Grocery Shopping For Newbies

Grocery Shopping For Newbies

There’s always a first time for everything and grocery shopping is no exception. Whether you’re a freshman moving in to his first dorm or a new member of the workforce getting an apartment of his own, grocery shopping can be made easier. Doing your grocery orders online and getting the groceries delivered will save you from the embarrassment of gawking at the aisles and lugging everything back home.

First, make a list of things you would have in the grocery delivery. There are several online sites that have pre-made shopping lists to choose from. Include food, personal hygiene, cleaning supplies, medicine and other necessities and group them accordingly.

For food items, plan out your daily menu. If you don’t know how to cook or prefer to get delivery for canned goods and perishable items, remember your food groups and try to get at least one from each classification.

With this list, inventory what you have at home and indicate all the things you need to buy. If you’re on a tight budget, highlight priority items. You can always get the other items on your next grocery delivery.

Once you’re ready to start browsing, keep your list handy and check off items once you add them to the shopping cart. Keep in mind that the running total you are seeing may still lack any markups or fees that the delivery service will charge.

When buying, carefully read all the information on the goods being sold. Take note of packaging sizes, quantities, prices, and delivery time slot availability. Buying in bulk and larger sizes is a good practice if you can make it stay within your budget.

After reviewing and seeing that you have all that you need, move on to the payment process. Always make sure you’re entering a safe URL before entering your personal information. Recheck your payment details and home address, lest the grocery delivery gets lost.

The last step will be the arrival of your groceries. Make sure you have the times right so you can be available for when the delivery person shows up. With your receipt in hand, verify all the items delivered. Look out for damaged and expired goods.

Online shopping lets you browse a store’s merchandise at any time of the day in the safety of your own home. It’s a great way to look for items at your own pace without doing any actual pacing. The new and improved grocery delivery service will also save you on time and gas.

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Online Purchases, Know Some Basic Rules

Online Purchases, Know Some Basic Rules

There are currently several Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying electronics, digital cameras etc., online. “The E-Fencing of stolen Goods Online is the new Crime Frontier”

Here are a couple of things that you may want to consider before continuing the venture into the world of online shopping. Because competition between online businesses continues growing, the prices of products continue to go down, which is sometimes advantageous to consumers. Another benefit of online shopping is its convenience as opposed to the local electronics store. While online shopping offers several attractions, the most compelling of which allows consumers to browse through different stores and products with just a click of the mouse. Today’s online consumers are given more alternatives along with a plethora of different products all from the comfort of their home. Another distinct advantage is that consumers are given the opportunity to purchase items that may not be readily available in their local area stores. Consumers simply go to websites like eBay, Craigslist, Amazon etc., where they are able to easily buy from anywhere in the world 24/7.

A major disadvantage in buying online, which is not well known by everyone, revolves around the issues concerning online security and product integrity. Because of the low degree of risk associated with the selling of stolen goods online, the online revolution has created a new age ‘High Tech Criminal’. Along with that element also come crackers and hackers that are becoming more skilled and covert in their illegal actions. With the above as well as other associated risks, there are always risks of consumers’ sensitive information such as, personal and credit card details etc., being stolen and used fraudulently. As a result, more and more online stores have strived hard to put good security measures in place to assure their consumers of what they are ordering is not stolen and will in fact be delivered on-time as promised. Most of the major online retailers these days are trying to do their best to prevent ‘bad’ shopping experiences from happening however, they still have to operate with the understanding that, not all incidents can be prevented.

To give as an example, there are literally thousands of pieces of assorted cargo that is stolen each week by ‘Opportunity Thieves’ as well as very well organized and funded criminal gangs. These criminals have discovered that the best and most profitable avenue for turning their stolen goods into cash is to simply offer the goods for sale online. This avenue affords the criminal the ability to receive the highest return for their stolen products along with the least amount of risk for getting caught. Due in part to the huge proliferation of online Auction sites and Classified Ad services, criminals have discovered that the almost risk-free rewards for the e-fencing of their goods is but a mouse click away.

The number of people who are electing to shop online instead of visiting the local discount electronics stores is increasing by the second. Online shopping is quickly becoming an overnight trend that seems to be enjoying a tremendous amount of growth . However, what exactly are the ‘real’ advantages and disadvantages of purchasing new and ‘slightly used’ goods online vs visiting the local brick and mortar when the above is considered?

Although the above information paints what appears to be a bleak picture for the world of online shopping, there are in fact a couple of very simple rules to follow, some of which I will list below, that should help make the online shopping experience a pleasant one for the consumer.

1. ALWAYS demand that the seller provide you with the Make, Model and Serial numbers of the item you are considering purchasing PRIOR to paying for the item.

2. Always have the serial number checked to ensure the item has not been reported as lost or stolen by utilizing the services of the local police department or by using an online verification service.

3. Always pay for ALL purchases using a credit card. If you are purchasing new or ‘slightly used’ items from a seller listed on one of the popular classified ad services, always use a postal money order for payment but, ONLY AFTER you have verified the items lost/stolen status through one of the methods listed in #2 above.

