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Java Talk: Saving Money Purchasing Online



How much money do you think Americans spend on online purchases each year? Two billion dollars. That's a lot of moola.

I think most everyone buys things online these days. The convenience, the comparison shopping without driving from store to store. What's not to love? 

I tried to think back to my first online purchase. But I couldn't recall what it was. Possibly a computer. Now I buy most everything but my produce and dairy online. And if I could figure out a way to do that, I probably would. 

So today we're talking about why we buy online, where we find the best deals, coupons, etc. How to save even more money.

I personally buy most things online. Need some sheets? I'm not trying to find a good parking spot and tripping over people in a store. Not to mention listen to their kids screaming while I'm trying to compare thread counts. 

I have not been to a mall since I moved here. I loathe the mall. Once I loved it. But now I avoid it like the plague. Feels like I'm in a big underground tunnel. 

And if that humongous building is on fire, people will be stampeding to get out of there. Just not for me. 

I much prefer sitting and sipping my coffee and browsing with my fingertips. I can travel the world without leaving the couch. 

Okay, what are some of your best buys you've found online and where do you like to shop best and what are your general thoughts on online shopping? I know this cuts out the small retailer who is not part of a big conglomerate, and that is a sad fact. But what do we do if we're pinching pennies?

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  1. I think ordering on line has become a way of life for a lot of us who really no longer enjoy shopping or do not have decent stores near by to shop at or physically do not enjoy wandering through stores for hours on end. My most unusual purchases lately have been : 5 parts for my stove to fix it and not pay for a new one! and 2 outside lounge chairs from Camper World that were on sale on line only and we needed a new set. Other than that I order almost all of my quilting supplies from on line quilt stores because I have no local quilt shop and because I can almost always but the things I need on sale if I watch for the sales. I order some clothing but not jeans or shoes as I have to try them on. I order sheets, towels, rugs, tea, all kinds of things for the house - you name and I will at least look and see if I can find it on line. I live in the country only 12 miles from a small town but they do not always have what I want to buy. Yes it cuts out the small town stores but if they don't have it I am not going to drive 85 miles to shop in the city to try to find what I need and then find they don't have what I want.

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  2. I wish when I was quilting in the early nineties that we'd had more going on online. I was a member of a fabric club, what was that called? A famous one in New England, that would send me fabrics every month. You know if we go into a store to buy parts for our stove, they may not have it in stock and they will order it online anyway, then have you come pick it up when it comes in. I'm just not willing to spend the money on gas, and more importantly to me right now: I have an 8 year old car. Who knows if I'll ever be able to buy another car. I have had it since I bought it from the dealer with 500 miles on it, and I now have 37,000 miles on it. Knock on wood, I have never have had one single thing go wrong with it. It is a 4-wheel drive Nissan Pathfinder and it is paid off. And I'm driving that sucker into the ground.

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  3. I'm big on customer reviews and doing research before I buy. Amazon is one of my go to places not only because it always had the reviews I want to read, but it has most everything and often cheaper. I've gotten everything from garage door locks to coffee there. Love having it just come to the door. I don't go to malls any more either, and even by clothes online from a couple of favorite places. I do all my Christmas shopping online and never have to wait in line or find parking. It puts all the joy back in to the season without all that stress. Plus, I am a caretaker, so shopping online is really the only way to go for me. I hope the washer is the greatest purchase ever for you.

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  4. I also do a lot of research and read dozens of customer reviews before I buy. Those customer reviews are a maker or a breaker for me. I rarely buy clothing, but it's so easy to do online. I even buy my shoes online because now I can only wear sneakers and I know just what ones I need and I order from Zappos, which has given me excellent service and deals. I don't buy Xmas presents anymore. Got off that train. My joy in the season is decorating and enjoying it all without the stress. Yes, I hope this washer does the trick. Still kind of gasping that I spent that much money! I very rarely do that!

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  5. First off let me say that I think your washing/drying machine purchase was a wise choice. You can take it with you wherever you go if you ever have to move again (God forbid!). I find that many times when I want something specific it is not carried in the stores so I must buy it online. I never go to the Mall either, too many crowds and traffic. I don't buy that many Christmas gifts anymore but the ones I do get for grandchildren and nieces and nephews I get online and before Thanksgiving as well before they start running out of things. I have found Amazon to be very useful for lots of various items and most times the shipping is free. Just like yourself, I always check the reviews first. It has stopped me from buying something many times. I particularly like getting used books on Amazon, since used book stores seem to be becoming a thing of the past. Sometimes I get the k-cups online in a bulk box, saves lots of $. I eat mostly organic, so if I cannot find a vitamin or item in my local grocery/health food store, I will get it online. I wish I could buy shoes but I have problem feet and only wear shoes by SAS which you cannot buy online (unless Ebay) and I have a hard-to-find size so for that I must go to the SAS shoe store. They are expensive but prevented me from having foot surgery so it is a small price to pay. I like to try on clothes before I buy. I buy them mostly from Kohls, but since I know how their brands fit me, I will sometimes get the clothing online from their website if the store does not carry my size or color in the shirt that I want, etc. When I do shop in actual stores, I try to support the Mom & Pop establishments in my small town, I think that is important.

