Skip the Store: 9 Things Always to Buy Online

Online shopping is the way of the world. It's quick, convenient, and you never have to leave the comfort of your couch. While we love to shop small and support our local businesses, some items—from big-budget buys to daily recurring purchases—just make more sense to buy online. Check our list to see when it makes the most sense to click and buy.


Buying Mattress Online

Buying a new mattress in a typical big-box store is a hassle. Pushy salespeople and sky-high delivery fees are part of the problem. But the worst part? Not knowing if that mattress you tested for two minutes in-store will deliver comfort night after night. In recent years online brands have popped up to address these consumer concerns. One such brand is Cocoon by Sealy; the mattress arrives to your door (no shipping fees!) in a small easy-to-move box and expands when you take it out. You'll have 100 nights to decide if you love your new mattress, and if you don't you can return it for free. The process is so easy that once you buy a mattress online, you may never want to go back into a mattress store again. Available on; from $399.

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Buying Diapers Online

Diapers are an obvious necessity for anyone with a baby or toddler, but this basic good really adds up—fast. It may be best to buy them in bulk online. Many times you can get them at a lower price than your local store, and some websites have subscription programs that offer additional discounts and deliver the diapers to your doorstep on a regular schedule, meaning you’ll never have to worry about being left empty-handed during a late-night change. Available on Amazon; $32.67 with subscription, $34.39 one-time purchase.

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Coffee Pods

Buying K-Cups Online

Single-cup coffee brewers have revolutionized morning routines, but as quick and convenient as they are, the pods they transform into your morning cuppa can be costly. For serious savings, you might want to opt for purchasing pods online rather in the grocery store. You get more bang for your buck and you have more flavor and brand options to choose from. Available on Amazon; $25.90 for 40.

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Buying Laptop Online

There are a plethora of options out there if you’re looking for a laptop, and that variety is exactly what makes the prospect of buying a new machine so overwhelming. To ensure you get what you need, consider buying your next laptop online. You’ll be able to compare different models and brands at the same time—a luxury you may not be afforded in stores where stocks and brands are limited. Plus, some online sellers have deals on refurbished laptops, which are sold at lower prices than those you'll find new in stores. Available on Amazon; prices vary.

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Buying Luggage Online

If you’re in need of new luggage, skip the stores and open your browser. Not only do most online retailers have more variety than brick and mortar stores, but they may also include reviews from real customers, the reading of which could help you make an informed decision. Plus, when you buy online you won’t have to clean out your car trunk in a packed parking lot to squeeze in a newly purchased full luggage set. Available on Amazon; $93.99 for 3-piece luggage set from Merax. 

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Pet Food

Buying Pet Food Online

Owning a pet really is like having another member of the family. Just as you strive to deliver high-quality meals to your family, you also want to ensure your furry friend is getting the nutrients it needs to thrive. That's why you might want to consider purchasing your pet's food online. On the web, you can find organic or specialized food that will benefit pets with different dietary needs or tastes and in any particular stage of life. On top of that, buying online means you have one less thing to add to grocery list each week. For forgetful shoppers, Amazon even offers a subscription service, so pet food arrives at your door on a regular schedule. Available on Amazon; prices vary. 

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Phone Chargers

Buying Phone Chargers Online

Phone chargers are one of those items it just makes sense to buy in multiples, so you have them wherever you need them—in the car, bedroom, office, and guest room. While you can buy spares in any phone or electronics store, you may pay $20 and up per cord! Shop online, though, and you can find phone chargers in various lengths and colors at much lower prices. These chargers work just as well as the name brands and you won't be out a ton of cash if they get lost or break. Available on Amazon; $7.99.

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Instant Film

Buying Polaroid Film Online

While they certainly aren’t new, instant cameras have become a popular trend in recent years. But these old-school cameras need film. Many stores carry instant photo film, but one box can run you a dollar per photo sheet or more. Online, you can purchase multi-packs for a much better price. You won’t have to worry about capturing the perfect moment, you’ll be able to capture them all. Available on Amazon; $34.99 for value pack. 

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Buying Textbooks Online

Going off to college already includes many, many expenses. But on top of the tuition, room and board, and dorm accessories, are textbooks. Assuming you want to receive a degree at the end of college, books aren’t something you can skip out on. The best deals—whether you are buying new, reused, or renting—are found online. There are many websites that specialize in finding students the best deals, so you don’t have to break the piggy bank. And if you do rent your books, most websites will make it quick and easy to return titles in the mail. Available on Amazon; prices vary.

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