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10 Online Shopping Sites I Wish I’d Known Earlier

10 Online Shopping Sites I Wish I’d Known Earlier

If you love to shop online, there are some pretty awesome sites out there that you may have never heard of. These are a bit off the beaten path, but you can find great deals on fashions, footwear, and more in these online shopping sites that I know that I, personally, wish I’d heard of ages ago:

1. Shpock

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    Do you love yard sales? If so, you will love Shpock, which is like “having a yard sale in your pocket”. All you have to do is download the app, and post photos of the items you want to sell. Your items will be displayed to others in your area, and you can contact each other to arrange pickups and payments. This is a free app for Apple and Android users.

    2. Shazzy Fitness

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      If you are looking to get into shape, check out these fun new dance fitness DVD’s. These 25-minute dance workouts are for people who don’t have time for the gym, and prefer to exercise to the latest Christian hip-hop tunes. The beginner-level moves are very easy to learn plus the inspirational music is uptempo with beats you can’t help but dance to.

      3. Prizeo

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        There are lots of opportunities. For instance, you may get to have lunch or dinner with a popular celebrity if you win one of the contests hosted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Just recently Zac Efron said that he would be giving away many signed items, including his car, and the opportunity for one lucky fan to be flown to LA to hang out with him in Hollywood.

        4. eShakti

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          This is an amazing website for those who have a hard time getting clothing to fit them just right. Here you will find clothing in sizes  ranging from 0 to 36W, and you can have any item customized to your exact measurements for an additional fee of $7.50.

          5. Depop

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            This is a phone app that self-describes as being “a little shop in your pocket”. Just like Shpock, you can take photos of items you want to sell, and upload them in a few seconds. This app is owned by the creators of Instagram, so you can also follow friends, and see and like their items for sale. There is even a private chat function. This free app is available for iPhone and Android.

            6. Runway Bandits

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              This website is based in Singapore, and offers basic designs in simple costs at awesome low prices. The only drawback is that shipping to the US is $14. It’s totally worth it though, if you’re buying many items.

              7. AuctionmyStuff

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                If you are in the market for antiques, collectibles, and artwork, this is the website for you. You will know the value of the items from the platinum, gold, and silver stickers. There is no charge to list items, but if you sell anything, there is a 10% commission that you are required to pay. Before you can sell items, they must be valued at the sister site, ValueMyStuff.com.

                8. Romwe

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                  Like prints? If you’re looking for the best selection of printed clothing, with everything from ice-cream to kittens to The Simpsons decorating your clothes, you can find it here. And, even better, you can get free shipping anywhere in the world, with no minimum purchase.

                  9. ASOS

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                    This UK based online shopping service has just about any type of clothing item you can think of, and at great prices. Shipping to the US is free, and returns are also free!

                    10. Style Nanda

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                      Find awesome deals on sporty and fashionable items that are fun and feminine on this Korean website. You can also find 20 or so pictures of different models posing in your choices, so you really get a feel for what everything looks like!

                      Featured photo credit: shawn chen via flickr.com

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                      Published on September 17, 2018

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                      With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                      So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                      1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                      It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                      You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                      So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                      2. When you want something big, wait

                      Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                      It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                      We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                      A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                      So, you get the itch.

                      You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                      Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                      Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                      Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                      It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                      The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                      3. Live smaller than you can afford

                      You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                      You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                      That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                      Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                      Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                      The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                      But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                      4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                      Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                      But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                      Create a grocery budget

                      Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                      Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                      I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                      Make a list… and never deviate

                      Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                      You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                      These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                      Eat before going grocery shopping

                      It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                      If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                      After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                      Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                      However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                      This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                      5. Cancel your gym membership

                      Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                      The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                      Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                      I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                      Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                      Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                      For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                      Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                      There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                      It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                      I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                      Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                      The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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