My Favorite Things: Online Home Shopping (besides Target)

Let’s take a break from all this depressing baby/my uterus is broken stuff and talk about something fun. Like shopping.

I know what you’re thinking: there are other stores out there besides Target? The answer is YES, and you can shop at them in your underwear (or no underwear, whatevs, but keep that to yourself).  No, I don’t mean you can walk into these stores in your latest Vicky’s purchase. You can, however, sit in front of your computer in said purchase because all these stores I’m going to tell you about are ONLINE.

I talk about this like online shopping is this innovative thought I just conjured up in this wonderful brain of mine. I’m aware that its been around for a long time. But I have always been a person that likes to walk into a store and browse/just get out of the house for five minutes because my offspring makes me want to throw a dart at someone’s face. Now that we live in the middle of boondock southern-land, stores are far and shopping takes like, all day. Its exhausting and then my dart throwing-inducing toddler doesn’t nap and, oh heck no, that’s not gonna fly.

So in the midst of trying to get new stuff for our new home, I have done ALOT of online shopping. We have made some huge purchases for things I never thought I’d purchase online. And for the most part, everything has turned out amazing and just like it was shown online. No crazy surprises minus the fact that some of this stuff is such a  pain in the ass to put together that you wonder how anyone anywhere hasn’t figured out how to ship sh*t in less pieces. Despite all that, something amazing happens every time we click “complete order”: WE get paid (more on that later though!). Take a look below at some of the awesome things we’ve bought so far from our favorite online retailers.

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Dining table and chairs purchased at wayfair.com

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China cabinet purchased from homeclick.com

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Headboard purchased from wayfair.com

**We also purchased all our office furniture from wayfair.com, but its a mess so you’ll have to wait to see that!**

As you can see, we’ve made some pretty big purchases online and honestly, we got some great deals. But we do so carefully- J and I have a method when we shop online. We usually browse our favorite home shopping sites (see below), find something we love, and then plug the name of that product into Google. A few things come from that Google search: 1. We can see if any other site is offering the same product at a lower price/better deal (like free shipping) and 2. We can look at the reviews for the product. Now, the second thing is HUGE. When you are buying products for your home online (heck, even in the store) whether its a hand mixer or a new dining set, you want to make sure it works and that it is made well. Otherwise, well, you’re screwed, because returning stuff that you bought online is a major pain. So be sure to review the product before you purchase it so you make sure its really what you want. AND check dimensions so that you’re sure it will fit in the space you have!

Also, if you haven’t purchased from a certain site before or its not well known (i.e., you haven’t seen commercials or heard friends talk about it) then do a quick Google search for reviews. This can really help you to decide that the  OMGCHEAP price on that coffee table is not worth the hassle of what others experienced purchasing from them. And FYI, if you have a Google account they do this awesome thing called Google Trusted Stores. Basically, certain stores that meets Google’s criteria for being reliable will have this special stamp on them. When you make your purchase from that site, you will have the option of adding Google Purchase Protection. There is no fee to add this protection and Google will insure that the item you ordered up to $1,000. Click here to read more about Google Trusted Stores and their Purchase Protection.

Now, over the past three months that we’ve been setting up our new home we have found some sites that we just absolutely loved over others for home stuff. Here is a rundown of our top three.

  1. Amazon- Amazon is pretty obvious. Free super saver shipping on select items, pretty decent prices, and wonderful customer service. One of the great things about Amazon is that it is kind of like Google. You can put in the name of the product you’re looking for (like Kitchenaid Stand Mixer) and if Amazon doesn’t carry it directly they will give you the name of the site you can purchase it from (you still purchase it through Amazon, but at least you can see the other sites that may carry the product and the differences in price/shipping).
  2. Homeclick- We came across Homeclick.com when searching for our china cabinet. We found one we loved but the prices were in all different places for different sites. Homeclick offered the best price with free shipping. Since I had never heard of the site I Googled it for reviews, and I found both positives and negatives. In the end, it was a Google Trusted Store so we went with them. Their customer service isn’t great but we got our product in perfect condition and we are really happy with it.
  3. Wayfair- Wayfair is another home stuff site but it is by FAR my favorite. It has so many wonderful things, their prices are very comparable, most things are free shipping, and they do a rewards system so you earn money back with every purchase (roughly 3%). From all the purchases we made online through Wayfair.com we made over $100 back that we used towards other purchases with them. Their customer service is awesome, too. We ordered our dining set from there and although we had some issues with the items not fitting together properly, they sent us out new products for FREE- no questions asked. We were able to get direct lines to the person we were dealing with both via phone and email, so we didn’t have to explain our story to 50 different people everytime we called. We really like Wayfair!

Now, I’m going to tell you our best kept secret, but one we hope you’ll share. For every.single.online purchase we make we go through a site called Ebates.com. Ebates is this awesome site that gives you a percentage back from qualifying stores for every purchase you make online. When I say they give you a percentage back from your purchase, I mean that they literally cut you a check and send it to your house once every few months. We have gotten almost $200 back IN CASH from them. Homeclick, Wayfair, Target, Wal-Mart, and thousands of other stores participate with Ebates.

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Click here to get signed up and started with Ebates.com!

So here’s what you do: Anytime you want to make an online purchase, go to Ebates.com and search for the store you’re buying from. It will drop down with that store and tell you the percentage back they are offering at that time (it changes from time to time- Christmas is usually the highest!). Then you click on the name of the store and it will direct you to that site. Make your purchase and voila! That’s it. Within a few days you will see the purchase on your Ebates account and if you don’t, just give them a call with the record of your purchase and they will add it on for you. In a few months they will email you to tell you they are sending your check and that’s it! Cash in hand!

To sum it up, we really loved online shopping. I didn’t have to drag both my kids (E and J) out to go shopping, I didn’t have to load everything into the car and then into the house, and I was able to shop in my underwear. Winning.

If you have any questions about any of the sites or purchases mentioned above, feel free to comment below or email me.

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