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Safe Internet Shopping Guide

Internet shopping has come a long way in just a few years, and has had a profound impact on retailing, allowing customers to buy from anywhere in the world at any time. Nothing is beyond reach anymore and internet shopping now brings huge benefits to millions of customers and businesses on a daily basis.

By searching online shoppers can find big savings – much bigger than they would find in normal shops – it really gives the opportunity to ‘shop around’ and look for the best price. It has been estimated that customers are saving between £150 million and £240 million each year due to internet shopping in the UK.

Some customers do have a fear of internet shopping due to security and privacy issues, and these issues can put some customers off altogether. There are risks from using the internet generally, but it is not apparent that such high levels of fear about shopping online are warranted, provided the customer, and the business take sensible precautions. It has been acknowledged that shoppers need more advice about what to look for before they begin their internet shopping.

Businesses now provide security (well they should do if they expect people to shop with them) and a safe website is one that uses special encryptions to prevent hackers using customer’s personal information. To make sure that a website is secure make sure the http:// at the start of the address bar has changed to https:// It is also wise to look for a little padlock which demonstrates that a website is secure.

Another important message for customers is that they should never enter any of their information into pop-up screens, as genuine businesses will not work in this manner. If you install protection software onto your computer it will try and stop pop-up screens for this very reason. On the same note never ever give out your passport or national insurance number – you will or should never be asked for this information when making a purchase.

Credit cards are the best way to shop online as using one ensures that any problem with your purchase should entitle you to get your money back. This is especially true when purchasing flights and concert tickets. As a customer you should ensure that you only deal with reputable retailers – ones that you know of and trust, as there are ‘businesses’ out there whose only ‘business’ is ripping people off. Don’t be scared – just be wary.

Don’t use computers in libraries or places where lots of other people are going to have access to the computer. Internet shopping should ideally be done at home on your own computer. This also means that you won’t spend your time looking over your shoulder, trying to protect your details, and you can even nip to the toilet in the process if need be!

A Discount Shopping Guide

Leading a frugal life here in New York City, I’ve learned how to best maximize my hard earned dollars while using my acquired skills in discount shopping. A lot of friends, mostly women, and other caring acquaintances have shared me some wonderful tips on where to do discount shopping here in NYC. As such, I suggest you ask first the locals where they do their shopping here, before you venture into your own. You will have more savings (and more cash to spend on your other activities, of which NYC has a lot to offer).

There’s still no WALMART anywhere in the city, but if you need to get into one, just CROSS THE RIVER TO GET TO NEW JERSEY, where a few branches can be found. However, there are at least 2 big COSTCO stores located in NYC, where you find some interesting items to meet your discount shopping needs.

“99 Cents Stores & the BODEGA”
We start with “99cents store,” which any shopper in the city may have been into at least once. Most are run by Asians, (primarily Koreans, Chinese), Hispanics, Eastern Europeans, and Middle Eastern people. Some friends have told me that 99 cents stores in other states have more variety, though. Almost every neighborhood in NYC has a 99-cent store found in it, that is almost always near the residential buildings where people live. Try to hold on to your dollar for anything that you think you need; check out first the prices from these discount stores just for comparison. Chances are, you’ll get a better deal. The most prominent among these 99-cent stores is “Jack’s 99 Cent Store,” that has at least 3 branches in Manhattan (as far as I have checked out). It even has a store in a building that has at least 3 floors somewhere along 32nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, close to the Penn Station, and that’s less than 2 blocks away from the original store of Macy’s (where, as you may have known, you see goods sold, most times, at more regular prices). You will be surprised at the variety of merchandise found here.

You will also see many stores that are called “Bodega” (Warehouse) by Hispanics, somewhere in neighborhoods like Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and certain neighborhoods in the Bronx. It’s important to check out first the prices, particularly for staples, as some of them are known to have less than competitive prices.

