I Entered the Online Shopping Age Kicking and Screaming, But It Definitely Has It’s Benefits

s5Animals truly are my passion. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have at least one critter. I’ve had dogs, cats, horses, a llama, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish, mice, turtles, frogs, and even a snake or 2. I also thoroughly enjoy feeding the birds, the squirrels, and the chipmunks. I really do love all creatures, great and small.

Have you ever heard someone from the country say that they need to go to the feed store? If you have, they are most likely referring to buying food or supplies for their animals.

I managed a ‘feed store’ for my dad for 18 years. When I first took over the store, it was primarily feed for larger, farm type animals along with dogs and cats. I gradually expanded the food department to include every other breathing, non human creature imaginable. I also started building the product and supplies end of the business. It was fun but it was also very challenging.

There really wasn’t such a thing as the internet or online shopping when I started running the store. I had distributors who delivered the food end of it but the product buying was often a challenge. Most of the buying that I did was either from a catalog or I would buy from the supplier direct. Our store was in a small county so buying direct meant a trip to the city. While in the city, I would go to other stores and do some price checking. I wanted to be sure that I was competitive. I actually bought some dog foods at a pet ‘Big Box’ store. Often these stores had better dog food prices then my regular distributors. They can buy in quantity thus they can keep their prices down. Buyer beware though. You may get your food cheaper but the ‘Big Boxes’ take you to the cleaners when you purchase their supplies. I often felt bad having a 100% mark-up on products. These popular stores have at least a 300% mark-up on most pet products. People seem to think that since the food is less expensive that everything else will be too. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The whole thing was quite the learning experience.

A ‘Big Box’ grocery store came into our area and it was the beginning of the end for many small ‘mom and pop’ stores in our county. Society became convenience oriented. If folks could get their food AND their critters food in one place… they did. Loyalty became a thing of the past. Our business suffered and we eventually decided to close the doors. It was sad but the times were changing and we couldn’t compete with the one stop shopping mentality. Around that same time was the beginning of buying online for many people. Even if the box store would not have come in, I don’t think our business would have survived. People love to shop online and there is massive competition out there these days. If an online store wants to succeed they absolutely have to be competitive. We have choices now and there are resources out there enabling us to be totally informed. The old way of buying locally and buying whatever they have available is definitely history.

I really did come to the online shopping age kicking and screaming. I’ve since changed my tune. Were it not for online shopping, I may not have found the product that cured my Cocker Spaniel’s ear infection. I did go to physical stores but I never did find a product that worked. The internet prevented me from having to go to the vet. Don’t get me wrong here. Going to the vet is often necessary but there are times when we can treat whatever ails our pets ourselves. The information highway and online shopping is great for these times.


Smart Shopping at a Garage Sale Tips

garage saleA yard sale may turn out to be a great means to get some awesome things at great bargains, provided you are well-prepared for it. Yes, you need to be ready and relaxed, not only physically but mentally too. This article gives you 10 tips to amplify your garage-sale shopping experience that will ensure you get the best out of the event.

While every seller wants maximum profits while making a sale, a true shopper would want to buy the most at minimum costs―it’s pure business at the end of the day, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, to become a satisfied shopper, being money-minded isn’t the only requirement.

We believe shopping to be a skill that not everyone is blessed with. It is beyond going to the venue, picking up an item, and paying the price for it. It’s about fun, enjoyment, and that extra preparation to grab the ‘creamy layer(s)’ of the options displayed, without getting way too exhausted at the end of the day. Don’t worry, you needn’t put an armor as if you’re entering a competition or a battlefield, but yes, a few helpful tips and tricks can make a real big difference.

Things to Keep in Mind While Garage-sale Shopping

Avid buyers wouldn’t miss any moment to tap the potential profits they can make by grabbing the indispensable items they need. The best (and worse) part of a yard sale is that you leave thinking about buying a book and end up getting a shelf, as well. Be prepared to buy more than what you seek, but not what you don’t need. Just because something ‘looks’ good for a cent doesn’t mean you should buy it. Whenever you look for an item, see if it would be of actual use. Having said that, listed under are some effective tips that will prevent you from making some common mistakes, and help you get some great deals.

