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How to Start An Online Clothing Resale Shop

We are all looking for ways to earn more money. This is an option for people looking to earn money from home. Starting an online clothing resale shop can be challenging at first, but it will become easier with time. An online clothing resale shop can also be very profitable.

Instructions

  1. Begin by cleaning out your closet to see what you no longer need. This will be the most profitable items, because you do not have to purchase them.
  2. Shop yard sales close to time when they would end the sales. Most people will be getting rid of there clothing by selling them at a large discount, or donating them. Ask if you can by the clothing for one bulk price.
  3. Ask friends and family if they may have clothing they are wanting to get rid of. Most of them will not mind giving them to you. If they want a portion of the earnings offer them a small percentage.
  4. Track all of them purchases you make, and the percentage you have offered the friends or family. This will give you your expenses, and show what you need to make to profit.
  5. Set the price based on the above step, as well as the name brand and quality of the item.
  6. Take quality pictures of the items. Write down the sizes, name brand, description, and measurements if required. You should be as descriptive as possible with these.
  7. Organize a place to store the items. This place should be clean. You do not want odors to get on the clothing.
  8. Set up a personal website or list the items on an auction site. The auctions sites may be easier in the beginning, but you will want to expand after you see how profitable it may be.
  9. Track all of your sales. You want to begin to see a trend on what sells better, and what may not be worth the time. It is also beneficial to see your profit or loss in your business.

Grocery Shopping Secrets: Tips to Save $$

You can skip coupons and still save money at the grocery.

With food prices rising, most everyone wants to find ways to reduce their grocery bills. But not everyone wants to spend hours and hours clipping coupons or scouring grocery aisles only to realize a few dollars of savings.

You don’t have to. This simple guide will help you save big at the grocery store without too much work.

First and foremost, create a budget — a maximum amount you’re allowed to spend at the store. “Just having a plan can save you hard-earned money,” said Jane DeLaney, president and founder of eMeals, based in Birmingham, Alabama. A great way to make sure you stick to the budget once it’s made? Pay with cash, instead of credit, said Kevin Gallegos, vice president of Phoenix operations for Freedom Financial Network. “If you use a credit card and cannot pay off the balance in full each month, you run the risk of paying up to 15 percent interest on your grocery purchases.”

Second, use helpful tools, like a written shopping list or a shopping app on your phone, to plan what to buy, so that you don’t buy unnecessary things, said Jodie Fitz, creator of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club based in Albany, New York. Useful grocery shopping apps include Grocery IQ and Grocery Pal, both of which help you create grocery lists and find relevant coupons (no clipping required!).

Educate Yourself on Pricing


Build weekly meals around sales items. (photo: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Browse through the sales fliers and base your weekly meals on the bargains offered there. “For example, if skinless, boneless chicken is on sale for $1.99 a pound, it’s going to be in my recipe mix for the week,” Fitz said. “And I’m going to purchase extra, cut it, pound it, wrap it and freeze it for the future for when it’s not on sale.”

Also, learn the prices of items that you purchase frequently so you’ll know a good deal when you see it, especially unadvertised specials, DeLaney said. In fact, make sure the packages you are buying are a good price. “Pay attention to unit pricing,” Gallegos advised. “Ounce-for-ounce, bigger packages often provide the most value for your dollar, but not always. Check the unit pricing displayed on tags on store shelves. Midsize packages sometimes will be the best purchases.” Use the Apples 2 Oranges app to help you compare unit pricing.

Trade Convenience for Savings


Buying in bulk can add to your savings. (photo: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Another way to cut costs is to do more prep work at home. “For food items, remember that the convenience of bagged lettuce, precut fruit and veggies, and shredded cheese comes with a higher cost,” Gallegos said. “It only takes a few extra minutes to rinse lettuce and tear it by hand or to shred a block of cheese.” He also recommended skipping the more expensive single-serving packages in favor of larger sizes. Just dole it out into smaller portions in sandwich bags or small containers, he said.