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  6. P.S. With the washer/dryer, you will make back your money that you paid for it. When I lived in apartments with laundry facilities, washing my clothing cost me a fortune!

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    1. I was curious so Googled SAS shoes and it said the entire line was sold at a place called Footwear, Etc., I think it was called. Don't know if that's correct or not. I too think it is important to shop Mom & Pop establishments. One I just loved here recently closed their doors. But they were simply retiring, not run out of business. It's actually kind of hard to find Mom & Pop establishments unless it's a place that repairs stuff, seems to me.

      I know it was probably the best thing for me to do, as wringing out simply is not going to work. If I ruin my hands I can't type! It's just hard on my psyche to shell out that much money!

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    2. Yes they sell the shoes but only in their actual stores, not online. Believe me, if I could get them online I would. I have bought some on Ebay but I wear 7WW and it is hard to find what I want. And I have to try them on if it is a style I am not familiar with. I have never liked public laundromats, or apartment ones either. Many times the machines were broken, and people never clean out the lint filters after use. I hope you get someone to help put the casters on and set it up for you. I think you will love it. Let us know how it works out.

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  7. Thanks, Brenda, for letting me know your post was up. Oh!! How I love to shop online. My kids call it my addiction. Like most everyone, I do not like the long lines, trying to find parking spots and holiday shopping is the worst. But don't get me wrong...I do love a nice trip to the mall; seeing, touching, smelling. And I have no luck with shoes online for the most part so I go out for those. And shopping in downtown Chicago is just incredible. LOVE!

    I like going to stores like Target, Macy's., etc. online because you get the whole inventory. For example, if you are looking for curtains at a Target store...you may browse through 50 panels. Online you will see over 1000. The selection is incredible. But you do forsake that touching and really seeing the true color. You also have to be diligent about ordering things like lamps or furniture...always measure and make sure it's a good fit. And also look at the measurements on decorative items you may see. You can be looking at a beautiful tray and it arrives and its. 2' x 2"!! I also check the reviews, I was going to order a blouse on Old Navy and I read a review that said it was as sheer as toilet paper! Very helpful. Check out the return policy. Some are as easy as sticking the item back in the bag and leaving it for the mailperson. Other things like "The Great Rug Return" can be a nightmare. I wanted to return a 5' x 8" area rug (I posted about this debacle). I wrapped it up with bubble wrap and duct tape and dragged it to the post office. No dice. I had to re~wrap it with packing tape there in the lobby while everyone stared at me. Then I had to run home for the address which I forgot. Then I had to pay $40.00 for the return cost. The policy said in very teeny tiny letters that returns were free if you had their credit card. Sheet! So...I hope you have a good return policy if you don't like that washer/dryer!! lol!

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    1. I hope you're right! It said 60 day returns. I sure remember the rug debacle. It was horrid at the time, but funny in the end, hope you don't mind my saying. Jane, you should write an ebook on online shopping. At the very least you should sign up to be one of those Mystery Shoppers. I would get fired the first day but you would probably rise to the top quickly.

      I find in stores that my experience is often ruined by parents on cell phones letting their children run amok. Sometimes I can't help myself and tell the little ones to stop running or the could get hurt. Of course they ignore me. One day I almost got run over in a store by a kid on a bicycle! Parents often don't watch their children anymore. Countless times I've seen children in a fast foods parking lot while Mom is unaware and on her phone just coming out the door.

      Lord, don't get me started! (I know, you didn't. I did.)

      BUT...this is not about my gripes of cell phones and children that would be better raised by wolves!