1. Know your venue well in advance

While your local newspaper would definitely intimate you of the yard sales that are likely to take place in the near future, another great source to know of these venues would be websites such as Craigslist, Garage Sales Tracker, and Yard Sale Search, to name a few. You can also go for a drive through the neighborhood to look for fliers, boards, and signs that advertise an upcoming sale. It would be advisable to get a map to know the exact location of the sale. This would save your traveling time, which is absolutely crucial, especially when you wish to be among the early birds. Speaking of which …

2. To be or not to be an early bird

While being an early bird will enable you to be the first one to grab the best items on sale, for further discounts and ‘free items’, it is always best to go at later hours, perhaps late mornings or early afternoons. The timings of your visit should depend upon the nature of item you wish to buy. For instance, if you wish to buy ‘that’ vintage closet whose picture you saw on the flier, and you know you want it, rush to the venue before someone else makes the deal. However, if you want to just see if there is anything worth buying at lower prices, go towards the end. A later visit would make room for more negotiation (and perhaps some free items) as the sellers are desperate to make a sale and will be more open to bargains.

3. Wear comfortable clothing, footwear, and attitude!

These sales could be really tiring if you’re not ready for them. For instance, wearing high heels, a heavy makeup, flashy jewelry, and the like wouldn’t be an appropriate choice, considering the fact that you have to be on your toes, scanning through items for quite some time. Be as casual and comfortable as you can. Remember that people tend to judge you by your appearance. It would be a good idea to check the weather forecast for that day and be prepared. If what you wear infuses comfort, the same will also be reflected in your demeanor, and how you deal with the seller.

4. Don’t rush, take your time

It’s not a fight, you are not here to make a point or to prove something to anyone. Know that some of the best items need to be looked for, which is impossible to do with a rushy approach. If you don’t have that much of time, scan through the various sales happening around that day. In some cases, one view at the place is enough to tell you what kind of goods are being sold. For instance, if you’re not looking to buy furniture, and all you see there is furniture, it is best to skip that spot. And if you see clothes displayed at the next sale, you’ll know if that’s what you need.

Once you’re at the venue, scan through the area. If there is something specific you seek, ask the seller. Many times, your inquiring may strike a cord in the seller’s mind, and you may also talk him into some great discount with a friendly demeanor and a welcoming smile. Also, remember that some of the best items can be found only by looking patiently. Any kind of rush will also prevent you from carefully scrutinize the item and look for possible defects. For instance, if the board says that a beautiful lamp is in working condition, ensure to check if that’s the case.

5. Let the bargain begin!

After finding the item(s) you need, determine if they have been priced properly. Again, we emphasize to check for defects like that’s your job. If you find any, ask for further discount, especially if you feel that you’ll need to spend some money in its repair. Many times, the seller asks you to quote a price for the said item. In these situations, be very calculative. Most of the time, the buyers end up paying a higher amount than what the seller expected. As mentioned earlier, do quote your figure after deducting 12 to 15% of what you think would be the cost of a brand new item of that make. Your offer could go even lower, but should definitely not go more than that. Again, make sure that your haggling is reasonable and not desperate.

6. Take more for better discounts

The more you buy the more discounts you get. If you are a reseller, or perhaps you have liked quite a bit of stuff from there, try to negotiate based on this point. For instance, if there is a set of two bedside tables, each being priced for USD 75. Instead of buying one, you can pick both and rather than paying USD 150, pay USD 120. You save money, and the seller saves the trouble to sell a single table without pair. Also, if you have bought a hell of a lot of things from that sale, you must insist on additional discounts; to which most sellers agree.

7. Keep the change handy

Common sense, the last thing you would want to do is to wait for the seller to arrange for change, or go asking around yourself. Keep small bills and coins ready with you to avoid the hassle. In fact, many a time, it so happens that you end up paying a few cents more than the agreed price because the seller doesn’t have the required change.

