Why I love online shopping

In a two-post series, Breakaway’s Melissa Cusack explores the pros and cons of online shopping.

Living in New York City, I always look for a good bargain or ways to save time. Since groceries are so expensive—and getting around the city is sometimes easier said than done—I need solutions that help me save time while also leaving something in the piggybank. One of the ways I’ve been able to do this is online shopping, which has undoubtedly changed the way consumers – myself included - make purchases.

Shopping online equals an enormous amount of variety! When you shop online, you can shop from retailers in other parts of the country or even the world without being limited by geographic area. These stores offer a far greater selection of colors and sizes than you will find locally – because there is nothing worse than reaching a local shop only to find that the product you need is out of stock.

  • Being the savvy shopper that I am, I have come across a couple of sites that have helped me get the most bang for my buck. My favorite includes, CouponCabin, a leading provider for online savings, provides printable and grocery coupons for more than 30 merchants. The site also offers promotional codes and deals to over 2800 online stores that can instantly save you up to 30% or more.
  • I also check out various deal aggregator sites, such as Dealnews, ConsumerSearch, FatWallet and Brad’s Deals, that conveniently cut through the clutter of different sites and sales to bring consumers (like me) only the information they’re interested in.  After all, that’s the most important – no one needs a coupon for 30% ski equipment if they live in Hawaii.
  • More interested in comparison shopping – Nextag is for you! The company helps find the best value for electronics, home & garden, clothing, and hotels – and tells you when the prices drop.

During the past couple of weeks, I spent a fair amount of time shopping online. While I appreciate the hustle and bustle of department stores, there’s something to be said about spending money, from the comfort of your couch!

But all good things come with a few negatives – stay tuned for my next post which will talk about some of the online shopping hazards.

Tags: Hot Tech, Breakaway Team


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