Due diligence is the responsibility of the buyer and, always keep in mind the fact that, possession of stolen goods is a Felony in most States in the US and it does not matter weather or not you knew the item was stolen when you purchased it (just imagine giving a ‘gift’ of a stolen camera purchased online only to have the recipient arrested for possession of stolen property). If the price for the item sounds TOO GOOD …

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Online Versus Offline Shopping

Online Versus Offline Shopping

With the emergence of credit cards, PayPal and many other forms of digital methods of payment coupled with the “Online Showrooms” such as eBay, Amazon and many more people are now being seen to shop online for products that people would have had to go to a regular store to check out and shop for. However even with the growing trend of online shopping, offline shopping is still proving to be quite significant.

In a recent study made by CALTECH (California Technological Institute) which studied the way consumers would respond to product descriptions, images, and its actual physical appearance in relation to their willingness to pay for the products based on each of these variations.

It was discovered that the behavior of these consumers would not differ with the way they saw a product description as compared to when they see an image of the product. What changed though was how they would react to a product when they could physically see, touch and at times smell the product. It is when their senses were involved that Caltech saw an increase in motivation to buy the items that were being shown to them by 50%.

Caltech reported that consumers would respond better to a product that was “physically present” as compared to those that they can simply see in a catalogue online. It thus became obvious that consumers would respond differently to certain types of products online as compared to those being presented to them in the stores. People would be more enticed to purchase mobile phones online such as that demonstrated by the pre-orders made of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and now the iPhone 5. However when it comes to purchasing a vehicle, furniture, and certain food and clothing, consumers are more likely to purchase these in person rather than going through an online selection.

Online shopping has its perks though as compared to that of offline shopping when it comes to convenience, perks and price. Online shopping is able to provide discounts and allows users to easily compare prices with other providers or products without having to be physically present. All these can also be done through mobile phones just as much as it can be done through the pcs making it even more accessible for everyone to shop at their convenience whenever and where ever they choose.

Overall, both online and offline retailers have to factor in how a product is presented as this has an important role in consumer behavior. The consumers also have to develop a bond of trust with the brands first prior to them trusting to purchasing items through the online channels. Taking the advantages and disadvantages of both shopping methodologies and consumer behavior results it would be wise for industries that rely on either of these marketing methods to find a marriage of the two to take advantage of gaining the upper hand in getting the consumer’s favor. Once you are able to do so it is guaranteed that your business shall gain an upper hand in terms of consumer sales.

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Online Grocery Shopping – Review – Is My Harvest America Legitimate Or Not?

Online Grocery Shopping – Review – Is My Harvest America Legitimate Or Not?

My Harvest America is a scam? Well, it’s MLM meets online grocery shopping and it’s a home based business opportunity offering the same niche market service that grocery store chains like Stop and Shop (a Northeast grocery) provides their customers: a home delivery, on-line grocery shopping service. Stop and Shop offers their service under the name PeaPod. Through Peapod, you can order your groceries online. Anything from Rice Krispies to grapes can be ordered without the hassle of going to the grocery store. Your order will be delivered the same day within a given window of time. After all, you don’t want your groceries left at your door-step unattended. A pretty cool convenience especially in New England winters when there is no better idea than to stay home in a climate controlled house.

My Harvest America is not a scam but a new MLM, multilevel, network marketing home based business opportunity and possibly the next great goldmine in the industry. Online grocery shopping’s version of Amway, where people helping people is the premise used to spread profit through a network of distributors with the dollars saved from conventional advertising.

My Harvest America has a great idea and the use of the MLM, multilevel or network marketing business model adds to the intrigue. Launched in late 2009, the company offers online grocery shopping memberships which give members access to their online grocery store and other optional upgraded memberships which allow premium purchasing power options (one being discount travel). The company has recovered nicely from some initial overwhelming growing pains (a nice problem to have) and are now delivering groceries in a much more efficient manner with delivery times averaging one to two weeks down from a considerably longer period of time.

The concept behind My Harvest America is great and the use of the MLM, multilevel, network marketing model offers a great home based business opportunity because everybody needs groceries and the savings My Harvest America offers their members is significant. If I were rating this home based business opportunity on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it an 8. If you’re looking to start a home based business to supplement your current income, this is a winner but you need to know how to market to make it a ’10’!

Keep in mind, this is a home based BUSINESS and like any business it will take effort, you will have objections to the concept, resistance from potential members (memberships are where you will earn your commissions) and some people just don’t want to hear about another MLM, multilevel, network marketing opportunity. So the real question is not will this concept of online grocery shopping succeed, Peapod and Stop and Shop have shown it can work, but how will you make it succeed for you.

