Shopping online makes you smarter.

December 17, 2012

I’m a sucker for finding a deal on things. For example, I saw a pair of shoes in a store and spent 45 minutes hunting them down online. I saved $40 bucks. Now that may not sound like a lot, but $40 for 45 minutes of work is worth it in my books. That is why I have such a hard time buying things the first time around. I need to make sure that I’m getting the most bang for my buck.

I honestly thought that everyone wanted to spend money wisely, so imagine my surprise when I went shopping with my best friend’s sister and she bought electronics without even checking to see if she could get a better deal somewhere, or at least if she can price match from a different store. Moves like that irk me, not only because I find it irresponsible, but also because you’re throwing money away. As you can tell, wasting money is one of my biggest pet peeves. This is exactly the reason why I use  price comparison and coupon sites before I purchase anything.

Take car insurance for example. You can either randomly pick companies out of the phone book and start calling them, take your chances with a broker (who only tells you about companies that he works with) or you spend some time on a price comparison site and find the right options for you. It really is that simple, and it saves you time, and avoids long meaningless conversations with people repeating the same information over and over again. Trust me, I know. I was considered a high risk driver (funny how 4 speeding tickets can label you), and finding the right insurance company that covered high risk drivers was a lot easier online. For the record, I am working on slowing down.

Coupon sites do the same thing. Its not hard to Google these things and find discount codes for everything. I’m not kidding, you can find codes for plays, shoes, clothing, electronics etc.

The bottom line is this, we work hard for our money, at least I do, and spending money foolishly is irresponsible. While I recognize that researching things online takes a bit of work, and its not as convenient as going to a store and buying it outright, the money that you save is worth.