Even though you've been working from home for a few weeks now, there's a good chance you still don't have
. Or maybe you've been all the gear you need during quarantine, but now brushing up on your culinary chops and you're tired of your knives are dull , but you haven't upgraded any of your kitchen tools yet. Despite most aspects of your life falling into a cooking rice on the stovetop , one thing is still frustratingly inconvenient: Online shopping. comfortable lockdown routine
That's because a month and a half into quarantine (for many),
online stock is still sold out for a number of popular items, and , sometimes for weeks. Amazon has continued to delay shipping nonessential goods
It's time to branch out, and we have shopping suggestions for all your needs. While you may miss the convenience of a one-stop shop like Amazon -- particularly
-- trying an alternative online retailer and going direct to the manufacturer's website could be more effective in the short term. (And if your local grocery store seems low, here are if you're a Prime member .) six other places to shop for food Read more: Wine, beer, alcohol delivery: How to get alcoholic beverages delivered to your door
Many electronics stores, including Best Buy, are offering in-vehicle at-store pickup of merchandise ordered online.
Home office equipment: Webcams, laptops, desks
If you're working from home, you'll want electronics and office equipment like a
. Here are online retailers to try. Some also have brick and mortar stores you can visit, with the keyboard, webcam, mouse and desk . appropriate social distancing : If your local Best Buy
is still open, you may be able to arrange to have your order brought out to your car. Free shipping on orders $35 and up. : Free shipping on orders $35 and up. Walmart
You can buy smartwatches and fitness trackers direct from the manufacturer.
: Free shipping on orders $35 and up. Target : Shipping costs $6 and up or free with orders $35 and up. Office Depot : Free shipping on orders $49 and up. B&H : Some items free to ship. Newegg : Free shipping on any order. Overstock : Free shipping on orders $35 and up. Fry's : Like Amazon but discounted and owned by Walmart. Jet Fitness equipment, home workout gear, fitness trackers
With gyms around the country closed, many people are developing their own home workout routines.
Life in self-quarantine is pretty sedentary unless you make room for physical activity and exercise. Check out
, then find the equipment you need at these retailers: our guide to home workout options : Curbside pickup, free shipping on orders over $49. Dick's Sporting Goods : Curbside pickup, free shipping on orders over $25. Academy : Curbside pickup, free shipping on orders $50 and up. Bass Pro Shops : Shipping costs $5 or free on orders $50 and up. Cabela's : Shipping costs $5 or free on orders with $12 in Moosejaw gear or $49 and up. Moosejaw : Free shipping. FitnessZone : Free standard shipping on all orders while stores are closed. REI : Free shipping on orders $59 and up. Sears Medicine and medical supplies
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Toilet paper and hand sanitizer aren't the only items
. Over-the-counter medications, bandages and other medical supplies are missing from supermarket, superstore and drugstore shelves across the country. Amazon seems to be prioritizing medication order shipments, but still could have issues with keeping enough stock. For your health care needs, try these other retailers as well: stores have run out of : Offering drive-through order pickup, free shipping on orders $35 and up. Walgreens : Offers curbside pickup, shipping costs $5 or free on orders $35 and up. CVS : Shipping costs $6 or free on orders $35 and up. RiteAid : Free shipping on orders $49 and up. TheOnlineDrugStore : Shipping costs $5 or free on orders $50 and up. OverstockDrugStore Household items, home goods, kitchen equipment
If you're cooking more these days at home you may be in the market for some upgraded kitchen equipment like this KitchenAid mixer.
If they're out of stock at Amazon, Walmart, Target or any of the other usual suspects, try these retailers for kitchen tools, decorations, home goods:
: Free shipping for Macy's cardholders and on orders $25 and up. Macy's : Free shipping on some items. HSN : Shipping costs $5 or free on orders $49 and up. Wayfair : Shipping costs $6 and up or free on orders $59 and up. Local store delivery provided exclusively through Sur la Table . Shipt Don't forget the secondhand market
Facebook Marketplace connects buyers and sellers like Craigslist does, but with the added benefit of profiles so you can see who you're dealing with.
Just because there's a pandemic doesn't mean you don't want to try to score a deal. Normally, I'd recommend
, but you should also consider secondhand marketplaces. steep discounts on items listed through Amazon Warehouse Deals
Arranging an in-person transaction through
or Craigslist while practicing social distancing may be a challenge, but if you meet in a public location you could transfer payment to the seller with PayPal, Venmo or Facebook Marketplace
and they can leave the item on a park bench, table or sidewalk in view of you.
Some things you should never DIY, like hand sanitizer.
: Shipping varies by seller. eBay : Similar to eBay. Mercari : Similar to eBay. Bonanza : Auction-only marketplace. Ebid : Local pickup. Facebook Marketplace : Local pickup. Craigslist
Although it may be tempting to go the DIY route when you can't find items you need in stock at local stores or online, your homemade replacements might not be up to the same quality as commercial products. Handmade face masks
, and may not protect against the novel coronavirus . What you can and should DIY, however, are home-brew hand sanitizer could end up ineffective against germs . these 11 tasty dinners using pantry staples
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