Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saving time by Shopping Online

With the rise of the internet is it unsurprising that retailers have jumped on the opportunity to offer goods online whenever they can. Reaching a far wider group of people, retailers can use clever online campaigns to advertise their goods as much as possible. While retailers benefit, shopping online also offers you and I, the consumers on the street a huge range of benefits as well.

One of the best reasons to shop online is the ability to save time. Modern lives have become very busy, with work and leisure activities quickly taking over all the hours of the day. While some lucky guys may love nothing more than to hit the high street and shop, others simply don’t have the time as they are too busy with their families or with work. This is where online shopping is becoming increasingly important as it saves valuable time which can be put to better use elsewhere.

A major benefit is that no travel time is needed if you want to shop online. While an entire morning may need to be set aside for grocery shopping, browsing the internet before buying goods can be done in an instant. It can be done within the comfort of your own home, meaning that it can be done at any time of day whenever you get a spare moment. Search options also significantly reduce shopping time. Whereas in a shop you have to browse through items, in an online store you can instantly look for what you need and want. Prices are often cheaper too, with online retailers not having to pay large overhead expenses for brick-and-mortar shops and many retailers such as M and M, direct discount vouchers can be found. And with search options often offering categories, pricing ranges, sizes, or quantities, life can be made much quicker and easier.

Over the past few years food shopping online has become particularly popular, with a range of both high street and online retailers offering delivery services. This is a brilliant way of saving time as not only can you get delivery options, but many websites provide online baskets which will remember the foods bought previously. A weekly shop can then be done by simply reordering a standard basket, taking only a few minutes of your valuable time.

Online clothes’ shopping can also save a huge amount of time, and while you may believe that the returns procedure is complicated, many stores have taken steps to make it as easy as possible. Valuable time can be saved by utilising search facilities available on websites, allowing you to search for garments by size, colour, prices, or even brand. A number of websites also offer style guides, a great benefit if you find a top you like but are not sure of a suitable trousers for example. Meanwhile, by shopping at online outlets such as M and M, direct discount codes can be found and the returns process is often free and as easy as simply filling out a small coded sheet and popping items into the post. And for anyone who is pushed for time and would rather spend valuable moments enjoying their family and hobbies, online shopping is a fantastic time saving opportunity.

7 comments:

Jim Beale said...

I would assume that you could indeed lose your unemployment benefits if it is found out you have made money online.

Adam Dilip Mutum said...

Hi Jim, I am not on benefits. I am a full time student and work part time as a tutor at the University of Warwick.

Adam Dilip Mutum said...

I was assuming that you are talking about me but yes, I think people on unemployment benefits could lose them if they were found making money online.

Frank Schmidt said...

I have never purchased anything on line before. But It's great shopping online as the cost of shipping was a big reason. I do like to look and get ideas of what I want to buy when I go out to shop. Thanks for sharing.

Joey @ Bargain CT said...

I agree that online shopping can really save a lot of time specially to all business man.

Nick @ LatestDiscountVouchers.co.uk said...

If you are earning money online you are supposed to register yourself as being self-employed with HMRC. You can be employed and self-employed at the same time. As far as I aware there is no starting turnover for this and you get penalised if registering 3+ months late (supposedly). If anyone is on benefits, and earning money online as well, I wouldn't like to explain that one away if ever investigated. I guess it comes down to the levels that we are talking about though.

Running Discount Vouchers websites since 2003, my income was initially at a low level and I registered as self-employed a little later than I possibly should have. There were no problems apart from that and with most things to do with HMRC, if you own up to mistakes you have made you should get treated a lot better than if they discover them on their own...

Adam Dilip Mutum said...

Thanks for your comments and advice Nick. I am a full time student and work part time and do pay tax. I do not receive ANY benefits at all.

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