Shop Safely with Curbside Pickup for Father’s Day Gifts and Pet Supplies

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We all know that shopping online is the safest way to maintain social distancing during the current coronavirus outbreak, but that isn’t always possible. Maybe your dog’s brand of pet food is sold out online or there is a shipping delay. Or perhaps you just want to pick up some last minute birthday gifts or supplies for your favorite fur kid. And if you’ve waited til now to shop for Father’s Day gifts, then this is also a great solution.

Whatever the reason, the next best thing to online shopping for pet supplies and gifts right now is curbside-pickup. That’s where you order online from a local store near you and then go pick it up when you receive the email or text that lets you know your order is ready. When you arrive, you stay in your car and just pop the trunk while someone from the store brings your order out to you. It allows you to safely get what you need the same day as you order. It also helps keep store employees safer as well by reducing the amount of people inside the store, and you can take your dog for a car ride as a bonus!

Two really easy shopping options for curbside pickup are Petco and Target.

Here’s the scoop + current deals:

  • Use this link for Petco to order online for Curbside Pickup and get 10% OFF your order.
  • (photo note: we recommend dogs only ride in back seat for safety of pets and people)

Tips for Online Shopping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Even savvy shoppers might be struggling with shopping for essential items during the current Coronavirus situation. Supplies are running low. Some products are difficult or impossible to find, making it very frustrating for many of us. With social distancing and the recommendation to stay home when possible, online shopping is the first line of defense for reducing the hassle and risks of going to the store in search of groceries and important household items.

Since I usually do most of our shopping online and will continue as we head into hurricane season, I thought I’d share some helpful tips and tricks for online shopping during the coronavirus outbreak. Many of these tips are applicable all the time, not just during a pandemic!

These are my observations and recommendations based on my own experiences–your mileage may vary. Also, buying a few extra is okay, but please do not hoard or stockpile beyond a reasonable supply for your family. This could lead to even more shortages for everyone.

Why shopping online is better during Coronavirus

Although it may not always be possible to shop from home, it’s the safer option because it minimizes your exposure to people, air and surfaces that may be contagious or spread the virus. If you must shop in person, just be safe and follow all the recommendations from the experts as well as any local orders. #masksforall has some very helpful information about wearing masks for safety during the coronavirus outbreak. Keep in mind that many places we usually shop are closed or have limited hours and lines to get in, so sometimes online shopping is the only option.

Besides the safety factor, shopping online from home makes it easier to know what’s in stock and what sold out by searching many stores without the hassles and frustrations of wasting time and gas hunting for what you need. It’s also easier to compare prices and to buy large quantities without having to lug them home yourself. It also makes it easier to be organized and thoughtful about what you’re buying. Many friends have said that going into stores, seeing empty shelves and people with full carts, has led to panic buying things they didn’t originally intend to buy. Avoid all that when you can and just shop from home when practical.

If you do need stuff ASAP, you can often order online and use curbside picking so you don’t have to leave your car. Petco.com and Target.com both have this feature on their websites, as do many major retailers.

Tips for safe online shopping during any disaster or emergency

Avoid fraud and scams by using reputable websites that you know and trust or that friends and family have used themselves. Look for the padlock on the left in the address bar of the browser window because that means that the website you’re shopping on is using secure encryption methods. Try to always use a credit card instead of a debit card or other payment methods for extra protection in case you have to dispute a charge later.

Be skeptical and cautious of emails that you receive or ads that you see on social media. Identity theft is always an increased concern during an uncertain time like this.  Even when shopping on big sites like Amazon or Walmart, it’s important to look and make sure you’re buying directly from the website itself because many allow 3rd party sellers who can charge whatever they want, and there’s no real way to know the quality or whether the products they are selling are even authentic. Price gouging and the selling of inferior and counterfeit products are on the rise during any crisis, so just be aware of who you are buying from and what you’re buying.

Tips for meeting minimum requirements for free shipping

Most sites offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount. It is always better to buy a few extra items than to pay for shipping. Before shopping online, make a list of all the items you want to stock up on or that your family uses on a regular basis. These items can be used to add to cart to meet the minimum required for free shipping even if you hadn’t originally intended to buy them this time. Certain popular products like hand sanitizer and toilet paper may have a limit on the quantity you can purchase ,making it harder to meet the free shipping minimum.

This is when it really comes in handy to have some ideas of everyday items that you’ll use written down ahead of time so that you can fill your cart with smart purchases and avoid paying shipping charges. Some examples of great filler items include aluminum foil, condiments like mayo, ketchup, mustard, pantry items like salt, sugar, flour, light bulbs, batteries, dog treats, laundry detergent, dish soap, dryer sheets, Q-tips, deodorant, contact lens solution, make up removing wipes. Basically anything that you use on a regular basis makes a great filler item to raise your cart’s total to qualify for free shipping, if you need to add something to get there. Some sites also offer promo codes for free shipping, so look for those on Google if you don’t want to spend the minimum.