8. The things you must carry along

Other than small bills and change, there are a lot many things you must keep handy. These include water, snacks, sanitizer, moist wipes, carry bag, gloves, mask, measuring device (in case you’re buying furniture and fixtures), cell phone, and other essentials depending upon the weather and surrounding. While most buyers avoid carrying these, thinking them to be unnecessary, but trust us, they will not be an additional burden, but will make your shopping experience all the more smooth.

9. Keep your eyes open for exquisite items

Always keep your eyes open for exquisite items. That ancient-looking lamp or chandelier may seem like a dusty piece of junk, but you never know what simple cleaning and a touch up may reveal. If you don’t have the eye for it, take a friend who is known to get some extraordinary items from ordinary yard sales. Trust us when we say this: A little restoration effort from your part may get you a masterpiece of a lifetime. Use your creativity and ideas to imagine what the potential contribution of an ornament could be to adorn that empty space in your home. Thus, garage sales are a great means to collect some astonishing artifacts.

10. If you wish, try visiting again on the last day

The last day of sale calls for some unexpected free items and some serious drop in marked prices. The logic is that, because it happens to be ‘the’ last day, the seller just wants to clear off the leftovers desperately―who wants to take all that back inside the house? We have seen some amazing things happen on the last day. An item worth USD 50 being marked at USD 20, a painting free with a table; you never know what you might get! Again, pick items you would use, and not store (unless you’re a reseller).

Apart from the aforementioned points, remember to wear a friendly smile all the time; at times, that is enough to turn the tables your way. Be as polite and nice as possible. A few good words, compliments, and courteousness is all it takes. In fact, if there is an item you want and the seller wishes to wait to decide if he should agree to your offered price, giving your contact number would be a sweet gesture. If he fails to get a desired amount for that item, he would definitely consider you, if not for the price, for the kindness. You can also ask the seller to let you know if he plans to conduct any future sales. Building a personal rapport always pays off. If you have some tips of your own, feel free to share them with us through the comments section below. Happy shopping!


Tips to Buying Baby Bath Tubs

There are many factors you are going to want to take into consideration when it comes to buying baby bath tubs that you are going to want to take note of to make sure you buy the best product that is going to give you and baby with the best bath experience.

There are so many great baby bath tubs on the market now, but if you are looking for a tub that you can use from birth to toddler years, then look for one that is convertible. These tubs enable you to use a sling to keep your new baby clothes while bathing. The sling can be removed as the baby ages, so they can use the same tub from new to toddler, saving you money in the long run.

You are also going to want to ensure that the tub you choose is hard plastic. The hard plastic baby bath tubs are easy to clean, they are also mildew resistant. Many of them come with suction cups on the bottom, so you can hold them firmly in place to cut the risk of them sliding.

There are those which are also foldable. If you are limited on space or you travel as a family on a regular basis, you may find these baby bath tubs the most convenient, providing you with an easy solution. Once the tub is drained, it folds into an easily portable tub that you can store away with ease or you can take with you with confidence.

Further, you will find that there are inflatable designs. These are perfect for travel, as you can remove the water and deflate them completely. If you are very limited on space and you feel that even the foldable design will be too big, then this may be the option you are looking for. Just remember when buying inflatable baby bath tubs, that they will need extra cleaning in the long run, as they are not as easy to clean as the harder plastic models.

Some come with a useful colour changing plug, which can be a useful tool for a new parent. The plug will change colour if the water is too hot, this will help you make sure that you don’t make the bath too hot for your new baby. Some even come with a most fill line, helping you know how full to make the bath to bathe your baby with ease each and every day.

Ensure any baby bath tub you choose comes with a smooth rim. The smooth rim will help you bathe baby without injuring yourself and also make sure that you cannot injure baby when putting them in or taking them out of the bath at any time.

You will also want to ensure, whether you buy a hard plastic baby bath tub or an inflatable tub that the surface is non slip. Once you have the baby smothered in soap, you don’t want them slipping or sliding around the bath.

The last factors you are going to want to consider is to always focus on the cleaning and storage of the baby bath tub. This will help you find which design is the best choice for you. The last thing is to check you get the right size based on your baby’s age.


