is legitimate and true. You should also be careful as some of these reviewers can be paid to write good reviews about a certain product.

With the help of online reviews, you can enjoy shopping online. Take time to read reviews online before buying a product so that you won’t regret it when the item arrives. These write-ups online can give you a better picture using their words and tame your expectations so that you won’t be shocked when you receive the product you bought on the internet.

Save time and money with Jet.com – a new way to shop

 

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When it comes to shopping for the holiday season I prefer to stay home. I am not a fan of crowd, long lines and having to park a mile away from the mall. I know some people find it fun and exciting – not me. I would rather shop online, in the comfort of my own home, in my pajamas, drinking a cup of coffee.

There are times I don’t even want to go to the grocery store. Take for example last night. I had to swing by the store to pick up a few things after work. It seems like after work is the most busiest time to shop (normally I would shop mid-morning). Even with several cash registers opened, it still took a long time. I was starving and wanted to get home to make and eat dinner.

Shopping online is a popular option these days. One such service is Jet.com. Jet.com can save you time and money on just about anything you buy. They launched this past summer and has rapidly been gaining popularity.

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Jet.com has a powerful message of transparency and seriously low prices on everything you need. Jet’s proprietary, dynamic pricing algorithm finds savings in real time and shows you the items that bring down costs when bought together. Users can also save by making choices that avoid costs normally baked into online retail prices, such as waiving free returns or choosing lower cost payment methods.

Jet.com offers consumers grocery products, baby product, household products, furniture, electronics, toys, automotive supplies, beauty products, jewelry and more – all for less than you can find at other online retailers.

Here are a few examples. These were the prices as of December 2, 2015 (I’m not sure if they have changed since then or not). I’ve included the price of the same item on Amazon.com so you can see how Jet.com compares and how much money they can save you.

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iHome Bluetooth Mini Cube, (Assorted Colors)

Jet Price: $19.97

Amazon Price: $22.49

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Fitbit Digital Surge Fitness Super Watch

Jet Price: $199.89

Amazon Price: $240.11

Furby

Furby Star Wars The Force Awakens Furbacca Figure

Jet Price: $74.94

Amazon Price: $85.80

 

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Perrier Original Sparkling Water, 750 Milliliter (Pack of 12)

Jet Price: $18.12

Amazon Price: $30.49

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Pacific Organic Turkey with Rosemary, Sage & Thyme Bone Broth 8 Fl. Oz. Aseptic Carton

Jet Price: $2.09
Amazon Price: $7.00

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Jet Price: $6.29

Amazon Price: $8.99

As you can see from the random sampling of products shown above, savings can be just a few dollars or a signifcant amount. Every penny counts, so if there is a way to even save a few cents (let alone dollars!) I’m all for it.

Jet.com even offers FREE shipping on orders over $35.00. They also ship out most products right away.

I had placed an order with Jet.com about two weeks ago and all of the items showed up a couple of days later. Only one item took a bit longer, which was fine.

Jet.com won’t replace a trip to the grocery store, but at least you’ll have less shopping to do and you won’t have to worry about lugging all those grocery bags around. Your products from Jet.com will arrive at your door. No bagging needed.

Jet.com doesn’t sell fresh meat and produce – that is why you’ll still have to shop at your local grocery store. Jet.com is great for those items that you use on a regular basis such as sandwich bags, paper towels, snacks, cleaning supplies – and even kitty litter (there is nothing I hate more than lugging 20 pounds of kitty litter up six flights of steps each week).

Don’t forget – Jet.com sells hundreds of non-food/grocery items including the hottest video games, best selling books and even a beautiful “little black dress” for you company’s holiday Christmas party – including plus sizes too!

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Unlike other retailers, Jet.com also gives you money (Jet Cash) when you shop at other retailers that they have a relationship with. It’s called Jet Anywhere.

Jet Anywhere is a smart way to shop other sites you love. When you shop one of our hundreds of Jet Anywhere retailers, you get back a percentage of what you spend as JetCash to put toward future Jet orders.

Some of their partnering retailers include PetSmart, Nike, Forever 21, Lands End, Avon, Samsung, HP and Groupon, to name a few. To learn more please visit their Jet Anywhere page.

I know some people reading this might think that I am only posting about Jet.com because I have to. That is not the case at all. I actually do shop at Jet.com. Admittedly I don’t do it on a weekly basis, but I do shop at Jet.com about once a month. I can find products on Jet.com that I can’t find locally, such as Salerno Butter Cookies. I LOVED these as a kid and have not seen them locally for decades. I thought  they stopped making them, like the way they stopped making our beloved Fudgetown Cookies. I was surprised to find them at Jet.com. Now I stock up on them every chance I get (they go great with coffee, tea and/or hot chocolate).

