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Shopping Online? Best Deals for Moms
By Jen Jones
Statistically, moms still control the proverbial purse strings in many families -- and online shopping outlets have caught on. Sites of all sizes and categories are offering the best deals and perks just for mom consumers, who welcome not only the savings, but also the added convenience.
“I think online shopping is one of the greatest things to happen to modern motherhood,” says Mir Kamin, an Atlanta-based mom and what’s called a “DealProorSavings.com. “When you’ve got little kids, the idea of even just running to the grocery store to get cereal can be daunting. Being able to sit in your pajamas at the comfort of your computer and have it delivered for less hassle and money? Amazing!”
Linsey Knerl, a mother of five based in the tiny town of Tekamah, Neb., couldn’t agree more. The extremely rural nature of her surroundings makes it tough to trek out for necessities, and shopping online helps deliver her family’s needs to their doorstep. She often checks sites like Alice.com and BabyCheapskate.com for new deals. She also uses Amazon Mom on a regular basis.
“I save at least 20 to 30 percent on my total spending, but I also value the peripheral savings,” says Knerl. “When I go shopping, I usually have to bring all five kids, which means I’m driving the Suburban. Shopping online saves us hundreds of dollars per year on gas alone.”
So how can you make online shopping work for your family’s needs -- and your budget? Find out where the best deals are and how to make the most of them:
Online Shopping Tip No. 1: Look for websites that pack a double savings punch.
Online Shopping Tip No. 2: Let the best deals come to you.
Online Shopping Tip No. No. 3: Look beyond Groupon for the best deals.
Online Shopping Tip No. 4: Translate the savings to your brick-and-mortar experience.
Photo Credit: @iStockphoto.com/MarkHatfield
Jen Jones is a full-time freelance writer and author based in Los Angeles. Her articles have appeared in The Online Family and Variety, as well as on MSN.com.
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