Ease of Online Shopping Portals

Online shopping has caught up as a recent trend. Why not? It has made shopping so much easier as now you can shop from the comfort of your home from your laptop or smart phone without going through the hassle of getting ready and going out. Buy away from the wide range of products available to you in your searched category.

Finding a product is now, easy as you just have to mention the product in the search bar of the website and you will be directed to the product in its sub-category with the similar other products. You can then choose the product that you like the most from the given options.

The products offered are provided with the zoom option to get a proper look of product, its quality, the materials used etc. Plus the images of the products from different angles are also available to know how the product actually comes across from different angles.

The product is provided with its key features, i.e. the attractive features that make the product stand out. The other specifications and details are also mentioned that provide the details of the product that the consumer wants to know. Namely, brands, dimensions, material used, package details etc. The offers regarding the product are also mentioned on the same page with the price it is being sold at including the shipping charges & EMI schemes if any.

You can also find products by their brand names, and can sort them by relevance, price, discounts, ratings, popularity and new arrivals etc. These features have made online shopping so much easier.

The products available on portals are renewed frequently to keep their product portfolio up to date with the ongoing trends and fashion requirements. Almost all of the e-commerce sites have user-friendly interface to enable its customers to interact with the seller and acquire the product of their choice as well as return it if the need arises. Browsing through the portals is so easy that a child can also operate the transaction. Plus the customers can also file or register their grievances with the product or service that they are using.

Customers can pay choosing from the different payment options made available to them by the portal. The payment options normally available to the customers for online shopping are Cash on delivery, cheques, debit cards, credit cards, online payment, gift cards etc.

After placing the order comes the time for delivery of the intended package that can be done by three methods, such as shipping, in store pickup and drop shipping. Shipping means to ship the package directly to the customer with the use of postal system or couriers. In store pickup enables the customer to pick up the package from a location easier for him/her to access. The location is chosen with the use of locator software. Drop shipping includes informing the manufacturer of the product about the order and they deliver the package in question to the customer it is intended for.

It is interesting to note that the customers are attracted to shop online not only because of ease of operation, but also because of competitive prices, broader range of selection and greater access to information.

Online shopping has seen a boom in the industry due to the convenience factor. These portals are available for online shopping 24*7, i.e., the order for shopping can be placed at any time of the day or night as convenient for the customer.

All the above mentioned services and conveniences are available at different shopping portals for the wide range of products to shop in all the categories for your whole family.


Shopping Malls

The mall contains many different markets, including the gold market, while inside the mall, the finest brands compete to take more space in the mall that has hundreds of brands that suits all tastes and classes.

Dubai Mall’s area is equivalent to the area of 52 football fields and receives more than 52 million visitors yearly.

City Centre Deira

City Centre Deira includes more than 115,000 square mters of retail space and contains more than 370 leisure facilities such as Magic Planet, Bowling City, and Vox Cinema which includes more than 3000 seats.

City Center Deira also offers direct access to Balmain City Centre Deira Hotel in addition to providing one of the greatest and most comfortable shopping experiences, when It comes to dining you have more than 58 different choices of international and local restaurants, it also has a fitness center, special tourism services, and a metro station just next to it.

With more than 370 stores, the mall has everything from an optician and pharmacy, to a jewellery and textile court selling Middle Eastern handicrafts, as well as a large Carrefour supermarket, a multiplex cinema, a bowling alley, and food courts.

Burjman Center

A sanctuary of high-end shopping, BurJuman is always in demand for visitors and locals alike. Conveniently located by BurJuman metro station, you’ll find luxury designer brands aplenty at this fashion lover’s paradise. Upscale offerings include Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Cartier. While the focus is on luxury, there are also the popular high-street brands, such as Zara and Victoria’s Secret.

As with all the malls in our city, you can easily make a day of it here. Refuel by dropping by one of the 40 tempting restaurants and cafée, with dining options ranging from Italian and Indian, to Iranian and Lebanese.

Ibn Battuta Mall

Inject the fun into family shopping at the world’s largest themed mall, inspired by Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta. Shop your way through 275 retailers in six courts that reflect the different regions through which Ibn Battuta travelled: Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. You’ll find a Debenhams department store, popular electronics shop Sharaf DG, and Paris Gallery for fragrances.