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I forgot to mention that with some items you can save even MORE money. Some items will show you additional discounts on your overall order when you purchase more than one. Here is an example I pulled up from a box of Cheeze Its.

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It all adds up. Every penny counts.

Currently Jet.com is offering a 15% discount off your first order.

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But sure to use the discount code 15NOW when placing your FIRST order with Jet.com (for new customers only).

If you would like to learn more about Jet.com simply visit Jet.com.

Happy shopping!

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. This post does contain affiliate links. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Budget Hacks for Christmas

 

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It’s that time of year again. Christmas is coming our way and if you’re like most people this holiday season that means an entire month of running around like a chicken with your head cut off while you try to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Christmas can get expensive and not everyone has buckets of money to blow this time of year. But by implementing these money-saving tricks, you can not only maximize your holiday budget this year but you can survive the holidays with your sanity intact.

Start Shopping Early 

Believe it or not, it’s good to start early when it comes to holiday shopping. People who shop for Christmas at least a month in advance can actually save hundreds of dollars each holiday season. Why? By avoiding the temptation of putting off your shopping until the last possible minute, you’ll be better able to take advantage of sales throughout the year, plan out a stronger holiday budget, and avoid making impulse purchases. Some savvy shoppers even buy presents as early as January once they have an idea of what the people in their life want. While you don’t have to start shopping that early, don’t procrastinate either.

Make a List 

The best things happen with a strong plan. Make a list (and check it twice) of all the people you’ll be buying gifts for. Be sure to include ideas for what to get them as well as how much you’re willing to spend. For example, you’ll probably want to spend more on your partner or child’s gift than something you’ll get for your coworker. By having a good plan in place, you’ll be able to have a better idea of your holiday budget and you probably won’t have to deal with any surprises.

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Go Online 

Some of the best deals out there can be found online. By going online, you’ll be able to compare prices on products in various stores in a matter of minutes. You’ll also be able to take advantage of special promotions and coupons. Frugaa.com, for example, offers online coupons and rewards for hundreds of popular online vendors both big and small. Another huge advantage that comes with shopping online? You can save on shipping by having products shipped (and even gift wrapped) directly to your recipient’s home.

In fact, many online vendors often have great promotions going on regularly, meaning you won’t have to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to snatch up a good deal (plus you’ll be able to miss out on all those crowds).

Make it Yourself 

Are you crafty? Consider making personalized gifts. Whether you like to sew, knit, or sketch, your friends and family are sure to appreciate a gift you made yourself. Not only can this be a great way to save money on purchasing gifts but it’s a good way to show that you put a lot of thought into the gifts you give your friends and family. After all, anyone can just buy a toy. But not everyone’s willing to knit a beanie or a sweater. Homemade gifts are often more personal, which can at least make your recipients appreciate the thought that went into it.

Wrapping Matters 

But it’s not just the gifts that matter. It’s how you present them too. For something that’s quickly torn off a present and thrown away, wrapping paper can certainly get expensive. Luckily, there’s a few things you can do to help cut down on the cost of it. Consider wrapping your presents in newspaper or butcher paper. Not only can this be incredibly cheap versus buying rolls of wrapping paper but you may find that your friends and family will think it’s pretty creative. For bonus points, have your kids draw on the butcher paper.

The holidays can be a busy and expensive time of the year but with these budget hacks, you’re sure to make it through the season with a happy wallet and a happy family.

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Post by Byron Kimball

Eggs & Cereal Prices Rising: How to Save on Breakfast

 

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Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day and it’s now also quickly becoming the most expensive. The avian flu is contributing to record-high egg prices, with increases of over 130 percent in parts of the country. Meanwhile, cereal has surged by 20 cents per pound, a significant rise that outpaces all grocery costs over the last five years.

Cereal and eggs are a big part of an American’s diet. In fact, 90 percent of U.S. consumers buy cereal and eat approximately 250 eggs each every year. Unfortunately, that means these price hikes will take a big bite out of a family’s already tight grocery budget.

To keep you and your family’s favorite breakfast food on the table without scrambling up your finances, review these savvy grocery shopping tips.

Buy in bulk.
Both eggs and cereals are better buys in bulk, depending on how quickly your family consumes them. Parents can save an average of 60% on popular cereal brands like Frosted Flakes, while premium brands like Kashi fetch savings of 25% compared to grocery stores. For those incredible eggs, a 24-pack of organic eggs from Costco costs about $6.99, compared to $4 to $5 for a dozen organic eggs from traditional grocery stores.

Stack savings.
Don’t settle for sales — save even more when you stack manufacturer’s coupons on top of store sales. For example, King Soopers is currently offering four boxes of Kellogg’s or Post cereals for $8, the purchase of which will also score you a free gallon of milk. By searching Coupon Sherpa for Kellogg’s coupons, I found a coupon for $1 off three boxes of Kellogg’s cereals. Together, I’ll pay $7 for four boxes of cereal and one gallon of milk, reducing my cereal cost to $1.75 per box.

