Guest Author - Kris Bigalk
As I mentioned in a previous article, shopping online can make life with young twins a lot easier. You don't have to peel them off the floor when you want to leave a store, you don't get pressured to buy candy or toys to stop a tantrum, and, best of all, you can have more time to play with and enjoy your kids! Here are some sites that not only make life with twins easier, they get you more for your money.
Free registration and access to all areas of the site make this one a great deal. This site includes resources for all moms, but it also includes an online shopping area where you can earn points for each purchase. Since many of us purchase two of everything, points rack up fast. You can also register your credit cards, so that many purchases you make "out and about" count towards your point total as well. Big purchases mean big rewards--for example, last year when I bought my minivan, I earned enough points to buy a $200 Merry Maids gift certificate. The rewards you can earn are as diverse as the products you can buy; check it out (see link at the end of the article)!
My Kid's Closet
This site is great if you like to "thrift shop". Registration to buy items is free. If you wish to sell some of that stuff you have piled up, you pay a small commission to post an ad. Garage sales and other thrift stores usually require you to dig through piles of clothes and equipment, all while trying to keep an eye on at least two children. This online option makes it easy to find what you want, post a "wanted" ad, and get rid of old stuff you don't need anymore (see link at the end of the article).
Of course, what self-respecting online shopper wouldn't mention E-bay? You can buy and sell almost anything in the world on this site. You can also avoid the hassle of packing up stuff and shipping it if you check out your local "drop shop"--a type of business that has popped up in many cities. These "drop shops" will take your items, market them on E-bay, and then give you a percentage of the proceeds, keeping a percentage for themselves, too. If you want to get rid of stuff and just can't seem to figure out how to find the time to be the best e-bayer you can be, the drop shop might be a good alternative. For details, check out the biggest franchise of drop shops, iSOLD It (link at the end of article).
When shopping online, it's important to be careful. Only shop on secure sites (look for the padlock in the lower right corner of your browser, and make sure it's locked!). Use Paypal, money orders, or another secure way of paying for your items. Check out the seller's reputation and complaints, especially on E-bayl, and only buy from reputable people. Also make sure you know about the returns policy, in case something comes and doesn't fit, etc.