Along these same lines, shopping the bulk bins can build up savings, too. “Many times, it’s cheaper to stock up on items like nuts and dried fruits from the bulk bins rather than using prepackaged products,” DeLaney said. “Sacrifice an ounce of convenience, and watch the savings add up.”

Bottled drinks are another item that can drain your grocery budget. “For juices, lemonades and sodas, remember that their plastic packaging adds to the cost,” Gallegos said. “Instead, think about buying powdered mixes and making your own at home.” Better yet: Just drink tap water.

Shop Seasonal


Seasonal, fresh produce equals great savings. (photo: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

For savings on fruit and vegetables, DeLaney suggested shopping for produce that is in season, especially at the farmers market. (The app Locavore can help you determine what’s in season in your area.) “Many times you’ll find fresher foods and lower prices at your local farmers market — and occasionally you can negotiate the price down just by asking,” she said. Purchasing frozen or canned produce can also result in savings, DeLaney stated.

With all produce, make the most of your purchase. “Do your best not to waste produce you do buy,” DeLaney said. “If you notice the bananas are rotting, put them in the fridge and make banana bread, or freeze other things to make juices or smoothies later.”

How to Use Excel to Make Menus & Shopping Lists

Microsoft Excel is a versatile tool that applies to a wide range

How to Use Excel to Make Menus & Shopping Lists

of tasks. While the program is often associated with financial applications and mathematical formulas, its basic columnar format also extends to many other projects. Shopping lists are particularly easy to accomplish with Excel. Often for personal use, a shopping list does not require fancy formatting and is thus created quickly. Restaurant menus are a creative use of the program. The many built-in graphic formatting options in Excel can render beautiful menus for any occasion. Plan your next party or meal from start to finish using Excel.

Shopping List

  1. Open Excel.
  2. Choose any column in the blank default document for your shopping list.
  3. Single-click the first cell in the column. It will become highlighted with a black border.
  4. Type in the first item in your shopping list and press “Enter.” The mouse cursor automatically moves to the next cell beneath.
  5. Type in the next item and press “Enter.” Proceed to enter as many items as you wish. Excel keeps them easily in a vertical column for easy printing.

Menu

  1. Visit the official Microsoft Templates website at office.Microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC102104841033.aspx?pid=CT102530571033.
  2. Type “menu” in the Templates search box at the top of the Web page and press the Search button. A list of pre-formatted Excel templates will appear for creating a variety of menus in many styles.
  3. Choose a style that suits your restaurant or event. Click on a menu template that interests you. A larger image of the template design will appear for further inspection.
  4. Click the Download button to acquire the template. Microsoft Excel templates are free. The template will begin downloading.
  5. Open the Excel template after it has downloaded. The pre-formatted menu will appear. Replace the menu details with your own meal items.

How to Plan Monthly Food Shopping

Planning monthly food shopping is a great way to get organized and save money at the same time. With a little organization, you can cut your grocery bill in half. Being able to view everything on paper will help you create a menu within a budget. Planning meals according to what is on sale will reduce your monthly grocery bill significantly. By checking your pantry before you leave the house, you will reduce unnecessary purchases.

Instructions

  1. Before you can plan monthly food shopping, you need to know what you need. Sit down with a monthly calendar and plan a menu. Be sure to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages and snacks. Plan for date nights, leftover meals, play dates, entertaining and special food for school and work.
  2. Gather recipes for each meal on the menu and create a list of everything you need. Compare this master shopping list with what is in your pantry. As an item is found, cross it off the list. Once finished, a shopping list for your monthly menu will be complete.
  3. Now that you know what you plan to purchase, organize your coupons to save money. Sort through your coupons to find items on the shopping list. Go online and print coupons you can use. Visit company websites and look for printable coupons for the foods on your list.
  4. Compare your shopping list to grocery store sales fliers. Future fliers can be found online at sites like Hot Coupon World. Write sale dates and the store name next to each item. Create a new list for each store by date. When finished, the shopping list should be divided by store and date of the sale.
  5. Compare the sale dates to the monthly menu. Check to be sure items can be purchased on sale for the week they are on the menu. Adjust the menu so that sales can be taken advantage of.