Don’t just come here for the shopping though – the decor is a sight to behold. Persia Court features a magnificent hand painted dome, there are pyramids in the Egypt Court and a striking lion fountain taking centre stage in Andalusia Court. Choose from 50 eateries and 21 cinema screens including the UAE’s only IMAX theatre. What’s more, the metro takes you right to the mall.

Dubai Festival City Mall

Step into this mega mall for an inspiring combination of shopping, dining, and leisure attractions. This 185,806 square-metre landmark on the banks of Dubai Creek boasts over 400 stores, 90 restaurants and cafes, a 12-screen multiplex cinema and a bowling alley.

With stores ranging from high-end designer fashion brands, such as Carolina Herrera to affordable high-street chains likes Forever 21, you’re guaranteed not to go away empty handed. You’ll enjoy a leisurely shopping experience in this spacious and light-filled mall. An IKEA and HyperPanda supermarket are popular with locals.

And there’s much more. Stroll along the charming Canal Walk, and take a sunset ride on an abra before dining at one of the waterfront restaurants. Sample authentic Emirati cuisine at Al Fanar restaurant or head to the Marina Restaurant Pavilion for delicious international fare.

Mercato Mall

Mercato is ideally located in the heart of Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most prestigious residential areas. Much more than just a shopping mall, Mercatoepitomises the very best in Italian architecture and transports you back to the Renaissance period.

Home to picturesque cobbled streets, charming piazzas and authentic Tuscan and Venetian features, Mercato on Jumeirah Beach Road offers a unique and incomparable ambience, not to mention a thoroughly enjoyable shopping and leisure experience.

With over 140 shops and service outlets, Mercato offers a wide variety of international brands and caters to the needs of Dubai residents and international tourists alike. From fashion and beauty to homeware, jewellery, electronics and confectionery, Mercato gives you a hand-picked selection of the most popular yet accessible brands.

Pick up groceries and essentials from Spinneys supermarket, drop your little ones at Fun City, catch a movie at Vox Cinemas or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of our superb street cafes.


Seven Tips For Smarter Shopping

There is nothing like the joy that comes from getting a good deal. In order to do that, you have to be a smart, savvy shopper. Shopping should not be last minute or in a hurry. These tips can help you beat the crowds and get the best deal doing it.

Know Your Spending Budget

Before you head out on a shopping spree, know how much you can spend. If necessary, write this amount down on a piece of paper or notepad. It will help keep you from overspending.

Beware the Advertisements

When you go into a store, look for a sale. The advertised prices at one store might not be the best price in town. By shopping around you will know what is the best price is. Sometimes the advertised items are not the cheapest, so it is in your best interest to look around before you commit.

Look for Unadvertised Specials

Sometimes the best price is not advertised. Stores frequently drop prices on items. Those unadvertised specials are a great way to save a little money and get something you may have been eyeing but did not want to pay full price.

Don’t Go On Payday or After Work

If you want to avoid a crowd, avoid the store right after work. Everyone is stopping to get last minute things. The same thing applies to payday and just before a major holiday. If you want to shop in peace and avoid the crowds, go during the day.

Check Your Emotions at the Door

Smart shopping is always done when you are emotionally sound. You should never hit a sale when you are in an “I deserve it” mood. By going into a store desperate for an item or in a mindset that you deserve the treat, you end up spending more than necessary. In order to shop smarter, always check your emotions before heading out.

Small Stores Are Great, but Large Stores Are Cheaper

Yes, it is wonderful to support local businesses. In some cases, they are unique enough to have items that you cannot find anywhere else. However, if you are looking for a common item and you want to get the best price, you must go to the big box stores. They have the best prices because they can afford to buy in bulk and can afford to lower profit margin on some items. They tend to make up the difference elsewhere.

Go It Alone

Going with family to the store might save time if you are especially busy. However, you are going to spend more, typically on things, you might not need when you take the kids. Other individuals tend to fill the cart with things that you would not necessarily purchase when you are alone. In this case, having the kids in tow might not be the best way to save a few bucks.

