Why online shopping is making you fat

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Online Shopping Is Making You Fat

By: Maria Mercedes Galuppo

The convenience of having everything you could possibly need just one click away may be responsible for making you fat.

Daily routine activities are a key to a healthy and active lifestyle, and the internet is destroying that.

Doctors suggest buying groceries online is not helping your wellbeing. Small activities like walking to the supermarket and carrying bags are necessary to boost basic fitness.

It becomes very easy for people to fall onto old, bad habits. The convenience of technology is making it easier than ever. People are now skipping stairs and heading to elevators, online shopping instead of going to the mall, and ordering takeout instead of dining in.

Now, these swaps are causing people to indulge on a sedentary lifestyle.

The spikes in online shopping are noticeable. Online grocery shopping alone is twice as popular as it was just five years ago.

If you can't let go of your HelloFresh subscription, it's important to find new ways to activate your muscles and increase your heart rate. These exercises could seriously help to prevent musculoskeletal problems.

This is especially important for those who spend hours sitting at a desk. People who work at a desk are 60 percent more likely to die prematurely than active individuals.

So, you have a choice: hit the mall or hit the gym.

If you do continue to online shop, scroll through below to learn money-saving tips:

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1. Clear your browser history

Some retailers might sneakily increase prices based on your browsing patterns and demand - so make sure to always clear your history and cookies before shopping! 

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2. Use an alternate email address

When you log in to a retailer's site with a new email address, retailers will often welcome you as a new customer with exciting new promotions and discounts. 

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3. Note price changes throughout the week

Another pro tip: Prices and deals can fluctuate based on the day of the week. For instance, if you're purchasing a flight, monitor prices for around a week to see if they take a dip on any particular day before purchasing. 

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4. Let items linger in your cart

Here's a hack: Add items to your cart, but let them sit for 24 hours before purchasing. The retailer might attempt to lure you back with additional discounts.

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5. Check out multiple sites

Do some research! Don't settle for the first price you see - poke around on a search engine and find the best deal. 

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6. Bargain with customer service

Use customer service to your advantage. If you ask (politely!) about an expired coupon, you'll often find yourself pleasantly surprised by an extension or new code! 

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7. Don't purchase impulsively

Try this shopping hack - don't buy that shiny, new toy right away. Step away for a few hours, and if you find yourself itching to go back and click 'purchase', then you know you won't regret your investment!

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8. Avoid shipping fees

Take advantage of free shipping! If you are a few dollars below the free shipping price point, add a low-cost filler item you need anyway (like socks!) and make the math work out in your favor. 

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