How to Plan Monthly Food Shopping

Planning groceries for the month will reduce your food expenses.

Planning monthly food shopping is a great way to get organized and save money at the same time. With a little organization, you can cut your grocery bill in half. Being able to view everything on paper will help you create a menu within a budget. Planning meals according to what is on sale will reduce your monthly grocery bill significantly. By checking your pantry before you leave the house, you will reduce unnecessary purchases.

Instructions

  1. Before you can plan monthly food shopping, you need to know what you need. Sit down with a monthly calendar and plan a menu. Be sure to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages and snacks. Plan for date nights, leftover meals, play dates, entertaining and special food for school and work.
  2. Gather recipes for each meal on the menu and create a list of everything you need. Compare this master shopping list with what is in your pantry. As an item is found, cross it off the list. Once finished, a shopping list for your monthly menu will be complete.
  3. Now that you know what you plan to purchase, organize your coupons to save money. Sort through your coupons to find items on the shopping list. Go online and print coupons you can use. Visit company websites and look for printable coupons for the foods on your list.
  4. Compare your shopping list to grocery store sales fliers. Future fliers can be found online at sites like Hot Coupon World. Write sale dates and the store name next to each item. Create a new list for each store by date. When finished, the shopping list should be divided by store and date of the sale.
  5. Compare the sale dates to the monthly menu. Check to be sure items can be purchased on sale for the week they are on the menu. Adjust the menu so that sales can be taken advantage of.

How Does Online Grocery Shopping Work?

Creating the Website

  • The most important part of online grocery shopping is the website itself. The website should have a complete list of groceries that are able to be delivered as well as the prices for each item. This website should then have a “shopping cart” where a user can add items to a list of things to be ordered, as well as view and edit items that she is planning to purchase. Finally, this website should have the ability for the user to enter her address and pay for the order.

Filling the Order and Shipping

  • The next step is to take the submitted order and use it to collect and deliver the items on the list. In general, fulfillment of the grocery order needs to be done manually by a stockboy or other employee. This process can be made easier by having a well-organized room where the products can be easily and efficiently located. The stock person should also check to make sure that the items placed in the order match the list that the user created. Then, once the order has been compiled, the collection of food needs to be placed in a vehicle and delivered to the customer.

Restocking and Processing Payments

  • Clearly, it is critical to ensure that all the items listed on the website are in stock and able to be shipped. As a result, the stock room needs to be carefully checked to ensure inventory levels are sufficient. Also, it is important to have the ability to obtain and process payments made by credit card. Also, in order to encourage repeat customers, it can be helpful to require customers to have a user name, which would allow information to be stored. This can also help create “suggested” carts of food items they commonly purchase.

How to Buy Food Online Using Food Stamps

Food stamps are provided to families that need assistance in buying food. The food stamps program called SNAP is funded by the federal government, which sets strict rules that must be followed when using EBT debit cards or food stamp certificates.
Food stamps cannot be directly redeemed online, and most online food retailers do not accept EBT debit cards through online payment systems. In some cases this is because of government usage restrictions, and in other cases this is the retailer’s own policy. But there are ways to use online ordering to purchase food that will later be paid for with food stamps.

Instructions

  1. Call the retailer you plan on purchasing food from in advance. Many grocery stores offer delivery and in-store pick up, but keep in mind that you might not be able to use food stamp program funds to pay for any additional fees associated with delivery or order preparation services.

    Explain to the retailer that you want to order groceries through their online service for delivery or pick up and that you want to pay using your EBT card or stamps. Some retailers might allow this if you come in person to pay or produce the stamps at the time of delivery.

