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Starting with Janmashtami and progressing to Ganesh Chaturti, Navratri and Diwali, and Karthigai, the months of September to November are defined by a lot of shopping in our family, thanks to the festival season and numerous birthdays at home. We try and cover Navratri and Diwali, and for the more fashion conscious, New Year’s Eve as well. Then, as I said, birthdays abound. So rather than run out and shop for each occasion, some wise person in the family decreed, years ago, that we shall try and finish the bulk of our browsing and buying between September and October. Probably to commemorate my birthday as well, who knows! Be that as it may, it has proved to be a good, and wise idea. And so, what with a welcome birth as well in the family this September, we are all in a great mood to shop. I’ve always wondered why,…

I enjoy shopping. My folks love to tease me about how I spend more time chatting up the shopkeepers and window-shopping rather than actually purchasing. It drives them crazy, when they accompany me. By the time we’re through with the first hour, they have a hunted glazed look in their eyes, never sure how much longer it is going to take. Mind you, I always step out with a list. And it is this list that lulls them into a false sense of hope and makes them assume that this time is going to be different. Unfortunately, we live in one of the most preferred shopping areas of our city and I swear you can’t reach your first destination without wanting to stop at ten other unplanned ones on the way. It is tempting. It is distracting. It is time-consuming. And you know that these days if there is one…

One of the things I love about the internet is online shopping. Good old Retail Therapy.  While I definitely enjoy walking into a store and checking out stuff, I find it very gratifying that there are brands that offer a fantastic online shopping experience. Nothing beats putting up one’s feet, powering up the PC and shopping online – without the hassle of the commute. One of them is Myntra.com – a website with headquarters in Bangalore, and founded in 2007 by a group of IIT and IIM graduates. They have a very buyable range of products. And because I enjoy giving birthday gifts, this is my gift to Myntra – they just turned 6 on Feb 16. They have been literally showering me with coupons and deals since the last three months and I thought – the least I could do is blow their trumpet. Happy birthday, Myntra.com! “Myntra.com is…

Last week I went a little crazy trying to find a book for Vidur, for his birthday and after some tiring legwork, decided to save me some time, commute and effort by browsing online. And yes, I found the book. Full credit this time to a fabulous coupon site – CupoNation I am so excited about the concept. Do you shop online? I do. And I love it. I am surprised that even today, there are lots of people who are wary of transacting online.  Years ago, I was always finding ways to be frugal as we had housing loan payments, a growing baby and heavy healthcare expenses to tackle on one income.  I used to cut out special offers and coupons from the newspaper if they related with something our family needed. My first online shopping experienceAs I basked in the happiness of finding the precise book Vidur wanted,…

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