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  8. I recently purchased a hand sander at Lowe's but when I needed more sanding sheets that specifically fit and not being able to locate them locally, I had no choice but to order those online. I even called the manufacturer and couldn't order through them. I eventually found what I needed on Kmart.com and since I am a member of Shop Your Way rewards, I received a good discount, plus free shipping. I couldn't begin to compare that to the service I received at Lowe's where I purchased the sander. I just find it hard to fathom a store selling a product, but not the accessory that is needed to use the product. The salesman even recommended that I return the sander and purchase another brand.
    On another note, I was browsing Walmart's online sight and found that you can order caskets online. Yes, caskets and urns. I couldn't believe it. I love online ordering,
    Brenda, I am happy to hear about your washing machine. I wonder if you could attach one of those lines that work with a pulley to your patio fence and dry laundry outside. I love the smell of laundry dried the old fashioned way!

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    1. CASKETS! OMG! I'm sorry, but I find that funny. Is there nothing Walmart won't sell? I can just imagine purchasing an urn from them and having it on display in my home and telling people: "Oh, look what a deal I got on my urn for my someday death. It was on sale at Walmart and I just couldn't be happier with it!

      What salesmen tell me is that they don't have the room for everything, so have a small selection.

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    2. Forgot to ask: What is Shop Your Way rewards? I'm kind of sheltered.

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    3. When you shop at Kmart or Sears, you earn 10 points for every dollar you spend. It's free to join. I have used it several times. For example the total on my sandpaper order was $20.76,but after applying my points, I paid $12.67. I was happy with that. Go to shopyourway.com and it explains it all. I just saw on the news that Walmart is going to start offering insurance, such as auto. I thought the caskets were funny too!

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  9. I'm loving what you are doing to make your new home so cozy!

    We had a washer/drier combo unit in the late 60's...it came with our apartment. Oh my...it was awful. The "dried" clothes came out steamed...and damp. But...that was the late 60's so I am thinking they have improved loads and loads. I'll be eager to hear how it works and if it does actually dry the clothes!

    I buy on line 90% of the time. I'm a quilter and buy most of my fabric on line. It's cheaper. I know what I want usually so I get what I want.
    I use Amazon Prime and buy small to big items. I'm cautious because they seem to have increased many items prices to make up for the free shipping. But, I still get many things cheaper and they are delivered to my door.
    I also buy most of my clothes on line. I have 2 favorite places and wait for their sales and their free shipping.

    With 6 grandchildren it is very easy to find out what they are wanting for birthdays and holidays. They look on line and then let their parents or me know what they want, I order it and have it sent to their homes. (they live 1200 miles north). What a blessing that is!

    Needless to say, I am a big fan of online shopping and as I think back I have only had one or two things that weren't what they had claimed. I had a wonderful experience with something not being right where the shop keeper sent me several items trusting me to return the unwanted ones at their expense.

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    1. Yes, I hope they have made improvements. But I don't normally dry my things completely dry. Maybe sheets and towels, or I'll hang the damp towels over something. Now I haven't checked into Amazon Prime either. Here I've written this post about online shopping and seems I'm the dunce about all these good ways to buy!

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  10. I do both. Just depends on what I'm buying. I have to try on clothes. Not that I have a funny body or anything, but I like to know how something fits/looks before I buy it. Same with shoes, purses, jewelry, etc. There are things I buy online only though. I am a bargain hunter and love Amazon. I get my electronic accessories, sheets, kitchen gadgets, and lots of other fun stuff from them. I have a prime account and only buy from Prime retailers so that I never have to pay for shipping. I download all of my music and purchase the sale items for my Kindle--and always look for freebies. As for my text books, I tend to buy or rent them from either Amazon or abebooks.com. College textbooks are ridiculously expensive. I recently bought the Norton Anthology of American lit (in hard cover) from abe books for only $4.00! And it is in great condition! that same book--used--was selling for $67 in the college bookstore! However, now that we live in Germany, I am buying a lot more items from Amazon than ever before.

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    1. Oh, I remember being in college and having a list to buy textbooks and my jaw would nearly drop to the floor when I saw how much they cost. Germany, huh? What's the stores like there?

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  11. Due to a myriad of reasons, I shop on-line here in the UK.I have my groceries delivered weekly by a large supermarket chain.It's a fab fab fab service and you accrue reward points which I use for clothing.It costs roughly 3 dollars monthly.

    Ann

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    1. OMG! I'd pay three dollars weekly to get my groceries delivered. Or daily! Once I've walked the aisles and been run into by people on cell phones or driving those little vehicles (sorry; said I'd get off the cell phones), and then I stand in line behind someone who has a zillion coupons, I'm worn out. Then have to put them in the car and take them home and drag them all in. It's something I have to save up energy to do!

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    2. We have a grocery chain in the Detroit area called Busch's which will fill your grocery order online for $7.00. You place your order, pay by credit card, drive up to the store, pop your trunk and some very nice young employees rush out with your order. Oh, and on Tuesdays seniors get a 10% discount on everything. This service is so convenient, saves so much time, and I think I end up saving money because I'm not tempted to buy anything I don't need. I wish this had been available when my kids were little.

