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shopping in the digital world: 5 ways to buy more conveniently

Online shopping is convenient in that shoppers can avoid crowds and lines and they don't have to spend hours in the mall. For these reasons, it's no surprise that around 96% of Americans are online shoppers. Though it’s very convenient to shop online, are you shopping as convenient as possible?

Being able to purchase items or order services using the Internet makes life easy, but there are even more convenient ways to make shopping even better. Here are 5 tips for buying more conveniently when using the Internet.

1. Scheduled Deliveries

In the digital shopping world you can head to your favorite online store and order the items you need. If you’re like most people, there are certain products that you order on a routine basis. These days many online companies offer what’s known as scheduled deliveries. With this service you can schedule future deliveries of certain products so that you can replenish your stash as you start to run low.

With scheduled deliveries you never have to worry about running out of your favorite snacks or drinks in your home. Being able to schedule deliveries months into the future makes shopping much more convenient as you’ll never forget the most important items.

2. Subscription Delivery Boxes

For years now subscription delivery boxes have become a popular option for online shoppers. These days there are hundreds of different subscription services that deliver certain products to your front door for a low monthly free. From online coffee subscriptions to food, clothing, and even personal care products, you can have all of these items delivered to your home.

What’s great about online subscription delivery boxes is that you can personalize what you receive in each box. For clothing-based boxes you have a personal shopper who determines clothes that are most suitable for your body type and style. With coffee-based boxes you’re able to pinpoint the type of roasts you like so that you can have products delivered each month that you’ll actually enjoy.

Online subscription services are like Christmas each month a box is delivered. There’s nothing more exciting than knowing you have a package coming in the mail!

3. Go Mobile

While there’s nothing wrong with sitting at a laptop or desktop computer to order items online, most online shoppers make purchases when they’re on the go. One of the easiest ways to order items online when you’re out and about is to use a mobile app. These days companies both large and small offer mobile apps that you can use to order your favorite products and services. Using a mobile app you can order clothing, shoes, groceries, accessories, household items, and much more.

You’ll even find that there are mobile apps designed to save you money while shopping as well. Some of the best money-saving apps to consider downloading include:

  • Yowza
  • Coupon Sherpa
  • SnipSnap
  • CardStar
  • ShopKick
  • Checkout51

By using mobile apps not only are you able to shop when you’re on the go, you can also get the best prices possible so that you get the most bang for your buck. Who could say no to shopping on the small screen while also saving money?

4. Use Online Payments

Obviously you can’t shop using cash online, so most customers use their debit or credit card to make a purchase. But these days you can shop using an online payment system, such as PayPal or Apple Pay, to make purchases. Not only are these payments extremely convenient, they’re also much more secure than traditional payment options.

In a world where data leaks and hacks seem to happen every month, it’s much safer to make purchases without providing your financial information. Since debt and credit card numbers can be easily stolen, consider using more secure payment options. With alternative payment options, you can pay for the items you need without running the risk of credit or identity theft.

5. Track Prices

Just like prices change in brick and mortar stores, online product prices also fluctuate. Most online retailers use a complicated algorithm that lowers and raises prices depending on the day of the week, trending items, and purchase history. While you can use coupons to save money, wouldn't it be nice to get the items you need for the lowest price possible?

Before making a purchase, use a website like Savelist or camelcamelcamel that alert you when the items you want are on sale.


Shopping online is convenient but there are all sorts of ways to make the process even easier. Be sure to use these 5 tips so that you can get the most out of your online shopping experience.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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