  2. Go online and begin ordering your groceries if the retailer has agreed to the request. If using your EBT card (food stamp benefits on a debit card), you will likely need to appear in person to pick up your order. This might vary depending on the willingness of the retailer to accept this type of transaction.
  3. Call or visit the retailer once the order is complete to confirm the order. Visit if you are required to bring identification and the payment, or if the retailer is allowing a delivery, have I.D. and the food stamps ready for the delivery service.
  4. Pay the amount due with your food stamp benefits. You might have to pay with cash or another form of payment for additional service fees such as delivery charges or in-store packaging charges, so be sure to have some cash available.

    Anything that you ordered that is excluded from the food stamp program–such as tobacco, prepared meals and non-food items–will need to be paid for with another form of money.

How Does Online Grocery Shopping Work?

Creating the Website

  • The most important part of online grocery shopping is the website itself. The website should have a complete list of groceries that are able to be delivered as well as the prices for each item. This website should then have a “shopping cart” where a user can add items to a list of things to be ordered, as well as view and edit items that she is planning to purchase. Finally, this website should have the ability for the user to enter her address and pay for the order.

Filling the Order and Shipping

  • The next step is to take the submitted order and use it to collect and deliver the items on the list. In general, fulfillment of the grocery order needs to be done manually by a stockboy or other employee. This process can be made easier by having a well-organized room where the products can be easily and efficiently located. The stock person should also check to make sure that the items placed in the order match the list that the user created. Then, once the order has been compiled, the collection of food needs to be placed in a vehicle and delivered to the customer.

Restocking and Processing Payments

  • Clearly, it is critical to ensure that all the items listed on the website are in stock and able to be shipped. As a result, the stock room needs to be carefully checked to ensure inventory levels are sufficient. Also, it is important to have the ability to obtain and process payments made by credit card. Also, in order to encourage repeat customers, it can be helpful to require customers to have a user name, which would allow information to be stored. This can also help create “suggested” carts of food items they commonly purchase.

How to Start a Cosmetics Business

If you would you like to start a cosmetics business but are not sure how to proceed, an examination of the available avenues might prove helpful. Among the possible approaches are those that represent fast tracks into the business and those that require a significant amount of planning and the commitment of relatively large investments.

Instructions

  1. Become an affiliate for existing cosmetics products. As n affiliate you do not have to set up your own business or make cosmetics yourself. You merely refer buyers to the cosmetics that you are endorsing.

    Basic steps for starting a business as a cosmetics affiliate include finding a cosmetics affiliate program that you like, signing up for program and promoting the program on websites, blogs, social networks, etc.

  2. Work as a reseller to cosmetics company. As a reseller, you have more possibilities and profit potential. You have many more choices of cosmetics to sell as a reseller and you may sell online or offline. The process includes registering as a business, including acquisition of necessary licenses; choosing which cosmetic products to sell;

    purchasing cosmetic samples and keeping an inventory of cosmetics products on hand;

    advertising your products; and establishing a system of shipping cosmetics to customers.

  3. Open your own shop as a cosmetologist. This includes obtaining all required licenses — not only as a business but in accordance with your state’s laws regulating training; certification and licensing as a cosmetologist; finding a space in which to receive clients; purchase of equipment and supplies; establishing a schedule of prices; and advertising your services.
  4. Start your own cosmetics line. Basic steps for starting a cosmetics manufacturing business include obtaining a license to do business as well as any licenses that are specific to the production and sell of cosmetics; obtaining a significant physical plant for the production of cosmetics (building and equipment); formulation of your products; purchasing ingredients; designing your packaging, including labels; creation of a price structure; advertising your line; and adoption of a shipping system

How to Get Permanent NX Clothes in “MapleStory”

While many in-game items in “MapleStory,” the Korean-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, are purchased with in-game money, some items are bought with actual money. Some of these items, know as NX items, include clothing that usually expires after 90 days. However, the permanent NX clothing never expires so your character on “MapleStory” can wear the NX clothing he bought from the Cash Shop as long as he wants. This clothing does not have any special powers, it is simply for aesthetic purposes only.

