When you’re very busy, for example now when it’s height of summer and we’re all trying to get work done and out of the way so we can watch tennis, or cricket. It’s not easy to try and get everything done absolutely brilliantly. My young neighbour has the right idea. She works more than part time but slightly less than full time. She also has two young children at school and a husband who works in the City – going off at just gone 6am and not retrning until gone 7pm.
The way this family sorts out their priorities is to order literally everything online. They know at the start of the month exactly what they need for gifts, party attendances, sports fees and equipment. Then the list starts to include household shopping. All of it organised via the internet. It has been a complete revolution and a source of relaxation to even the most anxious housewife!
There is something in the air suggesting a bank holiday is creeping upon us again. The shops madly advertising bar-b-que goods and large drinks packs on offer and the larger general stores displaying new garden benches, plants and everything to do with leisure activities. All of them urging us to get out there and do a massive shopping trip, preferably in their direction.
The wise old owls out here though know a thing or two about buying in for the hoildays. On this very comfortable comuter belt estate I live on – most mums and dads go out to work, quite long hours it would seem. So the online shopping theme has really caught on here. Vans laden of all kinds are disgorging all manner of gifts, household articles and of course, the essential family shopping boxes. So to enjoy the bank holiday and weekend leisure time as implored, get the online domestic buying habit!
What my world needs all the time is organisation – be it in the home, in the office, or just getting the stuff to bein either or both of those. Life today is so jolly busy and the family seems to be constantly dashing between one opost or another. There are social clubs to attend, where would the scouts be without all the background work that allows those camps, jumble sales, job week efforts? Then there is the gym. Yes, that word crops up with frequency, not always followed with the same amount of actual attendance it must be said.
For the busiest family though, the revolution has arrived in the same of shopping sites online. There is such an amazing amount of life that can be achieved with some judicious browsing. From the main shop to exsquitely made gifts for the ladies of our life. All at the touch of a keypad.
Now the holiday season is beginning to get a grip on us. The commercial and update tv channels are just full of blissfully happy children and their slightly dazed looking parents all having a truly spiffing time – one ad shows a little sweetipops with a glistening pool entirely to herself. That would be impossible to imagine if she really was on her hols in the regular school holiday period – where are the other 500 other little ones?
The advertising world is so powerful now, it’s hard not to be swayed in a particular direction – but for some of us, with immensly strong will power, there is online shopping. This has been such a boon – dedicated sites available to find every imaginable item needed and me only having to have my list of ‘must haves’ and I’m there browsing in luxury.
These days there are so many families where all the members are out all day – perhaps both parents work up in the City, or if a single parent, they will generally be working nearer the children for simple logistics. Whatever the situation in the family, there is still the need for total organisation when it comes to family purchases. The weekly shunt around the local supermarket is a nightmare – even more so now that they have bargain lanes dotted all over and the sheer number of items is beweldering.
When it comes to getting more interesting items, such as speciality birthday or occasion gifts, time is usually very short. If the buyer is not located near a good shopping mall, then the best policy is to take stock of everything that needs buying in, and engage witha site that is dedicated to all sorts of items – be it the weekly shop, or those special gratitude winning gifts to impress.
You never know where the time goes do you. No sooner have we got over the summer holidays with the twin evils of flying off with family in tow, a week or two in the sun. And the flying back with the family in tow and the suitcase with the wonky wheel, the sunburn etc. etc. Then it’s a quick spend out on Halloween, maybe a load of trick or treat stuff and party gear to be bought. Then along comes the biggie of them all – Christmas. Cries of doom and despondency echo all over the country when the first seasonal jingles come over the shop tannoy.
But hold your horses, no need to panic. Some amazing online shopping sites offer everything available at any time during the year. No tearing about in a last minute flap. That goes for the food and catering side also. Get browsing – save time and patience.
There are just so many things that need doing in any one month. From the end of Christmas and the New Year festivities, there are school holidays to think about – is there enough parental cover in place for the non school days, are there any school trips to be catered for. Is anyone due to go on scout / guide camps etc etc. The list does seem rather overwhelming at times.
Then the present and gift buying operation takes on a life of its own too. Usually planted firmly in the Mum/Wife section of the domestic task allocation. To be sorted out and arranged as if by magic inbetween sourcing school/scout/guide uniforms and equipment lists and endless healthy and nutritious meals. This can be sorted in a jiffy and never be a serious chore ever again if you browse the sites of dedicated shopping reviewers and gift suppliers. Ideas aplenty and all in one place. Brilliant!
As summer hurtles past, school holidays are almost a memory – the activities are certainly, maybe not the as yet unpaid clost of them. So the next onslaught on the domestic budgetary front line is Christmas. However, there are times throughout the year when exactly the right product needs to be obained – be it a special anniversary present, or an occasion present that you hope will eventually turn into a much treasured heirloom. Some of these gifts are of such exceptional importance to the family that just sauntering up and down the local shopping mall, or wending one’s way down the high street is never going to be quite the ticket.
Browsing a site that is totally dedicated to the important business of shopping – for any particular, but often specialist subjects, is exactly what you need to help with this anxiety inducing task. They will always find a solution, for every giftware and household need. Get browsing and stop frowning.
Ah the happy and contented sounds of shopkeepers and their tills jingling in the run up to the Christmas period. In comes the specially sourced stock for filling stockings, pillow cases, entire rooms. There are so many different ways to celebrate this time of year, but for the retail world, nothing sounds sweeter than a constant footfall that results in money changing hands – in the shop’s direction, of course!
However, happy thought that this is, for the shopper it is not quite such a bundle of fun. The endless trips up and down the high street can be very exhausting. The noise of the canned music – familiar old christmassy pop songs that blare out on a constant loop. The old Macawber spirit soon returns just as fast for some. The best and most rewarding way to deal with this onslaught is to avoid it entirely and shop via the excellent choice of online shopping outlets. Gift ideas are never in short supply.
Being in the right place at the right time is so often the adage when it comes to getting exactly the right gift for that special person in your life. When you have scoured your immediate retail park, floating listlessly from one store to another – before the panic sets in and you race around like a thing posessed, and then buy that item that isn’t really what you wanted but you can’t see any thing else.
The best possiible idea is to browse online to get the most out of the expertise that shopping sites can offer. They know the markets off by heart and will know where to source any kind of item, be it personal, household, car related. Their shopping reviews will be able to highlight the pros and cons of your best ideas. Why have the same as everyone else buying on the high street when you can go unique big time?