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    3. Brenda I don't know if you are aware that Reasor's will let you order groceries on-line. I think there is a 5.00 fee. Same as Cynthia M. mentioned. Order on-line, pay with credit card and arrange a time to come to the the drive up where they load in your car for you. They now also do deliveries but the cost is higher. Here is the on-link link: http://www.reasors.com/services/onlineshopping_serv.php

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  13. Let's see....I as many of the others as well as you, like the customer ratings online. I have shopped online more and more for children's items ...I think that I bought everything in the physical Toys R US, Target and Walmart when my grandson was a baby and I was trying to equip this place with baby things. Later on it was much easier to find variety in puzzles and such online. For instance I recently went online and found an Audubon Birds of America coloring book, because the boys were so interested in my National Geographic bird book. I can assure you that Toys R Us isn't going to have coloring books like that...everything they have for the most part is based on Disney or TV shows.
    Keds Tennis Shoes...I have a wide foot, and during menopause my feet grew longer. What's with THAT! So in the local shoe store, Keds fit nicely...later on, last summer, I just ordered two pair online when they were on sale at the Ked's site. Used books on Amazon ( not lately, but over the last few years I shopped for older D.E Stevenson used books online, as well as Jean Hersey books ) and sometimes DVDs such as Downton Abbey, The Midwife series and other BBC series since I no longer have cable here.
    Fabric....occasionally have ordered something online at Hancocks of Kentucky on sale if I wanted something particular.
    Personal items: I have sensitive skin and use Neutrogena and Bare Minerals moisturizer in the winter. For Bare Minerals, I'd have to travel about 30 minutes to go to a Macy's store, so I order that online rather than make the trip.

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  14. Well, we are certainly conserving gas as we shop online! When I was quilting I loved Hancocks of Kentucky.

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    1. I don't recall how I found them...I think a lady at the office had a catalog last year.

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  15. I purchase almost all my gifts on ETSY. I purchase 80% of my fabric on ETSY. I love Amazon for their used books and I have purchased some new travel books for my Dad over the years. I hate malls as well, they make me nervous for some reason. I do not find them to be relaxing at all. I adore grocery shopping. I can spend hours looking at labels. I know crazy. (I think it stems from when I was in such a bad marriage, it was my escape for two hours) I just wish I could afford to shop the high end grocery stores, I am stuck usually at Super Walmart the first of the month. (my pay date as well as others) I often wonder why a wife has to bring her husband and all five children with her to the grocery store. (a huge pet peeve of mine) Off the subject, I watched The Blacklist last night. OMG! Riveting. I hate for them to go on hiatus.

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    1. Yeah, loved the moments when Red told Liz that yes, he had killed her father. A myriad of emotions on his face that was priceless. I will surely miss them until Season 2. Will probably have to watch reruns to get my "fix."

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  16. I love to shop online! I have started buying so many gifts and items for my home that way instead of physically going into stores. I recently bought a new larger flat screen tv and had it delivered to my door by Amazon. Great sale price and free shipping! I haven't used the WalMart shopping much but might have to start that also. I love to check the prices and reviews on everything I buy! I hate a mall and only go to the little one near me to take Tiger to ride the train! I do try to shop local when I can. Great conversation going on at Java Talk today!

    Linda

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    1. I was very blessed to be able to shop online during my recuperation (if you want to call it that; their not showing me how to properly wear the boot. Still makes me steam!) I truly don't know what I'd have done. I hated asking Judy to go to the store for me, but there was no other way to get dairy and produce.

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  17. I could stand on my soapbox all day regarding people yakking on cellphones in stores!! Okay, first of all, I read all the reviews of things I haven't bought before. I love Clark's shoes, the clogs/mules, and order them once in a while because I know they'll fit. I hate to clothes shop, but I almost need to go to a store to try on as I've had too much bad luck ordering for myself. Hubby needs some new polo shirts for warmer weather and it's hard to find tall sizes, so I'll order them. I love to browse the book store, but I also order them online, especially old books from favorite authors if I can find them for the right price in good condition. I'm going to have to check out WalMart ordering as I'm getting back aches from lifting those huge boxes of cat litter and 30 lb bags of cat food.
    Glad you got your washer/dryer combo. Now you can save your poor hands for typing and gardening!