Instructions

  1. Log in to your “MapleStory” client on your PC computer.
  2. Click on the “Cash Shop” button at the bottom of the game browser to enter the shop.
  3. Select the “Charge” button to put cash into your Nexon account from a PayPal account. Use your PayPal login to access your PayPal account and transfer the amount of money required by typing it in and clicking “Submit.” You have to have money in your PayPal account to transfer it to your Nexon account.
  4. Select the permanent NX clothes from the available items in the Cash shop. Click “Buy” and select “OK” to complete your purchase.

How to Learn & Speak Korean

How to Learn & Speak Korean

The reasons to learn a foreign language range from travel opportunities to cultural experiences and job benefits. Acquiring a new language, though, is a long and challenging task. The Korean language is complex, partly because much Korean vocabulary was adopted from the Chinese. Korean is spoken primarily in North and South Korea, but is also used in Korean restaurants and shops, where students have a variety of opportunities to practice the language.

Instructions

  1. Take a Korean class at a college or online. In university classes in Korean, students interact in groups and with a Korean-speaking professor. These classes incorporate language games and activities to improve your language retention. Online classes offer a flexible schedule, so you can work at your own pace.
  2. Practice your listening skills by playing CDs of Korean music or taped audio lessons in the car and at home. To speak like a native, you must learn to listen for and distinguish words in various settings. Music presents a variety of vocabulary in a catchy setting, which will help with memorization. Taped audio lessons focus more on grammar and pronunciation, which are also vital to learning Korean.
  3. Get a language partner online or in person. Meet with your language partner regularly to practice your speaking skills. Ask and answer questions, recite memorized dialogues or just chat. If you meet a language partner online, video chat regularly so you can practice speaking in real time.
  4. Study abroad. The most effective way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Korean study-abroad programs surround you with the language and culture of Korea. If you are not interested in a structured program, visit Korea on a study trip. You will practice your Korean every day as you interact with native speakers while shopping and sampling the culture.

How to Open an Online Bridal Store

Weddings are a multibillion-dollar industry. Brides and their families often spend thousands of dollars on bridal gowns, veils, accessories, favors and other accoutrements. If you are interested in getting a piece of the pie, consider opening your own online bridal boutique.

Instructions

  1. Outline a business plan. This will help you understand how much money you will need to launch, plan for expenses and anticipate growth. It also will be helpful should you seek a small business loan.
  2. Decide if you will use your website to augment a brick-and-mortar store or be online-only.
  3. Build inventory. A successful website cannot afford to list out-of-stock items. Most gown manufacturers require large minimum orders. Depending on the scope of your business and your financing, you may invest from a few hundred to tens of thousands. Secure clean and climate-controlled warehouse space to store your inventory. If you can arrange a month-to-month lease agreement, you may only need a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. You likely will need to put down a deposit.
  4. Rent studio space to increase foot traffic. You may need space for holding dress dummies, constructing formal wear, assembling accessories or favors or any other bridal-related business needs. Rents vary nationwide depending on proximity to major cities, studio size and other factors.
  5. Secure your domain name. Hosting often costs as little as $10 per year and can be purchased from websites such as GoDaddy that also can provide tools to build your website. Select a name that is relatively short but easy to remember and speaks to the nature of your business.
  6. Open a PayPal account. This is free to start, with a small percentage removed from your transactions if you upgrade to a Premium membership. PayPal can be used as your method of checkout for your website, costs your customers no fees and is secure. Customers do not need a PayPal account to send payment and can use funds from their debit or credit cards to pay you.
    For first-time webstore owners, PayPal causes the least headaches. As your business grows, you may decide to upgrade to your own checkout system.
  7. Register your business with your state Division of Corporations. The fees associated with this will vary by state.
  8. Consider financing your small business through the government’s SBA 504 loan program, which offers competitive low-financing options.
  9. Watch for bridal stores that are going out of business. They will be looking to liquidate, meaning you can save hundreds or thousands by purchasing from these events.
  10. Advertise on bridal websites, wedding blogs, local newspapers and radio. A modest budget would be several hundred dollars, but costs of advertising on radio and in print vary greatly around the country.
  11. If you are not computer savvy, take courses in website creation and management, or hire an IT person. This may cost as little as $40 for CD-rom-based lessons, or as much as a few thousand if you attend classes.
  12. Promote your store. Announce sales on Facebook or Twitter. If your sell vintage or handmade items, consider maintaining an Etsy storefront, an online marketplace specializing in vintage items. Joining is free, and a small percentage of each sale is taken by the website as a fee for doing business through it.