Compare prices.
Savvy shoppers know to compare prices between grocers before buying cereal, eggs and other food staples. However, make sure you extend your comparison to drugstores, too. For example, Walgreens is currently offering Frosted Mini Wheats for $2.99 each or two for $5, compared to Walmart’s price of $3.12 each. Drugstores often have sales on eggs and milk to get patrons through their doors, so keep your eyes peeled for these specials, too!

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Mix brand names with generic.
The bright colors and flashy cartoon characters leaping from cereal box labels are targeted at children. What’s more, top brands are positioned at a child’s eye level on grocery shelves, making this the most dreaded aisle for parents! These factors contribute to high costs for brand-name cereal, so try store brands instead for up to 50% savings. To keep picky eaters from complaining, mix branded and generic cereals together and store cereal in well-sealed containers. After all, Fruity O’s look identical to Fruit Loops without the packaging!

Don’t be fooled by colors.
When it comes to nutritious food, the color white is increasingly linked to foods we shouldn’t eat – bread, flour, sugar – and some consumers even extend the bias to eggs. However, there is absolutely no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs. A different breed of hen lays brown eggs, are larger and require more feed compared to hens laying white eggs. As a result, brown eggs often cost 25% more compared to white eggs, and consumers just assume the cost difference has to do with more nutritional benefits from earth-toned eggs.

Swap boxes for bags.
Bagged cereal can cost $0.40 less per ounce compared to boxed cereal. Cereals contained in bags are not typically name brand, so remember the trick mentioned earlier about storing cereal in easy-to-access jars so kids don’t let advertising influence their taste buds. If you find the bagged cereal isn’t as sweet, you can always add fresh fruit to give your kids the sugary jolt they love naturally.

7. Make something new.
To reduce the cost of your grocery expense, consider swapping eggs and cereal for other breakfast options. Peanut or almond butter toast with sliced bananas and orange juice will no doubt make your kiddos happy, and parents can feel good knowing their kids are getting good protein, potassium, fiber and Vitamin C. Oatmeal is another breakfast standby and can taste completely different with various mix-ins and be prepared the night before for quicker mornings. Check Pinterest for a plethora of quick and kid-friendly alternatives to your morning meal.

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Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes and many more. For more information, visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Back-to-School Shopping Smarts: 9 Ways to Save

 

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Summer break never feels long enough for parents who have already started prepping for the upcoming school year. According to data collected by the Rubicon Project, 40% of parents with children in grade K-12 are getting a head start on back-to-school shopping two months before the first day of class. With school shopping lists getting longer and supplies getting pricier, it’s no surprise families have spent over 40% more on back-to-school products over the last decade.

Though your son or daughter’s education is priceless, there’s no need to blow your money on school supplies. Study these 9 smart shopping strategies to save time and money on back-to-school lists.

Shop at home.
When you go grocery shopping, you generally have a good idea of what’s filling your ‘fridge and pantry. Take the same approach with back-to-school shopping and search around the house for any supplies you already have or can reuse. If there are optional items on the supply list, hold off on buying those until you’re absolutely sure your student needs them.

Know what to buy in-store & what to order online.
The customer-service firm Stella Service has reported that the average cost of purchasing a typical list of school supplies in a store was 41 percent cheaper than buying those same items online, as reported by Consumer Reports. Though it’s wise to stick to traditional retailers for notebooks and pencils, you should research deals online for backpacks, sporting goods and sneakers since you have a wider selection of products and prices available at your fingertips.

Compare prices on the fly.
Who has time to drive from store to store to compare prices? Luckily, the ShopSavvy app provides instant price comparison by snapping a picture of the barcode so you know the cheapest price on any good across retailers, both in store and online. If you’re shopping online, use the Invisible Hand browser extension to get price alerts in case what you’re shopping for is sold elsewhere for less.

Time your purchase.
They say timing is everything, and that’s especially true for back-to-school shopping. Those living in or near states offering tax-free holidays should shop these days to save on sales tax. Since summer clothes are on clearance, it’s best to load up on tee shirts and shorts and hold off until September and October for fall apparel, including denim. If you’re unsure of the best time to buy items, use tools like TrackIf.com or the SnapUp app to track prices for you. Finally, continue tracking prices even after you make your purchase, since stores including Kohl’s and Target will offer price adjustments.