“CHINATOWN STALLS”
Or you may want to venture in the many stores found in Chinatown, which some locals here refer to those neighborhoods located in each of those communities largely lived in by Asians (Chinese-descent, surely) in the five boroughs. There’s a big Chinatown in Manhattan, as well as in Queens (Flushing, which is much bigger than the one in Manhattan), which are the best known neighborhoods for discount shopping. Although, I am getting to start to believe that the one in Flushing seems to offer more variety in the offerings found in its stores. In both neighborhoods, you will discover that there is a veritable array of retail stores offering practically anything you need, such that you will be dumbfounded by the choices. Prices, of most items found here, are just very affordable.

“UP-SCALE DISCOUNT STORES”
We also have the discount stores being maintained for the so-called upper scale shoppers who prefer mostly branded goods and items. They include Century 21, Syms, Loehmann’s, DSW, Telco Discount Stores, Filene’s Basement, TJ Maxx, Kmart, Lord and Taylor, Daffy’s, and even Barney’s (where you see heavily discounted designer goods in its warehouse store somewhere in Chelsea). Check online their locations and offerings before you go shopping, as you may have better deals in some locations. As much as possible, do your shopping on weekdays, if you have the time, as these stores are loaded with people during weekends (depending, on the season, or ongoing events offered by each store).

“THRIFT STORE SHOPPING”
You may also go thrift store shopping in the city. Leading the pack among these stores in this category is Housing Works. It is run mainly by volunteers, and contributes its earnings to AIDs related causes and projects. Check its website, and you’d be bowled over by the number of locations it has all over NYC. You would note that prices of previously-owned (or simply “second-hand”) goods here may be pricier than those found in Salvation Army or Goodwill Thrift stores (they are also found in many locations in NYC). They even have brand new items from known designers (presumably donated here to gain some tax benefits). There are other smaller thrift stores that dot the city map, which include City Opera Thrift Shop, Angel Street Thrift Shop, Vintage Thrift Shop, Beacon’s Closet, among others. These names would usually be suggested by others about discount shopping.

Most of the more prominent stores cited above have websites where you can actually do some shopping, or even participate in a bidding for items you’d love to have. Again, check out other sites online where reviews are made and contributed by people who have been to these stores. Depending on the items that you need, almost all of the stores mentioned carry a variety of stuff being retailed at least by 25% discount. You will just have to endure being with crowds as most stores are packed (by both people and goods). Also, you will seldom see a store in NYC that does not maximize the use of its available space. Inventory of goods may be seen practically stocked everywhere (often times visible to shoppers). Decide on buying now, as chances are, the next time you show up, these goods won’t be around anymore (turnover is usually fast, seemingly, or goods will have to be brought to other stores and locations, or even sold to other smaller discount stores for resale). NYC’s discount shopping experience has always been known to be far from boring. It always promises to be fabulous, and can actually be affordable (i.e. relatively, given the high costs of living in this city).

Shopping Guides

One of the things you need to do regularly when you are using maid services to help you is creating shopping lists for the maid. Maids can handle shopping and cooking tasks superbly well as long as you let them know exactly what kind of dishes or groceries you want. To be able to enjoy superb results at all times, you can follow these simple steps of creating the right shopping list to guide your maid on duty.

Start with the list of dishes you want your maid to cook. You can go online and find delicious dishes or simply consult your maid and let her recommend you some of the most delicious dishes she can cook for you. Knowing the kind of dishes you want, you can start listing required ingredients that need to be bought. Don’t forget to set the right quantity of items to buy too. In most cases, your maid can help you make a shopping list for you as long as you tell them what to cook.

Add needed groceries to the list. You may need a bottle of shampoo or other daily stuffs; putting those items on the list can be quite beneficial because you wouldn’t have to worry about not having enough time — or strength — after work to go to the grocery store and get them. It would be best to let your maid shop for you every couple of days so that ingredients and groceries purchased will still be fresh when you use them.

If you are getting a maid service with catering packages, all you need to worry about is checking the list of available dishes on the maid service’s menu. You can still ask your maid to pick up groceries, but you wouldn’t have to worry about getting ingredients for cooking. It would also be best to take your time and check the prices of items you are getting every once in a while; doing some shopping of your own can be quite amusing too, so try it out sometime. You now have everything you need to make a good shopping list for your maid.