How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online

Buying clothes online can be risky business, especially when it is something as important as your wedding dress. Working with reputable vendors is essential, as is having a good idea of what you are looking for in a dress. Keeping these factors in mind will help you buy a wedding dress online more successfully.

Know Your Vendor

  1. Visit an online wedding-site directory such as Top Wedding Sites to find referrals to online dress merchants (see Resources below). Pay particular attention to any available user reviews of these services to get a better idea of the quality of their dresses and their level of customer service.
  2. Check out well-known retail establishments which are now offering bridal dresses online. The sizes offered by these stores may be more similar to the off-the-rack sizes you are familiar with, making it easier to buy the right size the first time around.
  3. Get a bargain by shopping an online auction site. You may find current and last season’s dresses available from many sellers, but you should take the time to read reviews by other shoppers before placing your bid.
  4. Look for vendors who also operate brick-and-mortar establishments, in addition to their online stores. Many times, you may be able to take the dress to them for alterations or even try on dresses you see online before purchasing them.
  5. Read the vendor’s return policy before making your purchase. Ideally, you should be able to return the dress if it doesn’t fit within a reasonable amount of time of receiving it.

Prepare to Shop

  1. Use the vendor’s guidelines to take proper measurements before you shop online. Depending on where you are shopping, there may be specific measurements you should perform to ensure that you shop for the right size.
  2. Locate an alterations expert in your area. Most wedding dresses are designed to be taken in and let out up to two sizes, but the skills of a talented tailor or seamstress will be required to do so.
  3. Find the dress you want to buy at a local bridal shop and make an appointment to try it on. You can then shop with more confidence online after seeing what the dress looks like in person.

How to Start a Clothing Store Online

These days, just about every kind of business enterprise has an online presence. Depending on the type of business, you can either start out in a brick-and-mortar shop or online. A good example of this is a clothing store, which in today’s world of 24-hour shopping, is easiest to do on the Internet. Starting a clothing store online simply requires the inventory to sell and some business and marketing savvy.

