Is it cheap to buy online or in a shop? Shop wisely!!!


Shopping could be an addiction for others and buy anything they come across. At times people they don’t check how much they have spent and as a result one ends up just shopping without comparing the prizes. I am interested in shopping but I have always wanted to shop around. It gives me the opportunity to compare prizes hence saving loads of money even it means saving £0.50 or £1.00. Tesco’s motto says: Every little helps.

Recently I visited a hobby craft shop with the intent to buy a certain product I wanted. In the middle of browsing through  I met a lady in the same shop who said it’s much better to buy things from online because it’s reasonably cheap. I did agree with her to some extent but I reserved some of my comments to myself. I had a look on the product I was looking for and I found it in the shop. The prize was £4.49 each and I wanted to buy two but then I decided not to buy and have a look online.

When I went home I dashed on my computer and began online shopping. I browse through the most common online sites the eBay and Amazon looking for the same product that I had seen from my local shop. I found it on Amazon. The prize of the product was £0.0 1 each but the postage cost was £4.50 each.  I calculated the cost of two products and it was almost equal with the prize from the shop. I shop around again and I saw the same product being sold at £2.99 and the postage was free within UK.  I decided to buy it because the prize of two products would cost me £5.98. I would have saved £4.02. So I proceeded with my purchasing and I was almost completing the online purchasing when I noticed that the total amount I should pay was £9.00 instead of £5.98. I wondered why when it was clearing written free to post within UK? I saw that a £4.00 was added as part of pack and a vat. So again it added to £9.98. Then I concluded where to buy.

I thrashed the online purchase and decided to go back to my local shop, and buy the same product and which would be delivered in my hands at the time of purchasing. Unlike online which looked cheap at the cost of product but expensive on posting, pack and vat. I would wait for three  or more days before my product is delivered to me. Online uses a strategy to lure you and believe the prize is cheap and they recover their money by introducing high prizes for posting, pack and vat. If I want to be honest that product would not even cost £4 or more to deliver in UK.  It is very light and it would have cost a £1,00 or less on posting. This is a fact.

My advice is to shop wisely. Always ask is it worth to buy online or rather buy on your local shop if the prize is less than few pence difference. Remember with online you got to wait for some days after you buy unlike in local shops it’s in your hands the moment you purchase. I would buy online when it’s reasonably cheap or the product(s) is rarely found in the local shops.





Child Spacing

Life in Bulawayo ca. 1900

One man who lived in Chegutu, Zimbabwe, he heard people talking of family planning and they emphasised on child spacing.  He thought deeply about it and he realised since he had been married he had six children born one year after another. He still wanted a big family and he enjoyed his role as a father. One morning he woke up and told his wife that he was travelling to Bulawayo to see one of his best mates who he had not seen for ages. The wife battled with the idea and tried to dissuade her husband not to travel and this was going to be their first separation since they have been married for six years.

“Baba, baba” the wife cried bitterly as she held tightly her husband, “please don’t go, I love you and I won’t be able to copy up with the children alone,” she said as she blew her nose on her old white handkerchief. “No, no. I can’t stay here,” the husband said as he pulled his wife’s hands away and transfixed his huge eyes on his wife. “This journey is for your favour, darling. Since we have been married you are breeding children like mice. I don’t like that and I want to give you some rest,” the husband spoke with reassuring tone. I will travel to Bulawayo to do some child spacing. “If it is for some child spacing baba, I will let you go but just remember to write back. She affectionately kissed her husband and bade farewell.  The husband left for Bulawayo.

After nine months gone, the husband wrote his first letter to his wife in Chegutu. Upon receiving the letter, the wife danced with joy that her long gone husband had finally thought of her. With excitement burning in her she gathered all her six children around her and opened the letter so she could share the good news with the children. Carefully she pulled out the letter from the white envelope and smiled as her eyes lay upon her husband’s writing for the first time.

The wife began to read loudly: Dear first lady. Firstly, I would like to apologise that I have taken so long to write to you, darling. I hope this letter will find you well and our children. Secondly, this for you and our children, I would like to inform you that my journey for child spacing was successful as ever, here in Bulawayo. I am grateful to announce that a newly born bouncing baby boy has been added to our family. I am writing while the baby rest peacefully in his mother’s lap whilst my other hand strokes the head of my second beautiful African queen.

It was when she finished reading the wife realised what she had read. She tore the letter and cried bitterly. “To hell with child spacing,” she cursed and promising herself never wants to see this cheating man.