My physical shopping trips usually involve a hefty amount and to-ing and fro-ing the length and breadth of Cardiff's shopping centres which, if you have the time and energy, is a very pleasurable pursuit.
Usually though I've got the Husband and kids in tow and the boys do not do shopping. In fact Ieuan's idea of pergutory is the Pandora shop (which Caitlin and I love) and he'll flounce out and sit like a grumpy pixie on the floor outside the display window.
You don't need that on a Saturday do you? So, particularly where Christmas shopping is concerned, I, like many parents have been doing it mostly online.
Now I'm very fond of saving money and whilst most retailers have a 'sale section', wouldn't it be great to be able to compare those sale bargains side by side online too?
Good news. There is now a new site very similar to Octer which does just that called WozNow (www.woznow.co.uk) and it's updated almost daily with the newest bargains.
WozNow guarantees that all its sale prices are real sale prices and that every product has been previously listed at a higher price on the retailer's website. They are setting themselves apart from "discount retailers" who have never-ending sale prices.
WozNow allows you to search by category (e.g. Women, Men, Kids), department or store and then to drill down further within each of these to find exactly what you're looking for.
You can check size and stock availability without running around from store to store. (I've lost track of the times we've had to hike from one Clarks Shoe Shop to another in the quest for a particular shoe in the kids' size).
So for example, clicking on jeans gives you the choice of skinny fit, straight leg, wide leg, tailored etc. Clicking on Shoes & Boots gives you a choice of Casual Flat, Smart Flat, Heels and so on.
Once you have found your item, clicking on the link takes you direct to the retailer's site which happily opens in a new window so that you can not clicking back and forth on your browser back button.
Then you simply check out via the retailer's site in the normal manner.
WozNow is incredibly easy to use, up-to-date and rather addictive. If there is a downside to it I'd say that it becomes fiddly if you want to use cash back or voucher code sites to save more money.
You would have to make a note of the item and then enter the retailer's site via Topcashback (or whoever) instead.
That said, generally the cash back and voucher offers I have come across are not usually useable on sale stock so this may be a bit of a red herring.
You do have to be quite quick off the mark too as lots of the bargains I had my eye on were already out of stock when I clicked through to the retailer. Those bargains are vanishing as quickly as the site updates! For that reason, avid shoppers should visit the site often.
I'm afraid I did succumb and bought this fluffy faux fur coat from ASOS. You can never have too much faux fur, can you?
|Barney's Originals Ombre Faux Fur Coat From Asos £58 reduced from £95|
I'll be checking back in the lull over Christmas to see what other bargains have appeared. Just think - no endless queuing for the car park, no overheated shops and no stropping from Ieuan outside Pandora.
Much less "Oh what now!!!" and more "WozNow".