As you can imagine with me as a stay-at-home mom and our family officially a one income household (we appreciate the hard work Dave!), money is tight for home makeovers.
I didn’t let that stop me when I wanted a makeover for my kitchen. It is the one room in the house where we hadn’t changed a thing since moving in. Dave agreed we needed to do something, but painting or redecorating were out of the question. We decided the best approach was to change a few things in the kitchen by buying new bar stools for our counter, a funky wall clock and installing some pendant lights.
I turned my attentions online once again as it really is possible to find whatever you want!
Speciality online stores
As I wanted very different items for the makeover, I decided that buying from speciality stores would be the best option. Dave would have preferred if we bought everything from one online store, but who listens to a man when it comes to makeovers!
Starting with the bar stools, I jumped online and had a good look around. I found that specialty stores that only sell stools are often the best pace to get as much information as you need about the products you are after. Because they are just focused on one thing, I find that they have a lot more knowledge and can give you some great advice.
Next I went on the hunt for a wall clock. Now I was skeptical about this because I wanted a big wall clock and I thought the shipping costs of buying this online might be prohibitive. Turns out that’s not the case. There are plenty of stores that sell large wall clocks that offer free shipping. Go figure!
Lastly was the pendant lights. These were a bit more difficult because I was worried about breakages. In fact, I didn’t event think you could buy them online because surely, the they when handled by all the people required to get them to you. Turns out my fears were unfounded. There are tones of stores selling pendant lighting and shipping is not a problem!
Sourcing the bar stools, wall clock and pendant lights proved very easy and they were delivered within a week. Our kitchen looks amazing!
A few tips for online shopping
As I have been shopping online for a fair amount of time now, I have some advice to make the experience as safe as possible.
1. Only use reputable online stores
Do your research. Make sure the store is reputable and has had an online presence for a number of years.
Read customer reviews and see how they rate the store.
2. Get the contact details for the store
Make sure you have an email address, phone number and physical office address for the store, especially if you are using it for the first time.
3. Check guarantees, billing and delivery before you buy
Dave is a stickler for this, and he always makes sure I double check these, especially if we are using a store for the first time.
4. Only enter your credit card details on secure sites
Sometimes we can get so excited when we find a product we have searched for that we do not check if the site is secure. Never input your credit card details on an unsecure site.
5. Never email your credit card details
If you receive an email asking for credit card details from a site you might have browsed, never, ever send it!
6. Record your purchase details.
This is something I forget to do sometimes. Either print your order, or take down the order number, time and date of purchase and the cost.
Online shopping really is the easiest way to buy any items you might need. Oh and did I mention my kitchen looks amazing!