Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Review: Dirt Devil Holiday Buying Guide
As you all know by now, I'm a car-less, stay-at-home mom of two small kids, and I live on the edge of the city. There are tons of grocery stores and restaurants nearby and lots of small boutique shops, but not so many of the larger stores where I can do more serious shopping. This means that I do 90% of my shopping online and am always searching for good online deals.
When I found out about the (also titled the Dirt Devil 2009 guide to Red Hot Online Shopping Shortcuts) today, I wanted to hug it and the person who sent me the info. I clicked on the link, thinking that it would be a typical advertising guide, full of information on sales of products. And there is that element in it- there are sections for Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him and Family Favorites. And I am seriously tempted by some of the vacuums in the gift guide- there's nothing like having two kids 2 and under to suddenly make household cleaning appliances seem like a seriously sexy present :)
But the Gift Guide is SO much more than just an advertising insert- it's 12 pages full of over 300 hints of ways to save with online shopping- shopping for ANYTHING, not just Dirt Devil products. It includes hints on what days to shop online and what sites to try those days. It has places to find promo codes to get further discounts on your online shopping, and sites to get rebates for your purchases. It also has information on Free Shipping Day and free shipping shortcuts for other times. I know shipping costs are often the one drawback of shopping online, so I'm definitely always looking for ways to save on that. There are also links for deal-a-day sites, and shopping locally, and using comparison shopping engines and finding gifts for those hard to shop for people. And that's not all- there are sites for free things to print and sites to save on travel and sites to get other people's opinions about the things you are going to buy.
Seriously, if you have plans to shop online at all this holiday season, please, I beg you, check the out first.