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Hello UTC!

I’m here to bring some relief to your empty recession pockets. I’ll be bringing you some tips and ideas that will help you get the most bang for your bucks.

This week, let’s explore the wonders of the internet. I’ve been an internet shopper for at least the last 6 years and have had great success with it. Now, for those of you who are old school and don’t like to shop on the internet, you’re missing a huge opportunity to save money and get some great deals. A lot of companies offer extra incentives for shopping online, like an extra percentage off that they’re not giving inside stores or certain styles that are only available online. You even get advance notice of sales and online coupons. If you’re concerned with the identity theft issues, just make sure the site is secured and of course make sure that your computer security is up to par. To be honest, these days your identity could as easily be stolen walking into the store as it could be on the internet.

I’ll admit it does take a few tries to get it right with internet shopping. When it comes to sizes and fits, I suggest that you read the site descriptions well because nine out of then times, they are on point. Also, most companies have great return policies and free shipping. If you are shopping on a chain stores website, such as www.nordstrom.com, you can simply walk into the store and make your returns, no questions asked. I have even done grocery shopping online and I love it when they deliver right to my door!

Need another great incentive? When it comes to comparison shopping, you cannot beat the internet. You have thousands of stores at your fingertips and you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas! Gotta love it…

My featured site recommendation to get your deal on is The HauteLook. It is a great sight for designer goods. You sign up and they have daily sales that they alert you to for different designers. You can save up to 75% for some designers! You have a limited time to buy, so make sure to check you email for alerts. This site will also give you a look into designers that you may never have heard of. So you shop a little, you learn a little. What a concept.

So, the next time you are looking for deal, just turn on your computer ya’ll!

Here’s wishing you great fortune.

Until next time, don’t forget to LIVE A LITTLE and GET A LOT!

Tilane Jones is a long-time practitioner of retail therapy. As an administrator for a top marketing company, she can hunt and negotiate a bargain like nobody’s business. Miss Jones shares her top-notch tips for looking & feeling fabulous on less money exclusively with Urban Thought Collective.


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August 1st, 2008 at 11:59 pm SweetSis says:

SweetSis Doesn’t Miss!

August 2nd, 2008 at 12:03 am SweetSis says:

Welcome Tilane! Cool advice

August 2nd, 2008 at 12:47 am kamalp says:

Heeeellloooooo Miss Jones!

August 2nd, 2008 at 1:34 am Binta Rohan says:

I stay online! I did all my Christmas shopping online last year. I’m never going back to the rat race of the mall eva again.

August 2nd, 2008 at 8:25 am Destah Owens says:

retail therapy…i like that

August 2nd, 2008 at 10:21 am Tawnie says:

Oh I’m gonna like this column girl. Welcome!

August 2nd, 2008 at 10:49 am molasses says:

LOVE it! good stuff! We all need some retail therapy!

Nice meeting you…

and don’t tell me we’re family…we’ll have to sit ‘n chat or hit up a thrift shop time.

blessings!
molasses jones

August 2nd, 2008 at 9:02 pm Genevia says:

Welcome to the UTC Family.

I look forward to reading more great shopping tips.

Please visit my blog on UTC “Only Money”…

Continued success!

August 2nd, 2008 at 11:13 pm UncleD says:

Welcome Tilane. I don’t know if this is up my alley but I do know that I love how UTC is expanding to having something for everyone.

August 3rd, 2008 at 12:42 am MissReina says:

I will check out that website. Welcome from me too :)

August 3rd, 2008 at 8:42 am Najee Ali says:

Welcome Tilane!Good post/Info

August 3rd, 2008 at 11:45 am jacob bee says:

yep i’m already on the online tip. i’ll be damned going to the mall.

August 3rd, 2008 at 2:21 pm Chatty Cathy says:

The Haute Look is a good referral. Thanks!

August 3rd, 2008 at 3:03 pm Vincent Slaughter says:

Uh Oh! They done let my girl loose on the world. Great post. I’ve been shopping online for a minute. Great bargains and more products to choose from.

August 3rd, 2008 at 5:58 pm Ed80 says:

lol @ kamalp, you stole my line.

August 4th, 2008 at 9:14 am Jane Kennedy says:

Welcome!! And i LOOOOOVE everything about a deal online, I tried it a couple times and I’m like hooked now! So thank you so much - and I will check out this haute one it looks right up my alley!

August 4th, 2008 at 10:21 am culturepop says:

My daughter is gonna love this!

August 4th, 2008 at 1:54 pm Nu yawk says:

as if the ladies need MORE places to spend mah money! ha ha ha

August 4th, 2008 at 2:47 pm buttabrown says:

Cute! Logging in to that site now!

August 4th, 2008 at 5:06 pm Edwardo Jackson says:

Seattle in the house!!! Way to represent The 206 with beauty, style, and frugality.

EJ

August 4th, 2008 at 5:46 pm Jenafa Duvall says:

nice. i was afraid i wouldn’t be able to still be fresh da death what with putting just about all i got into the gas tank!

August 4th, 2008 at 6:46 pm Tilane Jones says:

Thanks for the warm welcome UTC family!! Also thank you fellow bloggers for your support! Appreciate it!

August 4th, 2008 at 7:01 pm heatmizer says:

we make it to spend it!

August 5th, 2008 at 10:43 am LizzieLiz says:

I prefer to GEt a little and LIVE a lot. Word! Love you Tilane!

August 21st, 2008 at 1:52 pm Torian Salary says:

Good Job T, I didnt know you was writing… you hid that talent from me…. Glad to have you on! Look forward to hearing more!

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