Instructions

  1. Determine what kind of clothing you will sell: Will you be a specialized clothing store, selling to specific sizes or an all-purpose boutique, for men, women and children of all shapes and sizes? This is an important consideration because your specialty is what will set you apart from the competition, and the more specialized your online clothing store is, the more likely it is that you will be able to build a faithful clientele. Some of the more popular options when it comes to online clothing stores are kid’s clothing, plus-size apparel and online shoe boutiques. Remember, your entire marketing campaign will be built around the type of clothing you sell, so be sure to make an informed decision based on the size of the market and the demand for such apparel, the money it will take to amass an inventory of items and how large an inventory you plan to offer at first.
  2. Acquire and assess your clothing inventory: Depending on your niche, you can get clothing from just about anywhere. You can start by purchasing items from hard-to-find dealers and retailers that will sell to you at a wholesale price and allow you to mark up the items for profit. You can also frequent some of the retail markets, which feature dozens of dealers in one place, selling the latest fashions. Another option is to work directly with up and coming designers, particularly ones in your area, that are new to the fashion scene and have fresh looks to offer. The more creative and fresh your inventory is, the more likely it is to sell and get exposure in a saturated online clothing industry.
  3. Put together all of your price points and don’t forget to include shipping costs. The most that it costs you to purchase an item wholesale, the more you will have to mark it up. This can drive customers away, so you must try to negotiate the best deal you can when purchasing items from clothing vendors. This is where it helps to work with new or little-known clothing designers, because they are usually hungry for exposure and won’t charge you as much as a well-known vendor to sell their clothing.
  4. Build your website. Just like a brick-and-mortar shop is the calling card of a traditional clothing retailer, your website is just as important for you. Your online clothing store should be catchy and eye-popping without being overwhelming. The clothing should be prominently featured on the site and checkout should be extremely easy to locate. Moreover, your site should be up to date at all times with an easy to remember–and type–name. If you can afford to have a professional build your site, it may be a worthwhile investment if you are not very technically savvy; otherwise, use a template (preferably Flash-based) with enough bells and whistles to make your site look exciting, but with your clothing front-and-center.
  5. Optimize your site so it shows up on lists under your category of search terms. Most often, customers will find your store by typing terms into a search engine. If you specialize in kid’s clothing, then “kids clothes” or “kid’s clothing” will likely be some of the terms potential customers will use to find you. Because of this, it is important to include search terms in the language of your site so that Web crawlers will pick it up and deliver eyeballs directly to your homepage. Again, if you hire a professional, he should be able to assist you with this as part of your Web design package; if not, search the category you specialize in and check out the language of the competition (particularly the top 20 companies listed). Use some of the same terms in the information on your site to get yourself as high on the list as possible.
  6. Spread the word through online advertising, message boards, social media forums and just about anywhere else that you can. Letting people know about your online clothing store is the best way to get inventory selling. Take advantage of every opportunity possible to spread the word about your store. Sign up for a Facebook and/or MySpace page and amass a collection of friends who are privy to special discounts and sales (you won’t believe how quickly your friend lists will grow). Offer information about your store to fashion bloggers and/or reporters. Offer to be a resource for future articles. All of this will work in conjunction with traditional forms of advertising/marketing to get your store optimal publicity and enhance your chances for success.

How to Get Groceries Delivered to Your Home

If you suffer from a disability or simply cannot find the time to get to the grocery store, you can usually have groceries delivered to your home. You might need assistance regularly if your situation is permanent, or occasionally to get through a tough time. Follow these instructions to get conveniently groceries delivered to your home.
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If you suffer from a disability or simply cannot find the time to get to the grocery store, you can usually have groceries delivered to your home. You might need assistance regularly if your situation is permanent, or occasionally to get through a tough time. Follow these instructions to get conveniently groceries delivered to your home.
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Things You’ll Need

Internet access

Instructions

Call or visit your local grocery store(s) and ask if they have delivery services. These types of services can vary greatly. Smaller grocery stores might offer to deliver groceries after you call in an order, while larger chain grocery stores might offer an online grocery shopping experience.

Consider shopping for groceries on retail websites such as Amazon (www.amazon.com). Be aware that you must typically purchase bulk and/or larger packages of products than you might usually purchase at your neighborhood grocery store.

Contact local groups that perform services for the disabled and elderly, if you qualify. Such groups can help you grocery shop and perform other daily tasks if you meet their qualifications.

Look for fliers and local online ads for “helpers” and “personal assistants” to help you grocery shop and complete other daily activities. Most helpers change a fee per activity. Craigslist.org is a great place to look for ads, or even place an ad seeking a helper.

How to Buy Case Lot Groceries Online

Case lot groceries are food and household items sold in unit cases, as opposed to individually. Purchasing them online is a way to save money, take advantage of lowered prices and stock up on grocery staples. You can expect to receive a typical 15 percent discount on case lots. You don’t have to worry about the inconvenience of locating a local wholesaler and you can take advantage of websites’ national shipping capabilities.