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    1. Yes, when it seemed I couldn't even lift a small pot out on the patio, I kind of panicked. The price of this thing scares me, but the idea of not being able to garden or type scares me more! I have a theory that a store or any other place could have a bit of electronics built in where when people entered, their cell phones would automatically shut down. Then when they were walking to their car, it would come back on. But once they were behind the wheel and turned on the ignition, it would go off again until they turned it off and got out. Just think how many lives would be saved.

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    2. I just read recently that someone or some company does have that in the works...the phones won't work while the car is moving. WOOHOO! :) I hope it comes to fruition!

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  18. Good morning Brenda and ladies. I hate to shop in stores or the mall. I love online shopping and do 98% of my shopping online. A lot of walmart.com. Really the only time I go into a store is to return something I bought online that didn't work out. Or to buy certain groceries. I buy everything online, even clothing and shoes. I know my body well enough to know what size to buy at which store.

    I agree with everyone else about research, reviews and amazon.com. Customer reviews also enable me to order the correct product to meet my needs. And clothing reviews help me when choosing an item size if I am unsure.

    Us freeshipping,org to find free shipping codes.

    Your washer/ dryer will be worth every penny. You can't put a price tag on pain relief. It is priceless.

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    1. Thanks for the free shipping URL. I guess you're right. Pain relief is priceless. Especially since I can't tolerate pain medication due to reflux.

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    2. No pain medication! I feel really bad for you. Some days, I need to take naproxen. Like when both hands are throbbing. Have you tried wrapping your hands in a towel with a hot water bottle? Sometimes, it soothes mine.

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    3. I like ice on my back and ankle and hands.

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  19. OK, so I'm the oddball in this discussion, I love shopping anywhere. I love roaming up and down the aisles and just looking. Oh well, we're all different. I do order some items online but it's usually decorative things.

    Judy

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    1. Judy likes to be on the go. She wants to feel the fabric and eyeball the goods.

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  20. Wow, I guess I'm in the minority here -- I only shop online as a last resort. After so many years of being an artisan selling my designs at local events, I am wholly committed to the "Buy Local"philosophy. The people who bought from me instead of ordering something cheaper on Amazon kept my little business successful. Even if it's WalMart or thrift stores, shopping there supports the store's ability to pay their employees, who probably live locally also. I love a bargain as much as anyone else, but I'll scrimp and save elsewhere to support our neighborhood shops and services. Yes it is annoying sometimes when kids are loud and people are distracted on their cellphones, but getting out and talking with people always makes my day a little brighter. Just this morning at the WM Neighborhood Grocery, I had a fun conversation with an adorable firefighter, found a new gluten free noodle product that I didn't know about, and chatted with a sweet checkout clerk. Came home smiling. BTW Brenda the natural health folks at your Sprouts can probably recommend something holistic to help with your pain, that won't give you bad side effects. I hope you enjoy your Sprouts store, ours is great, and there's always someone fun and funky there to talk to :) I'm glad you have a good store close by. They have wonderful sales.

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    1. Well, I don't usually talk much when I'm out, but I do love the new Sprouts store. And I will ask them for something for this pain. Didn't even occur to me. Different strokes for different folks. I'd love to stroll through stores, but my ankle limits all that now.

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    2. Oh Brenda I just remembered they have essential oils too! For really good prices, and sometimes they even go on sale. Occasionally they have everything in their health department an extra 25% off. You can go online and see what their ads are every week. And I think they have the electric carts that you can use to save the wear on your ankle. I have always wanted to test one out :)

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    3. Clearly I have been gone for awhile. I've been out in back digging in the dirt. The sun came out and I wanted to get some Vitamin D the good old-fashioned way. Planted irises and lilies and chives in the dirt sections, of which there is not much. Was on the last round and turned around and the pupsters had been following right behind me digging everything up. Oh boy, was I upset.

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  21. Just an off note: If your hands are really bad, heat up a wet washcloth in the microwave, then wrap it around your hands, then put a plastic bag over that. Oh my does that feel good.

    I use Amazon all the time for buying books. I've ordered a lot of paint books online used and they come in perfect condition, too! I also order my shoes from PlanetShoes.com. I wear a lot of the Kelso Earth shoes, and they offer great sales, free returns. I just ordered yarn online from Craftsy. So many yarn shops have gone out of business here, and I don't like Michael's yarn for making hats and scarves. One of our major grocery stores tried home delivery a few years ago and it didn't go over well. I feel like shopping has changed so much over the years. We are left with Macy's and Kohl's. I don't shop Nordstrom's or Neiman Marcus. The last time we were in a Macy's for my daughter she encountered a huge bug, and I mean huge, but they did nothing about it.

