Is Online Shopping Really Quick

I have been short on time lately trying to juggle tax preparation, my advertising site and my blog, so I thought I’d do my shopping online in order to save a little time.  I knew what I was going to buy and what store I would need to find it.  I went to store #1 and of course they didn’t sell the exact style of jeans that I knew fit my son, so I had to track them down at store #2.  Of course prices were higher and I would have to pay shipping, but at least I didn’t have to make a trip to the store and hunt these particular jeans down in hopes of finding the right size for my son.

After finding the jeans, I figured I’d go ahead and get the socks, underwear and shorts that I needed while I was in the mood to online shop.  I found everything I wanted, loaded it into my shopping cart and then realized I needed to buy another $10 item and I’d get free shipping.  I figured I’d rather get another tee shirt than have to spend money on shipping, so I continued shopping and went to check out the clearance section.  I lucked out and found a great dress shirt for my husband and then I was ready to check out.  I had already spent more time shopping than I had wanted since I was only going for one pair of jeans, and then I figured I’d track down a promo code to use at the checkout.  I tried several codes and of course none of them would work.  Then I decided to just check out and forget the discount and then I realized the shopping cart wasn’t working.  I couldn’t believe it.  I had spent all this time trying to save time by shopping online and then the darn shopping cart wouldn’t let me check out!  I went back to the store several times and finally the cart decided to work.  I was able to purchase my items with free shipping since I spent $75 on my purchases.

Does this ever happen to you?  Do you spend more money than you intend to in order to get free shipping or receive an extra discount off a promo code?  Do you prefer online shopping or would you rather make a trip to the store?

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