Online shopping

As we are going into the recession full swing should we really be tightening our purse strings? Apart from things we really need essential to life like food should you hold out on buying fashionable clothes?

The online shopping industry is booming in comparison to the high street. With temperatures also plummeting this is also another reason many people are choosing to stay indoors. From the comfort of your own home you can purchase anything you want at the click of a button, you can even use comparison websites to get an even better deal.

Many retailers are enticing customers with good offers such as 10%, 20% and up to 70% off branded goods. With so many great offers it’s not hard to see why we are so easily swayed. Most retailers are also doing free delivery or when spending the minimum delivery is free.

A year ago I signed up to a few websites that notify you when there will be a sale so you can be one of the first ones in. Since joining I have bought some pretty good bargains. Anything from clothes, shoes, handbags and even some home accessories. You can even sign up to high street shops via their website and they’ll notify you when there’ll be a sale and with most of them you even purchase clothes online. As the market stands now, if you see something you like I’d advise you wait a few weeks, I can guarantee the price will come down.

Online shopping safety tips

When purchasing from an online store you’ll find that their products are relatively cheaper from products bought in store, this is because they don’t have any overheads thus passing on savings to the consumer.

If you do decide to purchase things online remember to look for the security padlock in the bottom right corner of the screen, this tells you it is a secured connection for payment.

If you are purchasing anything over £100 I would advise you use a credit card as it provides better security if anything should go wrong.

Try to shop at recommended online websites via family, friends or colleagues and check that it looks professional with no grammatical errors as you find a lot of amateurs don’t seem to be able to spell properly.