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    1. The bug didn't put a bee in anybody's bonnet buy yours, huh? I would probably have had to raise a stink over a big bug.

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  22. I order from Amazon. In the winter when I was so sick I could not get out to the store and no one to go for me. I ordered toilet paper, tea, otc meds and all free shipping. I did pay the one day shipping for the toilet paper. I buy all my books from Amazon. With Prime membership everything is free 2 day shipping on anything you want! I order fabric and everything from Ebay, Etsy!! Being in chronic pain 24/7 it really helps to order online. Getting in and out of my car is very painful!

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    1. and no talking... I don't want to see anyone I know if I am shopping. I want to get in and out IF I have to go into a local store!!!

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    2. A MALL?? What is a Mall?? NO Way NO How would I ever go to another mall again as long as I live. I agree with you Brenda 100%!!

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    3. I guess the malls appealed to me when they first started building them. Yes, I'm old enough to remember the first one near OKC. Now I just can't imagine what they're like. But if it's like anyplace else, everybody will be talking into their phone and no one will be talking to one another and it will look like a bad movie. Why don't they have windows in those darned things? Makes me claustrophobic.

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  23. We love to shop online and use Amazon a lot. You can check and compare prices, which is great! Want another cup of coffee? We've been buying big bags of coffee beans...half caf. It is so hard to find in the stores and we get a great buy from Amazon. I love ETSY, too! I would rather have something hand made or vintage. It's fun to search your favorite items and see what you find. Great subject my friend! off to read some comments now! Hugs, Diane

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    1. I'm going to buy decaf when I go to the store. Maybe I won't have so much trouble with heartburn. I took someone's advice last night and put a teaspoon of vinegar in water and drank it and I thought I was going to throw up and then blow up.

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    2. Oh Brenda! Have you tried chewable acidolphilus for heartburn and just general digestive health? My husband and I swear by it (at times he's had acid reflux and this always helps). Our favorite brand is Nature's Bounty and we've found the chewable ones act much faster than capsules. Plus they taste great so we remember to take them more often. :) We've taken them for years, take 2 daily, and have noticed a good difference in our health. Love these and you can order them for a good price at VitaCost.com or here. ... Debra http://www.amazon.com/Bounty-Acidophilus-Chewable-Natural-Strawberry/dp/B000052YUH/ref=sr_1_3?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1399035668&sr=1-3&keywords=nature%27s+bounty+acidophilus+probiotic

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  24. I shop a lot online but I also go to stores and I go weekly to the local farmers market, I also purchase all of our organic beef/pork there as well. A funny story about cell phones, I was in the ladies room at Target and the lady next to me was sitting on the toilet and talking, I couldn't believe it. When I got out I washed my hands and our Target has that super mega hand dryer that blocks out all noise, I stood there for several minutes just drying my hands. I agree with you as well, Brenda, about the cell phone not working once your car is in drive and of course once you walk through the doors of any store. Do I really want to hear what you did last night with your hubby/friend/whoever? Not really.

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    1. She was SITTING on a toilet! I'll bring this into the discussion. I wouldn't sit on a public toilet if I was at death's door. When my girls were little I did everything but hold them over my head to keep them from touching anything inside the stall of a public toilet. My MIL was just as bad if not worse. She could spot a germ 20 feet away. She wouldn't let them drink from the water fountains.

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  25. Brenda, if you could make that chip for phones so they didn't work in the store or the car you'd be set for life! What a great idea that is!

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    1. Well, I'm not much of an inventor. But I cannot believe after all these people get killed from some fool texting or talking on the phone while driving, including those who are hired to drive boats and trains, that someone savvy enough to do it has not implemented that bit of safety. Hey, they do something like that for people who have had DUI's, don't they? Then they could do it for cell phones. Shut those suckers off mid-sentence and boy, would you have a bunch of people not knowing what to do with themselves. Hey, you're out in a store. Shop and be polite to the clerk! I hate it when I see someone talk all the way through checking out and the poor clerk just stands there doing her job. Jerks.

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  26. Hi, Miss Brenda! I'm so glad to hear about your W/D order. I've heard they work really well. I live near a college town, and some of the graduate housing and student apartments have those kinds of W/D and they love it. Hopefully, you will love yours, too.

    For a while now, some of the ladies at work had been talking about Etsy, so I decided to check it out. I found a cute watercolor print that I thought would be perfect for my bathroom, so I bought it. That was the first item I had purchased online in about 3 years. I prefer to get out and shop. I like to see and touch an item before buying it. I was fortunate buying the print because it turned out prettier in person than on the site, but it'll probably be another 3 years before I purchase anything else online. I don't do much with my computer except read the news, blogs, and I balance my checkbook every day. That's pretty much it when it comes to any real computer time.