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Buy second-hand clothes.
As all parents know, kids grow out of clothing so quickly that it doesn’t make sense (or cents!) to purchase full-priced garments. Instead, shop second-hand at local thrift or consignment shops, or online at websites like thredUp.com. In addition to buying clothing for less, you can sell items your kids have outgrown for credit toward the upcoming season’s purchase. Otherwise, consider hosting a swap with family and friends who have school-aged children. Everything from unused notebooks and crayons to sneakers and clothes can be traded to help each other save big bucks.

Shop smart for sports and other activities.
In addition to school clothing and classroom supplies, many parents have to buying sporting equipment and musical instruments to support their kids’ activities. Shopping smart for these pricey items can help you save big bucks. For example, Play It Again Sports offers gently-used sporting equipment for up to 90% savings compared to department stores. You can also shop online for musical instruments and save with coupon codes. For example, CouponSherpa.com currently has a promo code for 10% off American Musical Supply, where acoustic guitars start at $199.

Know where to find coupons.
Retailers will release store-wide and sitewide sales during back-to-school, but you can often find coupons and promo codes to save even more. Scour your favorite deal site for extra 10 to 30% savings, plus special deals on specific back-to-school products. Also, sign up for retail newsletters to receive a first-time subscriber coupon. For instance, GAP offers 25% off to new e-newsletter subscribers. Deal bloggers like TheKrazyCouponLady.com will help match coupons with store sales, saving you time in the hunt for the best bargains.

Use social media.
Stores reward customers who like, follow, post, tag, pin, tweet and retweet, offering social media fans exclusive coupons codes and special savings. Like a brand on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for a chance of unlocking special savings. Create retail lists for easy-to-browse sales and instant offers. Check in to a retail location on Foursquare for freebies and coupons and track prices with Pinterest. Ultimately, it pays to be social!

Look for last year’s model.
More grade-school kids are carrying smartphones and are required to have tablets or laptops. Unfortunately, these devices are quite expensive. To save big bucks, opt for last year’s models or consider refurbished. A previously-owned and certified laptop, tablet or smartphone from Apple, Samsung, AT&T or Verizon comes with a warranty and can save you anywhere from 20 to 40%. You can also trade in old gadgets and smartphones at such sites as NextWorth.com or to retail stores including Target and Best Buy for cash or store credit.

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*Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes and many more. For more information, visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Black Friday Sales vs. Cyber Monday Sales

As a nation of consumers, Americans don’t need a special reason to run out and shop. It’s something we do plenty of annually. However, there are days marked on the calendar when shopping completely takes over and causes people to stampede through automated doors and fight over who gets the final Furby. Black Friday is the biggest day of shopping in the year, and with our bellies still full with Thanksgiving fixin’s, we flock in droves to the nearest and largest department stores.

Black Friday has its roots in Philadelphia and started to become part of the American vernacular in the mid 1970s. Starting at midnight after Thanksgiving, millions of people around the country start their engines and cram parking lots. It’s been the busiest shopping day in the country for nearly a decade, and people even look for Black Friday deals online by the millions to ensure they’re not missing a solid sale.

Speaking of online shopping, there’s also Cyber Monday to contend with. Yikes! That’s double the trouble for shopaholics. Coined in 2005, Cyber Monday is the equivalent of Black Friday, only it takes place strictly online the Monday after that busy Friday.

Two official shopping holidays in a three-day span. What’s a shopper to do? Well, like all shoppers, you probably want to know which sale is going to give you the best bargains. So that’s something we’ll figure out below.

Which Sale Holiday Suits You Better?

Black Friday is well known for offering great deals on everything from televisions to toilet paper. Stores slash their prices tremendously, like the exact opposite of price gouging. They know plenty of shoppers are coming through the doors, and the lower prices ensure that products move out. Shopping on Black Friday can save you an average of 30% on all the usual gift items you’re likely to purchase for Christmas, Kwanza, Chanukah, or whatever holiday you celebrate.

However, you also have to gas up the car, fight traffic, wrestle with other shoppers, and handle all that merchandise yourself. That’s a lot to do in the course of a shopping day. And that’s not even mentioning that people are more likely to buy what they touch. So while you go the store with plans of only purchasing a few items, you end up purchasing a trunk load.

With Cyber Monday, you still end up with the same types of deals you’ll find on Black Friday. The bigger benefit here is that you don’t have to actually go shopping. You can browse websites and find whatever it is you want. Shipping costs may be an issue, but that’s usually offset by the fact you can browse 100-times the stores online that you can in the real world.

When it’s all said and done, there are two schools here. There are the people who like to save money, and the people who like to shop with their senses. If you fit the latter, you probably want to fight crowds on Black Friday. If you’re out to shop on a budget, though, you can avoid traffic, save on gas, and still find the hottest deals by choosing to shop the different Monday cyber sales.

In terms of which sale wins out, it all depends on where you stand on shopping. But with no gas money to spend and a host of online vouchers you can use, you can definitely save more money by shopping on Cyber Monday.