Shopping is something everyone has to do. Make sure you have a list of what you need handy when you walk out the door. Know your budget and take the time to look around to get the best prices.


How And Where To Use Your iTunes Gift Card

For many people who have not tried purchasing iTunes gift cards, it is a smart thing to know how and where you can use these cards so you will be sure of your purchase. These cards will allow you to purchase other cool products and not just digital music. First off, you can create a membership with the card if you don’t have a membership yet. With this, you can take advantage of other services offered such as access to videos, ad-free on-demand music stations, and many others.

Aside from this, your iTunes gift card balance will let you purchase games off of the App Store. Apple has a bounty of games that you can buy and download to your device. Alternatively, you can buy them for someone else. And if you are not into games and digital music, it still won’t be a waste to buy iTunes gift card because the iBooks store has e-books that you can purchase with the credits of the card. The online Apple store has a massive library of popular literary works. The e-books are great deals; they are much cheaper than the tomes you can purchase from a traditional bookstore.

If you’re a voracious reader, you can definitely get the best bang for your book money if you use an iTunes gift card to purchase e-books. You can likewise buy all sorts of apps with the card. The Mac App Store has a vast selection of useful apps that you can download to your iPhone to increase its functionality or simply to make it an even more entertaining device. The app store has apps designed to help you improve your health such as diet planners, hydration monitors, digital blood pressure monitors, pedometers, et cetera. There are also apps that can help you with daily tasks; there are various organizers to choose from. You can also choose apps designed purely for personal entertainment like special cameras, style-makers, and home designers, to cite some. And all these can be bought using your iTunes gift card.

Additionally, the last perk you can get out of purchasing an iTunes gift card is that it’s a gift you can store in your wallet.


The Many Benefits of Coupon Codes

With the popularity of online shopping and rising price of almost all products and essential commodities, people’s interest in coupon codes has been growing gradually. Now more and more online shoppers are looking for online coupon codes to save their expenses significantly.

The importance of it in the post era of recession and economic meltdown does not wait for an explanation. Many retailers and manufacturers across the globe are taking it as their one of the important means of marketing and promoting products and services over the internet.

It allows them to attract more customers both online and offline. Consequently, they get more sales and make more profits. Within a very limited time their market sizes increase notably.

In the case of digital marketing, it can play a significant role to drive more traffic. It can function as an important “call to action” button to bring online viewers on a targeted online store.

What is a Coupon Code?

The term is strongly associated with online shopping or e-commerce. It consists of letters, numbers or both of these. A buyer needs to put it into a promotional box shown on a site’s shopping cart checkout page. When a shopper enters into a promotional box with the secret code, he or she obtains all kinds of price deductions applicable to this. They can enjoy the many benefits of free shipping, percentage deduction and special discount on their purchases.

Nowadays, many reputable online stores have included in their business policies

How a customer is benefited from it:

Shopping at a lower price

This is probably the most important benefit of using a coupon code. It allows one to buy products at discount prices. Furthermore, in the case of an online shopping, it can offer free shipping as the value added benefits of it. There are many e-commerce websites offering free shipping along with cost dedication and other discount offers. As the consequence of it, buyers are benefited highly.

Buying a variety of products within your budget

As online shopping offers a discount, free shipping, and percentage off at a time, consumers can take multiple opportunities to purchase a wide variety of products within their budgets. Promo codes increase the purchasing power of a consumer.

How a business is benefited froma Coupon Code:

  • A businessman can get more traffic by using this as a call to action button.
  • It can increase the sale of a company and ensure more profit within a very limited time. Sometimes, it creates an artificial need among consumers by creating a tendency of more storage for future.
  • It can attract new customers and help businesses get in touch with the existing customers by offering them many benefits through it.
  • It helps online stores to promote their products and services over the internet.
  • It plays a significant role in the case of a stock clearance. If you have a huge stock with a possibility of getting expired or backdated, you can use this tip. Within a tight timeline, you can sell your all products. This is really a very good option for a retailer. They can sell maximum within a short span of time.