An Easy Shopping Guide For Plus Size Swimwear

When shopping for plus size swimsuits, it’s so easy to get discouraged. A lot f the time, it can seem like the only swimsuits anyone is selling in your size are the horrible tent type swimsuits. You know for a fact that any woman who is at all interested in her sex appeal does not want to wear the “tent” style swimsuit, especially if sexiness is what she is looking for in a swimsuit. The hope is that there are plus size swimsuits out there which will make any curvier lady look and feel fabulous, as curvy girls can be just as sexy and alluring as any woman. The problem however, is that buying plus size swimwear is not necessarily the easiest thing in the world. Well, the problem’s now solved! The guide below is going to go a long way to making it easy and pleasurable to find affordable plus size swimwear.

You have a lot of options open to you when you go to purchase plus size swimwear. In the first instance, visiting a brick and mortar store is the most obvious solution to your predicament. However, if you live in a smaller town and have limited access to the latest styles, it may be difficult to find what you are looking in clothing for full figured women. Even if you live in a larger town or city, larger sized clothing and especially swimwear can sometimes still be difficult to find. If the brick and mortar stores do not meet your needs, you can always try mail order or catalogs to buy your swimwear. The advantage here is that you have the opportunity to the newest styles available on the racks as well as lots of styles that are not yet available in the stores. The disadvantage here is that while there are now many good quality, reputable plus size fashion retailers, not all of them offer mail order services and you could be potentially missing out on a huge chunk of the market.

When shopping for plus size swimwear, you should consider shopping online. Online, there is huge range of retailers which cater specifically to full figured women. A lot of these retailers have no physical presence and can therefore pass on this considerable saving to you, the customer. Also, because most online retailers have no physical storefront, they have no space restrictions and tend to hold a lot more styles in stock than brick and mortar stores.

So which styles do you go for? Well for full figured women, the ‘boy short’ styles, tankini suits and the faithful one-piece suit are the most popular styles. While these bathing suits are just as attractive on all women, they are particularly well suited to curvier women because they make their problems areas much less obvious. The ‘boy short’ styles, for instance and great for disguising thighs and tankinis are great for making that muffin top much less obvious. The ‘never fail ‘ piece of swimwear which every curvy woman should own is the one-piece bathing suit, which allows any plus size woman to hide her not so desirable bits and look fabulous when visiting a crowded beach. Pair this particular piece of plus size swimwear with a gorgeous sarong and you’re ready for any pool party!

Your Online Shopping Guide

Computers have come a long way since the early days. Now, with secure methods to transact business, online shopping has become a popular trend among today’s consumers. Online shopping is a great way to shop, as you can do it in the comfort of your own home without having to venture out to the mall. It’s convenient, you can find novelty items that wouldn’t be available in a store, and you can have items delivered right to your door. With so many perks, it’s no wonder online shopping is the fashionable way to shop. However, there are some important concepts to keep in mind before whipping out your credit card.

Tip #1: Play It Safe
The most important tip to remember when online shopping is to always keep safety in mind. If a website requires you to put in any of your personal passwords, asks for personal information that wouldn’t be needed for a sale, or just seems suspicious, steer clear! Some websites are recognized safe zones, while others have a more seedy reputation. Check the website for the Better Business Bureau to find information and reviews about the website you have selected. Remember, never give out your passwords or other sensitive information!

Tip #2: Check Policies
Another important tip is to check the policies of the website at which you are shopping. Look for answers to questions about the cost of shipping, return policies, samples, and anything else on your mind. Check closely for any hidden clauses to avoid hassle later if you don’t like an item or it doesn’t match what you had in mind. Be aware of any extra fees the company may charge for an online transaction.

Tip #3: Verify, verify
Double check the pricing on an item before you order it. Check your totals on the website and then check your credit card history or other payment history to verify the purchase price. When you receive the article, verify that it is the correct item and that it works correctly. Doing this now can help you avoid problems later.

Tip #4: Leave A Review
If you received good service and a good product, consider leaving a favorable review for the company. Similarly, if you had any problems ordering from the company, if the service was shoddy, or if the item you ordered was not correct, it’s important to leave a poor review so other customers will know what to expect. Doing this is a thoughtful way to give back to the online shopping community, and hopefully others will do the same for you!