    Talk to you soon,

    Carol

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    1. Well, back to the germ phobics, just imagine who else ahead of you has touched all that stuff. And did they wash their hands? I come in the door and head straight for the soap and water. I clearly got too tired and hot out there and now Judy says it might freeze tonight. I work myself into a dither before I have sense enough to go in. I don't know who's more dirty, me or the dogs.

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    2. Well, Miss Brenda, the same could be said about those whose hands handled my Etsy package recently. I hope they washed their hands before handling, but there's no real guarantee. I mean, the thought of them scratching their butts or picking their noses then getting back to handling my package doesn't sound too appealing either. How about the mail carrier? Same could be said for him/her.

      Trust me when I say I'm a HUGE germaphobe, myself. I wash my hands as often as I can, and when I can't, I keep a small bottle of GermX in my purse, my car, everywhere. I work at Walmart, for goodness sake. You can just imagine all the germs there, but I can't live my life with that kind of paranoia. It wouldn't be much of a life if I did.

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    3. I agree. I was trying to engage some humor into a situation because I don't really have a good enough reason for not going out. All I could think of at the moment. Just going for a bit of levity.

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  27. I really like shopping online for many reasons. I have lots of time to put things in my cart,, then leave the site and give the purchase some real thought before making final decision to check out..I cant tell ya the impulse buying being online has stopped~! If I have to go to a store I buy too much because I so dread having to go back..:)I just dont like being out their where all those folks vibes are.. even when I do a spiritual bubble around myself, theirs always someone so sad or messed up that I absorb a lot of their negative feelings:( then its a day or more before I can rid of it.. I sure dont need that.

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    1. Sonny, you and I are a lot alike when it comes to going out around people. It's not that I don't like people. I just don't like the feeling of chaos when there are a lot of people and a lot of traffic and a lot of cell phone conversations going on. How are you with the cell phones? Judy finally talked me into getting one for emergencies. I got it through AARP and it's $15 a month for 200 minutes!

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  28. I cut way back on online shopping ever since Amazon started taxing. I mainly used Amazon for books, but now I buy them used in a local bookstore unless, it is not available used. I've purchased a few things on Etsy for my daughter; she loves looking at their shops. I do too, but she does it more. But lately, I rarely purchase anything online, because most of my shopping, except for groceries, is done at second hand stores and vintage stores. I don't like the mall either; though, I have a week spot for drooling at Anthropologie's dishes, but it is not in a "mall". Open air, street shopping...

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    1. I don't even go into Anthropologie,because I have a weakness for dishes and such and I can't afford them. I only buy books for my book club, and then at least that is tax deductible.I love the open air malls!

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  29. I bought myself a Kitchenaid mixer online at www.everythingkitchens.com. They had a sale plus a bonus rebate and the price was less than anywhere else I found online or my local stores. And it's my favorite color - Blue!

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    1. I've always wanted one of those! But the price has always been prohibitive. Do you mind my asking what you paid with all your smart rebates and such?

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  30. Brenda, I wasn't the one that you told you about taking vinegar for your acid reflux, but I did want to tell you that apple cider vinegar is not a cure for everyone. It works for those that don't have enough acid in their stomachs, but doesn't work for those that have too much acid. I have too much acid and it doesn't work for me either. Though I was told that it is a good test for finding out if you have too much acid or not by my doctor.
    I shop online almost 100 percent since I am disabled. I don't miss the malls either! Our grocery store here in town does delivery for a small fee, and I order from Walmart.com too. I occasionally buy clothing and shoes online, only when desperately needed and at places I know the size will fit me well.

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    1. Well, I'm so glad to hear you tell me that! I tried baking soda a few weeks ago in water, and lordy that stuff would gag a maggot! I was sick after that. I really think I have too much acid, for it's been this way since I was about 30. My trouble right now is that I accidentally ordered the wrong over the counter medication for it and am waiting for my Walmart.com delivery to get things back on track. Thanks for telling me that!