As it is highly beneficial for both the consumers and businesses, it has been getting an increasing attention across the globe. Many businesses have taken it as their important activity for sales promotion. They offer it on a regular basis with an emphasis on festive seasons and auspicious celebrations. This helps them in sale promotion and brand promotion at a time. Some of them have created a significant niche in their specialized domain. Therefore, it surely has the many benefits in the present business scenario.


Top 5 Ways to Save Money While Shopping

You might have already squeezed each one of those last pennies that you had. Now you want to go shopping and here we have a few helpful tips that can help you to save a significant amount of money in the process. It doesn’t matter what your income level is, if you keep your heart and mind on it, you will obviously be able to save a significant amount of money in the long run.

1. The store should be your last resort

Yes, the last thing on your mind should be going to a store for a product. Before you do this, it is important to consider all the other options. You should check whether you can get the product for free. Search for the brand of product online and try as many discounts as possible. Never go for an impulse purchase as it will affect your wallet big time.

2. Whenever possible try to negotiate

There are some items on which you can’t negotiate. However there are many products and services on which you can bother to negotiate. The catch here is to reduce the asking price as much as possible. There are many stores that are always willing to offer products at extremely lower price provided you negotiate.

3. Always time your purchase

This means to be patient and time your purchase as much as possible. In other words you should never impulse buy any product or service. This is only going to make you lose a significant amount of money. For instance, if you want to buy an electronic good, make sure you wait for its prices to drop gradually before you actually make your purchase. This is easy when it comes to electronic goods and can be difficult in other niches.

4. Substitute your choice

This means that you can also think of substituting your choice in case you feel that the item you want to purchase to not very feasible. A product might be very costly but its substitute can be a very good choice if you want to save some money. Thus you can also consider this tip and move on with your purchase.

5. Expand your universe

There are so many options for hopping up there and this means that you must expand it as much as possible. Never head straight to your favorite website or store as this will result in impulse buying.


5 Factors To Consider When Buying Bathroom Mirrors

In addition to bathroom mirrors being functional, they also beautify the bathroom. For you to buy the right mirrors you need to consider a number of factors that include:

Size of the mirrors

A wrongly sized mirror gives your bathroom an ugly look. To maintain the elegant look ensure that the mirror you buy perfectly fits the space that you want to install it. For you to buy the right size of mirror always take measurements of your space before heading to the stores. In addition to buying the right size of mirrors, also ensure that the mirrors are installed by an experienced professional.


What’s the quality of the mirrors that you are buying? As you might know, quality comes at a price. People can easily tell a cheap quality product; therefore, if you want to give a great impression, install a high quality mirror. While cheap mirrors are cheap to purchase, they are expensive to maintain which sees you spending plenty of money in the long run. In some cases you may be required to replace the units every now and then.

Functionality of the mirror

The way that the mirror looks is of great importance, but this doesn’t mean that it’s the only factor that you should consider when making the purchase. Another important factor you should consider is the practical aspect of the unit. The mirror you buy should give a good image of yourself. You should be able to easily see all areas of the body that you want to see.

Environmental conservation

I know you are wondering how the mirror affects the environment. There are many types of mirrors in the market including illuminated mirrors and many others. To conserve the environment ensure that the units don’t give off harmful products that can harm the bathroom.

Bathroom store

Where you buy the mirrors is of great importance. For you to buy real, high quality units ensure that you buy them from high quality, reputable stores. There are some sellers that might try ripping you off by selling you low quality units at a high price. There are others that might sell you fake heated mirrors that work for only a few hours. To be on the safe side only buy from a store that is approved to sell the units that you are interested in.


These are the factors that you should consider when buying mirrors for your bathroom. By considering the factors you will buy mirrors that not only serve their functions perfectly, but those that also awe anyone visiting your bathroom.



Show Your Respect With Memorial Bracelets

In a fast-paced digital world, it is too easy to neglect real values. We often tend to forget our actual heroes. So many people think of them as nothing more than mere science fiction characters. However, many real heroes deserve to have their stories remembered. It is our duty to pass on the stories of the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives and wound up saving the day.

