Saturday, 18 January 2014 Review

I discovered the joys of online shopping only after I had children.  Specifically while on confinement, that wonderful, yet horrible month immediately after delivery when one is under house arrest to rest and recuperate.  

Now that I'm no longer on confinement, I still like to shop online for certain items.  My main online purchases are children's clothes, toys, books, supplements and toiletries.  I buy these online for two main reasons. First, convenience.  Shopping online means that I can shop in the comfort of my own home, without having to worry about the where to feed the kiddos, or having to find a quiet place for them to nap.  I can also shop in the middle of the night when they are asleep, which is basically when I have some uninterrupted time to myself.  Until someone wakes up looking for me.

The second reason why I like shopping online is that things are so much more expensive in Singapore!  Yes, even after factoring the shipping, many things are still much cheaper when bought online!  Of course, the shipping costs do sometimes mean that the same item costs about the same as they do here, or even more costly, so you still have to be a smart shopper.  Generally, however, things are cheaper when bought online.  Especially when there are sales.

Supplements, for example are sooo much cheaper when bought from online store  I discovered iHerb when chatting with some other mums, and I love it!  The savings are significant, the shipping is fast, reliable and cheap.

For example, one supplement which I buy for the kiddos is Childlife's Echinacea.  When I first started buying this, it was not available in Singapore.  It is now, in one of the large vitamin and supplement chains here.  At the chain, it is selling for S$29.96 (S$23.96 for members).  On iHerb, it goes for US$8.95 (currently on offer at US$6.89, which works out to about S$8.71).  

Significant savings, right?  And its not just for this one product!

And the shipping does not kill either.  To ship to Singapore, we have three choices.  The cheapest is via Singpost.  For a flat fee of US$4, your purchases (up to 10 lbs or 4.5 kg) will be delivered within 4 to 8 working days, with a tracking number.  You can also choose DHL Express for a flat fee of US$8.  This will get you your package within 2 to 4 days, also with tracking number, but is limited to only 8 lbs.  UPS costs US$24, but is good for mega purchases, as the maximum is 150 lbs.

I recently received a package from iHerb.  I had used the Singpost option as it was the cheapest.

Extra space was filled to prevent the contents of the box from sloshing around too much.

Fragile items and spillable items with extra protection.

What's inside the box.

If you are a first time buyer on iHerb, you can get a discount of US$10 for purchases more than US$40, and US$5 if you buy less than US$40 worth simply by using the coupon code LOG568.

So what are you waiting for?  

Disclaimer: if you use the discount code above, I will a small commission on your purchase.  So that's a win-win situation for us both!  

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