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    2. I don't have the exact number here at work but as I recall the price was $269 + $10 off with a rebate code they gave you to enter at checkout + an additional $30 rebate from Kitchenaid which they give periodically (sometimes they give you a free attachment instead but I like having $ off instead since it came with the 3 most needed attachments.) It also came with free shipping! I got the Blue Willow 5qt.with metal mixing bowl. I'd like to have had the one with the glass bowl but it was more expensive and not necessary since I was trying to save money. I used my points that I accrued from my Visa card that I charge most things on and had been saving them up! They have sales at Kohls on these from time to time as well (esp. around Thanksgiving) but they didn't have this color or the 5 qt one. Usually the one they put on sale is the 4.5 qt which was a bit on the light side for mixing bread dough. Whew ... that may have been WAY more info than you were asking for :-)

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  31. Good morning! Because of you I do most of my shopping at WM online. It got the point that pushing around that huge cart full of things got to be too much for my back. I love that they bring into the house my huge bags of cat food (which by the way I can get larger online), and the big boxes of litter. That's the best part not having to carry it into the house.
    When you told about your W/D being left at your front door stoop made me laugh. We were having a new kitchen counter delivered by Home Depot. They were going to leave it at the end of the driveway! Our driveway is 450 feet long. We had no choice but to pay the extra money. When it came my husband made them put it in the garage, and they were not happy. Oh well on them.
    A new yarn store opened recently, and I can't tell you how much time I have spent in there. And money. I love feeling the yarn, but that doesn't stop me from buying online.
    I shop a lot online for everything. I belong to My points where I earn points for shopping. This past Christmas I had enough points earned from the various places I belong to that I didn't have to spend any money on gifts. I turned the points into Amazon gift cards.
    I also shop at Goodwill.com. It is an auction site where Goodwill stores across the country list some of their items. I have bought designer purses for a fraction of retail. I only wear Birkenstock shoes which new can cost over $100, but I think the most I have paid on Goodwill is $20. There is a shipping charge so when bidding you do have to take that into account. Just yesterday I got a new in the box Oxo Mandolin. I researched it before I bid, read reviews, and checked the retail price. At a store it would have cost $70, with shipping I paid only $20. I love that site.
    I live 22 miles from town so online shopping has been a lifesaver, not to mention gas saver. I would shop my local grocery more but their prices are so much higher than any where else that I just can't afford to.
    However, whenever I get to Minneapolis (a few times a year) I love shopping the mall. I love to just window shop, and people watch. Here in MN it is not uncommon to have a very nice conversation with a complete stranger. It's called Minnesota Nice. I love, love , love the Mall of America.
    Oh I could go on, and on about shopping it is one of my favorite things, but I best stop mow. Thanks again Brenda for hosting a great topic.

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    1. Well some person burst my bubble yesterday by emailing me and breaking down how long it would take me to pay for my washer versus going to the laundromat. Why are people so thoughtless? I was feeling pretty good about my purchase and they come along and tell me it would take so many years to pay for it. Hello, I said, you didn't add the cost of drying. I just wish people would keep these things to themselves. It wasn't just having the convenience, it was figuring in my walking with laundry and my ankle.

      Anyway, back to the topic. I did not know this about Goodwill and will check it out, because ours is just not very good. I didn't know about My Points either and will have to research that. I'm so glad you don't have to heft those huge sacks at Walmart. I too have found that, for instance, I can get a huge box of Cheerios online. I can pay virtually the same thing in the store and it is much smaller.

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  32. We do a lot of on-line shopping. We use our Amazon Prime quite often~~ waiting for a new Oriole feeder to be delivered today, in fact. When I get the 30% or 20% off coupons from Kohl's I almost always order on-line. No shipping when they have those sales, and no minimum $$ amount to spend. They now even let you use your Kohl's cash if you order on-line. Plus if you don't like it you can return to your nearest Kohl's store. Most other stores almost monthly have a free shipping promotion if you order on-line. I love using Etsy, too, as you can find such unique things. It is a dilemma when one uses on-line shopping vs. accessing real brick & mortar shops, but, when it is a lot cheaper, it is easy to justify it, I guess.
    Re; your washer/dryer, I know a lot of times, if you offer a delivery person CASH of maybe $50 or so, a lot of time they WILL bring it in for you as it is "free" $$ for them. Just a thought. AND,,,, that person must have WAY too much time on their hands to do all of that "research" for you to tell you what it will cost YOU to do YOUR laundry. Wow!! Gotta' wonder. OH, and Blacklist!!!!!!! What the heck??? IS he Lizzie's father/ what kind of secret is there/ IS Tom the true bad guy that Red has continually told Lizzie? The next 2 weeks are the last 2 episodes for the season....... It will be a LONG time til Fall, that is for sure!

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    1. I will have The Blacklist withdrawals...

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  33. I have a question to ask. I subscribe to over 100 blogs via email. Today I didn't receive more than 50 of them, including your's. I don't know how this all works, but wonder if you or your readers have ever experienced this. I renewed my Norton 360 yesterday -wonder if this coincides somehow?

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