A memorial bracelet can be made of rubber or metal and can often bear the names of fallen war heroes or terrorist attack victims. Memorial bracelets are used to commemorate an event, to support American troops and increase their morale, to show appreciation for the families of those who were killed in action, or to keep the memory alive of those innocent people who have died at the hands of terrorists. Below are some examples of stories and people who should be remembered.

Victims of Terrorism

Individuals who have been injured or have lost their lives during terrorist attacks.

Boston Marathon Bombing: At 2:50 p.m. on April 15, 2013, two bombs went off and ripped through the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three spectators and injuring at least 260 other people, many of whom lost limbs. By wearing memorial bracelets, we can show our deepest sympathies to the families of terrorism victims.

Victims of Terrorism bracelets can include name, state or country of residence, attack location, and date of event.

Killed in Action/Missing in Action

KIA is a classification to describe combatants who have died at the hands of hostile forces. MIA recognizes combatants, medics, and prisoners of war who are reported missing during wartime.

Operation Iraqi Freedom: On March 19, 2003, President George Bush addressed the nation via live television, announcing the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The goal: to liberate Iraq from the dictator Saddam Hussein and stop him from developing weapons of mass destruction. The end of the mission was announced on August 31, 2010, by President Barack Obama. During the operation, nearly 35,000 American soldiers were wounded. Nearly 3,600 were listed as Killed in Action.

KIA/MIA bracelets can bear the name of a killed, captured, or missing troop. They help us keep these heroes in our thoughts and in our prayers. MIA bracelets serve as a symbol of hope. Engraved bracelets can include name, rank, branch of service, and date of event.

Many people today actively protest war but simultaneously support all the troops who fight for their country and families. People can provide not only moral but also financial support, as most companies donate a certain amount from the sale of each bracelet to charities that support the families of the heroes and victims of terrorism. By wearing memorial bracelets, not only will you show your respect to heroes, their families, and their friends, but you will always keep the memory alive of those who are not among us.

And, in conclusion I would like to remind you of the story about the bracelet that went viral and once again recognize the power and influence of these magical objects. Remember the story about Yasmine Todhunter and how she found the most famous memorial bracelet in the world? She found it in the sand one morning. It bore the names of Phil Windorski, Matt Kelley, Josh Tillery, Ben Todd. When Mrs. Todhunter googled them, she found out they were American troops killed aboard two helicopters during a mission in Iraq. After posting about it on Facebook, within three days, her status went viral and was shared and commented by nearly 200,000 followers. After Tillery’s mother saw the post, and contacted them, it all became clear. It was a memorial bracelet sent by Tillery’s unit to his family members. This haunting reaction and willingness to finding this particular bracelet speaks for itself.


How To Find The Most Popular Features To Include In A Product Review

In this article you will learn a strategy that will enable you to find out what the most popular features are of a product to include in a product review and why it is important to choose those features. Choosing the right features to include will help you to write a high converting product review.

First of all I would like to explain why I think this is a very important strategy. The most popular features of a product are the features that people are excited about, they want to learn more information about them and these are the features which will get the most searches. We can leverage this information and use it to our advantage when we want people to find and read our reviews.

As a product reviewer you will want people to find and read your review because if they buy the product through your affiliate link then you will receive a commission and we can do this by writing about the features that people are the most excited about.

How do we find out what the most popular features are?

If the product that you are writing a review on has a promotional video then you should watch the video and make a note of all the features which have been mentioned or shown in the video. If they are included in a promotional video then you can presume that the producer of the video deems those features to be of significant importance to the consumer., otherwise why would they include them in the video?

Now we can look at what the consumers deem as the most important features, or to put it another way find out what people are excited about. To do this you can take a look at the reviews which have been written by the consumer. If you are promoting an Amazon product then the best place to find these reviews is on the Amazon website sales page, if not then you can type the name of the product into a search engine and type the word review at the end.

A few things to look for when you are reading through these reviews are questions which are repeatedly being asked about certain features and features which have been mentioned a few times. These features become a good candidate to include in your review. Remember to read what people are actually writing about those features, are they good, are they bad, are people excited about them?

By doing this kind of research you can get a real insight into how people feel about the product and it’s features. It’s important to make a list of all these features for possible inclusion in your review.