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Online shopping is often convenient and cheap

Updated: September 13, 2012 12:42PM



There is little doubt that shopping online is convenient and easy, not to mention that you can do it in your PJs. The question is if it’s cheaper to buy online. For some items, it makes much more sense. According to Woman’s Day, there are several items that you should check out.

Sports and Concert tickets

The biggest advantage to purchasing on line is that you don’t have to drive to the arena and wait in a long line. It’s also easier to cross check prices.

Books

It is fun to sit in your favorite bookstore and sit around scanning books. But it is also expensive. Buying books online is much cheaper. Looking for obscure authors or hard to find books is much less time consuming online. And sites like Open Library have free book titles in PDFs.

Flights and Hotel Rooms

Travel agents typically attach a service fee to transactions. Also, many companies off online-only sales. Last-minute travel deals are usually posted Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Hotels also offer deep discounts for unsold rooms. Groupon.com, Yuupon.com, and Kayak.com are useful sites as well as Travelocity.com, Hotels.com and Priceline.com.

Televisions

Buying a television might be a two-step process. Going to the store will help you choose the model you would like but going online will help you find the best price. It’s important to look for free shipping which is usually easy to find.

Small Electronics

This is where you can usually find savings up to 30%. You can usually avoid sales tax too.

DVDs

You can often save 50% or more by buying from a website. DVDs are even cheaper online than what you find in the bargain bin at a big-box retailer. Movie buffs can find gems for as little as $2.

Computer software

Software online is significantly cheaper and sometimes free. If you really want to have the physical disc, Ebay and Amazon are your sites to search.

SHOPPER’S TIP: Reminder, search for your coupon codes and use a cash back site. That’ll just rack up more savings.



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