If you’re reading this on your computer, as opposed to your smart phone cause you’re hip-like-that, it’s likely that you may also have a browser window open to your favorite online shopping site and gifts galore loaded into that teeny, gracious, virtual shopping cart with some implementation of Super Saver Shipping, BOGO 50%, Gift Card Reward, In-store Pickup, 2 Days Only – Just for You, Blowout Savings!
Show of hands?
While I do enjoy all that in-store shopping offers, this season, that teeny virtual cart had big powers over me. I love it for its convenience, accessibility and for just being there for me. Instantly I’m captivated. I kick off my shoes and turn on Polar Express for the wee one. He is transfixed and I’m off. I jump to the Sears site and realize quickly that I have a multitude of options beyond Craftsman and Kenmore. Options like The Great Indoors and Lands End switch my focus from the husband and wee ones, to moi. Hmmm. “Maybe we can ALL benefit”, I think.
Only problem for me is… there’s no telling when that teeny virtual cart gets too full. When you’re actually at the store, you know you’re nearing your limit through visual cues. For example, you can no longer see in front of you and accidentally nick the heels of random shoppers or navigate into some corner display, taking down some tired employee’s creation. And steering takes on a new form. Nothing says “You’re done, Lady” like a cart with wheels that no longer spin, a 180 degree turning radius and obnoxious fishtail.
But my virtual cart just… kept… filling. And I adored the convenience so. I am rewarded when I type those Promo codes and watch those fees fall. And I’m sure the kids and husband will just love my new Lands End winter boots. Oh, and the cool stuff I got for them too.
How about you? Are you an online or in store shopper? Do you take advantage of layaway programs? I think that’s a must for me next year. Even with the gracious Sears giftcard, and the new friendship with all things virtual, this Momma’s tired. Any tips for me?
This post is inspired by the good grace of Sears, who offered us the splendid exercise of a capturing our holiday shopping experience in exchange for a Sears giftcard.