Instructions

  1. Find a case lot grocery supplier online. Use a search engine (like Google, Bing, or Yahoo). Amazon offers some case lot groceries as well.
  2. Sign up for the supplier’s account, with a user name and password. Some suppliers may charge a fee for their services; others offer a discount on shipping.
  3. Add the groceries to the online cart, and then add your credit card information and place your order. Depending on the shipper, you should receive your groceries between two and five days.

How to Save Money at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market is a national chain of supermarkets specializing in natural and organic foods. While many of the products Whole Foods sells come with higher price tags — you can spend a lot of money on specialty items — there are a number of ways you can save on each shopping trip. A good place to begin is to get to know your local Whole Foods Market associates; they are a goldmine of information
You can save money at your local Whole Foods Market

Instructions

  1. Buy the 365 Everyday Value labeled items. These items are Whole Foods Markets’ private label. By producing it themselves and eliminating the middle man, the store passes the savings on to you.
  2. Visit the Whole Foods Market website, and look up your local store. You will find a list of weekly specials, and you can plan your shopping list around these items, paying close attention to items you might be able to freeze for later use.
  3. Bring your own grocery bags. Whole Foods refunds 10 cents for every bag you use; they do not have to be Whole Foods Market bags.
  4. Pick up “The Whole Deal” flyer on your way into the store, or read it online. This Whole Foods Market publication is packed with tips, articles and coupons adding up to dozens of dollars in savings.
  5. Use your regular manufacturer’s coupons at Whole Foods, too.
  6. Buy items by the case for a discount. Whole Foods offers savings when you purchase quantities of many items, such as wine and baby formula.
  7. Sample before you buy. Whole Foods Market encourages customers to sample just about anything the store carries. Associates will open packages for you to try a product, which can save you from buying something new only to find out you do not like it.
  8. Sign up for the Whole Foods Market e-newsletter, which includes notices of sales and special offers.

How to Start an Online Grocery Shopping Service

As an online entrepreneur, you have the ability to control inventory, audience and methods of delivery. With an online grocery shopping service you can service a particular area or a specific type of food, such as organic or all-natural food, to a particular customer base. You do the shopping, and your customers receive groceries without leaving the comforts of home, losing time from work or family or battling heavy traffic, especially during the holiday seasons. Set up your service in a way that benefits your customers and helps you make the most of your online presence.

Instructions

  1. Build a website geared toward grocery shopping; include online ordering, product features and description, and information about the service. Establish a merchant account through your bank for credit card processing or utilize a free merchant service such as PayPal. Create a page on your website that gathers customer information. Give the customer the opportunity to receive emails about your service from time to time. Include discounts and promotions on your website to generate business and interest.
  2. Ask customers to be specific about their requests. For example, customers should request organic Granny Smith apples, not just apples. This helps eliminate confusion and misunderstandings. Give customers an area on your website where they can communicate specific needs and restrictions.
  3. Offer customers a variety of delivery methods—same day delivery (if ordering before noon), next-day delivery (if ordered by 6 p.m.), non-rush delivery (needed within 2 to 3 business days). Give the customer options on how to receive products. Indicate what area you’re servicing. Charge an extra delivery fee for customers outside of your service area. Ask customers to get in holiday shopping orders within two days of service. Indicate prices on your website for each delivery option upon checkout.
  4. Tell customers online what stores you endorse. Customers may request certain stores for their groceries. Give customers the option of using your endorsements or, for an extra fee, shopping for them at their choice of stores.
  5. Purchase extra refrigeration and freezing needs for customers’ orders. You need ways to keep food fresh for customers who don’t need service until the next day. Buy commercial-level refrigeration and freezing needs in your home or place of business if you need to.
  6. Create a return policy. Enforce a fee for returning food if a customer changes his mind about products received. Offer a one-time return for food such as fruit or vegetables that is not up to a customer’s standards. Ask customers online whether they want to waive their return option. Offer a small discount (i.e., 1 percent from total bill) to waive the option to return goods.