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Avoiding Temptation: Stock Your Pantry Right

Avoiding Temptation: Stock Your Pantry Right

Imagine this: You venture into your kitchen and are greeted by fresh fruits and vegetables, some leftover chicken breast from the night before, a cup of Greek yogurt, and a large piece of chocolate cake you brought home the other day from your co-worker’s birthday party. You’re hungry and that chocolate cake is calling for you – temptation overcomes you and you down 600 calories consisting almost entirely of sugar and fat. Fortunately, these kinds of temptations (and the 600 calorie price tag) are very much avoidable if you learn how to properly stock your kitchen.

Eliminate Junk Food

The simplest way to avoid succumbing to temptations is to simply get rid of them. Fill your fridge and pantry with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and nuts so that when you’re hungry, you only have healthful options to choose from.

Make a Grocery List

And stick to it. Professional marketing teams do everything they can to make their products look absolutely irresistible on the grocery store shelves; so if you’re not careful, you’ll be the one making silly impulse purchases. Outsmart the cheap tricks and plan what you’re going to buy ahead of time. When you’re unloading your cart, make sure each item you’re buying was on the list. If it wasn’t, ditch it.

Keep Food in the Kitchen

It’s not uncommon for people to have a stash of food somewhere in their bedrooms or living rooms so they have easy access when they get hungry. Sure it’s convenient, but it can easily result in a bad case of overeating. By keeping all of your food in the kitchen, you’re forcing yourself to better think through your food choice. If you’re going to eat something outside of the kitchen, take only your portion with you and leave the rest where it belongs. Part of avoiding temptation is simply making it more difficult on yourself to overeat.

Eat a Variety of Foods

Boredom can lead to impulse fast food runs which will only present us with more opportunities to give in to temptation. Just because you should make a grocery list before shopping doesn’t mean you can’t try new things. Check out the ads in your local paper – if something looks good, do more research and see if you can find the nutritional label online. If you like what you see, jot it down on your list and consider buying it next time you go grocery shopping. This way you’ll have opportunities to add variety to your meals without making rash, impulse decisions while you’re at the grocery store.

Get Your Family and Friends On-Board

If someone has a gambling problem, they probably shouldn’t be hanging around people who play poker every night. The same principle goes for people who are trying to stick to their diets but are afraid of giving in to temptation. I’m by no means telling you to ditch your friends and family – just make sure they know that you’re trying to eat well so they’re not the ones accidentally tempting you to stray from your diet.

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The Budget Crunch – Smart Grocery Shopping

The Budget Crunch – Smart Grocery Shopping

These days, money certainly doesn’t grow on trees. Whether you’re a starving college student eating nothing but noodles or a parent with several kids, the problem is the same. How do you stretch your money and still get the groceries that you want or need? Here are some quick tips that could help.

Use Coupons:

Many people think that coupons are a thing of the past, but they aren’t. You can still get coupons in your paper. Also, though, there are now plenty of coupons that you can print from your computer. When you use coupons, try to keep them organized by date and product type. That will help you to shop smarter and faster.

Beware The Sale:

Sales are wonderful things, if they actually are sales. Often, though, grocery stores will post ads for great deals that you may think are sales. Actually, the item may always be that price and the company is just highlighting it that week. So, make sure that a sale is actually a bargain, before you buy.

The Brand Name Buzz:

Foods don’t have to be a brand name to be good. Often times, the store brand will be cheaper and taste the same or better. So, experiment with cheaper brands and you may be able to find budget-friendly substitutes.

Stocking Up:

Some foods spoil quickly, but others keep for a long time. If you have space, stock up on non-perishable items when there’s a sale. It can save you a lot of money and a lot of time, too.

Drive Smart:

Some people will go to one store for some groceries and then drive across town for others, just to save a few cents. That can actually be a waste of both time and gas money, though. Ask yourself if the sale is good enough to be worth it. If not, do all your shopping in one place that week.

By following those simple steps, you can be well on your way to eating better meals. Yet, you’ll still be a smart shopper who knows how to make the most of their money.

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The Benefits of Shopping For Your Home Lighting Online

The Benefits of Shopping For Your Home Lighting Online

There are many reasons you should buy your home lighting online. The top reasons would be for the convenience. Lets face it there is no better way to shop than kicking back and not being harassed by a sales man. By shopping online your don’t get high pressure sales tactics as well as you can browse as long as you like.

Many online retailer have great features that help you compare lighting fixtures. This is great because you can look at them side by side. This is hard to do from a catalog in a Showroom. The one advantage to a showroom is that you could possible see the fixture in person. But this is a very unlikely because there are so many lights to choose from and limited space in a showroom. This is another great point when it comes to shopping online is your choice are much greater. Showrooms are limited to certain lighting vendors. But online retailers typically have a larger selection.

The Second best reason to shop online is it is very easy to compare prices from retailer to retailer in minutes. You can’t do this in a lighting showroom. As well as it save a lot of money on gas not having to drive around.

Home lighting retailers on the internet also typically have better descriptions of the products and higher quality images than a showrooms catalog. This can help you see the detail of the fixture as well as make a more educate decision on what you are going to buy.

Lets face it sometimes you have an epiphany in the middle of the night about your on going kitchen remodel and you want to shop for that perfect light right now. You can do this in a showroom.

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