Here we are, deep into the 21st century, during an age when I can buy anything online and have it shipped to my door. So, where was my morning spent?
Walmart. Target. Sears. Home Depot. It’s not a pretty picture to lug those kids around, wander up and down aisles, repeat the process at another store, and still not get everything I wanted. Is there a better way?
Time Is Money, Honey
The problem with the digital age is that shopping online is just not as much fun as shopping in the real world, checking out atoms instead of bits on Amazon.
I’m not even sure that online prices are as good, either.
By the time you add up shipping and handling, the excitement of an online purchase can be diminished by a higher price than simply driving down the street.
Still, I look for that holy grail of shopping, a place online that makes it easy, or, at least, easier. One step in the right direction is an interesting Mac app called Goodies.
I say it’s interesting because I’m not sure if it’s the cat’s meow or what the cat left behind the sofa.
Budget, Search, Compare, Review, Organize, Find, Buy
Goodies doesn’t feel like a browser with a bunch of open tab windows, each locked onto a different online shopping site. But it behaves that way. Like a browser window, you can shop online from within Goodies.
Take a look.
Goodies keeps track of your online shopping. Tabs on top (below the Toolbar) make it easy to have multiple sites open at the same time.
The Planning area in the left Sidebar makes it easy to set a budget, schedule shopping, keep track of a wish list, and even archive items for the future.
The Lists area in the Sidebar keeps track of shopping projects. It could be remodeling. It could be Christmas shopping items. It could be back to school items for the kids.
Think of Goodies as a browser to shop online, but with tools and features specific to shoppers. Budget. Favorite online stores. Wish list. Search history.
You can tag items you want to buy, and add them to the list. Goodies keeps track of the details.
If you know your prices, comparing between online stores is a few clicks. And, as much as I prefer to shop in stores (despite the genetic luggage), I do a fair amount online, and Goodies makes it easier to find and compare and save pages.
Negatives? You could do the same thing with the free TextEdit and Safari on your Mac, but it requires more organization and discipline, which come built-in to Goodies. It’s a Mac App Store app, but the developer also provides a demo download so you can try before you buy.