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Hot Tech Gift Alert: Mavic Mini Drone (Almost as Light as a Smartphone)

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Avid traveler, outdoor adventurer, budding YouTube (or Tik Tok) star, tech toy fanatic; chances are someone on your holiday gift list wants a drone. If you’ve researched drones in the past, you might have been put off by the high prices, or had safety concerns, or found them too complicated.

This year, there’s a new ultralight, portable and affordable option: the Mavic Mini Drone from DJI and at $399 it might just be the hottest tech toy gift of the season!

Mavic Mini is almost as light as the average smartphone. This makes it super portable and places it in the low and safe weight class of drones. Best Buy has sponsored this gift guide to let you know it’s available for pre-order now.

The DJI Mavic Mini is recommended for ages 16 and up, making it a super cool gift idea for just about any creative, active and tech-loving teenager or adult. It’s a fun family gift with simplified recording and editing features. It even lets you generated short video and share it instantly with friends on social media.

The DJIFly app can help you find popular, scenic shooting locations near you. And, because it’s so lightweight, it can stay in the air longer than similar consumer FlyCams on the market. Enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery. Did I mention that it’s foldable?

It’s got so many cool features and photos don’t really do it justice, so watch this quick video to see it in action and learn more.

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting tech toy gift this year, or want to treat yourself,  get it by the Nov 11 release date when you order now at BestBuy.com.

Don’t Snooze on these Petco Coupons and Deals: $30 OFF Pet Supplies + More

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It’s going to take some adjustment, now that it’s dark an hour earlier, but dogs ALWAYS knows what time it is…especially meal time. Daisy wants me to remind you not to miss out on some great new Petco coupons, sales and deals on dog food, cat litter, treats and pet supplies. It’s also the perfect time to start snagging some pet holiday gifts for all the dogs, cats and pets on your Christmas shopping list.

  • Speaking of lists, top of the pet deal list this week is a new Petco Coupon Code good for $30 OFF $100 and Free Shipping when you use this link and Petco promo code: sav30 at checkout by 11/7. Pet Food is excluded but the coupon CAN be stacked on top of most other deals and sales.

Petco Dog Deals

  • Up to 45% off Flea & Tick Prevention for Dogs
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Dog Treats from Better Belly, PureBites and SmartBones
  • Up to 50% off NFL Pet Apparel and Gear
  • Up to 50% off Star Wars Pet Apparel & Accessories
  • Up to 50% off Marvel Pet Apparel
  • Up to 25% off La-Z-Boy Dog Beds
  • See all Dog Deals here

Petco Cat Deals

  • 25% off Cat Furniture & Scratchers
  • Up to 45% off Flea & Tick Prevention for Cats
  • Up to 40% off Litter Boxes & Accessories
  • Up to 30% off Cat Litter
  • Up to 25% off Litter Genie
  • See all Cat Deals here

Affordable Tech Gifts: JLab True Wireless Earbuds under $100

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While I know that we dog moms and dads spend most of our time and money thinking about pleasing our fur kids, we DO also have some special human friends and family we like to treat as well. To get really great gifts without breaking the bank means starting early and doing your research. We like to help take the hassle out of the process by doing our homework and letting you know about great deals on great gift ideas when we find them.

If you or someone you know is an avid sports, travel or music lover who appreciates an awesome sound experience, you’ll want to know about the JLab #1 True Wireless Air Family featuring three new models of True Wireless Earbuds that deliver on sound, quality and comfort. In addition to high-quality sound in three different styles, they are also quite affordable at $59 to $69 per pair.

There’s the new sport-inspired JBuds Air Sport ($69.99). Sweat-resistant with over the ear hooks for a secure fit. Perfect for any workout, hike or run. the charging case packs 34 hours of battery life for extended playback during training marathons. And we love the Be Aware Audio feature. Turn it on/off to allow outside noises in, for added safety, while running or walking with your dog or a friend.

There’s the business-inspired JBuds Air Executive ($69.99), perfect for the office and taking calls while on the go. Up to 30 total hours of massive sound.

And there’s the JBuds Air Icon ($59.99). An upgraded everyday option featuring up to 24 hours of battery life and Dual Connect so you can use either earbud independently or use both and experience a seamless connection.

As you can see, there is something for everyone! This gift guide is sponsored by Best Buy, so head on over to BestBuy.com to read the great customer reviews and grab a pair.