15 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better Than In-Store Shopping

15 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better Than In-Store Shopping

Online Shopping Takes The Cake

Online shopping is one of those things that you either love or hate. Shopping in person can be pretty fun and is a good way to bond with friends or see things in person before you buy them, but online shopping still takes the cake as my preferred shopping technique. Online shopping is one of the best things to come out of the Internet and can be used to order anything under the sun. There are many reasons why I love online shopping. Here are the top 15 reasons why online shopping is better than shopping in the store.

1. You can wear your pajamas and don't have to leave your bed.

Don't feel like dressing up? You don't have to.

2. You can search directly for what you want instead of looking around a store.

There's no search bar at the store. Instead of walking around for hours to find that jacket you want, you can just search for it online and find it in a few minutes.

3. You don't have to ask people for help.

It is the perfect way to avoid awkward small talk and you don't have to rely on the sales people to find things for you.

4. There are more options to choose from.

The internet is full of different stores. Almost every store usually has more items online than they do at their in-store locations too.

5. It is more exciting to anticipate getting a package in the mail than to just buy it and get it right away.

Receiving a package in the mail is like getting a gift from yourself.

6. There's no waiting in line.

Not having to wait in line at checkout is one of the best things about online shopping. You can pay whenever you want.

7. You have more time to think before impulse buying.

If you're unsure about a purchase, you can just close your computer and buy it later.

8. You don't have to worry about parking.

Parking is the worst and on weekends it is almost impossible to find a parking spot at the mall or grocery store.

9. There are more sales and you can use coupon codes.

You can use as many coupons as you want without looking like one of those crazy coupon hoarders.

10. You can shop at any time.

Want to shop at midnight? No worries. Malls and stores usually don't open until 9 a.m. and close around 10 p.m.

11. No carrying bags.

Your arms will thank you later.

12. You don't have to worry about starting an awkward conversation when you see someone you know at the store.

One of the worst things about going to the store is that moment when you see your old math teacher who hated you or some person you barely talk to and are forced to strike up a conversation.

13. It is easier to compare prices between stores.

You can keep multiple tabs open on your computer and compare prices for the best deal. This definitely beats that moment when you see that sweater you bought for full price on sale at another store.

14. There are no pushy sales people following you around.

You have the freedom to browse as much and for as long as you want without judgment.

15. You can see reviews of the product before you buy it.

A sales person is never going to tell you if one of their products is bad, but the people of the internet are brutally honest and will guide you in the right direction on what to buy.

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A Trip To A Beautiful Red And White Mansion Called Target

The most magical place on earth besides Disney World.

Target. The most magical place on earth besides Disney World. I am not even exaggerating. Target is my go to store. I go there for groceries(only sometimes though because we all know Walmart and Food Lion is cheaper), health and beauty products, clothes, and most importantly random things. The little dollar section is my favorite. This beautiful red and white mansion has literally everything you could possibly need. Especially if it has a Starbucks as well!

When it comes to target I am always in the mood. It makes my life a little better. Sometimes I plan to go there ahead of time or it could be an impulse trip that was not planned. Those are the best. Now I am going to walk you through my typical target trip experience.

First parking.

I tend to try my best to park in the same area. Usually around the same parking spot near where you put the shopping carts outside. I take a huge sip from my water bottle before getting out of my car and into the adventure I am about to start. I never carry my pocketbook in. Just my keys, wallet, and phone. I don't need something hanging on my shoulder while I'm roaming the aisles.

The entrance.

As the big glass doors slide open I feel like a queen walking to her throne. Kinda. I grab a basket to carry for the planned or unplanned items that I will place in it. The dollar section is definitely the first spot I hit up. Depending on the month I will try to find the holiday socks that they have for almost every holiday. I currently have more than twenty pairs of the dollar holiday socks. This section is also great to find little notebooks, planners, notepads, pens, and other organizing essentials. Just the other day I found a planner, calendar, some pens, and a pair of socks and I felt like I had hit the jackpot. I really hit the jackpot even before December with the Christmas socks. I seriously bought ten different pairs for myself.

Roaming.

After finally spending too much time at the dollar section I make my way around the store. Depending on how I feel or if I am in a hurry I will go to multiple sections or just straight to what I came for. Mainly I browse through the clothes, sleepwear, and activewear first. I work my way towards the books and movies. But not before I take a look at the men's clothes as well. Their t-shirts are SO much better. It's not fair. Then, it's to the seasonal section. I love looking at all of the decorations or stuff for the seasons.

To the food area, I go. I love the food choices at Target. There isn't much in produce, just some basics but there is a lot of snacks choices, oatmeals, peanut butter, etc. It's great. After finding random somewhat healthy foods I go to home and decor. One day when I have my own home this will be my go to area. I like looking at all of the mugs and kitchen stuff while making notes in my mind that I would like those things in my future home. The throw pillows and blankets that will be in my bedroom and the little wall decor that will hang up on the walls. Wow, I daydream about target decor.

After, all of my roaming and self check-outing I decide whether or not I need Starbucks before I leave. Usually, the answer is yes! Of course! Even though, lately I have been trying to cut out getting coffee as much because of all the caffeine. Also, I have a lot of K-cups so I need to stop spending so much on coffee. Ha.

Leaving.

An hour and a half after arriving I am finally exiting the wonderful store happy and not ashamed of how much money I spent. It's unhealthy I know. But what can I say, I am a mom trapped in a nineteen-year-olds body I guess?

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The Beginner's Guide To Thrift Shopping

4 simple tips to jump-start your thrifting journey.

If you want to start looking for a bargain or some beautiful vintage pieces for your home or wardrobe, then this article is the one for you.

I am not an expert in thrifting, but I must give myself some credit, because thrift store clothing fills up half my closet as well as room décor. I also currently work at a thrift store which also gives me some experience, as well as winning the “best dressed” superlative by pretty much wearing only thrifted clothing my entire high school career. Anyways, thrifting is a magical experience that I feel like everyone should try at least once in their lives. So here are my most helpful tips to enhance your shopping adventure.

My first tip is set aside a whole day to thrift shop. It is a very time-consuming activity because there is SO MUCH to see in one store: clothing, shoes, books, records, furniture, the list goes on. Since most of the items you find in these stores are unique and vintage pieces from decades ago, there are more things to look at, because you won’t be pushing through the same five sweaters on a clothing rack. I also recommend going to multiple stores in one day, because like I said, thrift stores and antique shops contain things that you may not be able to find again.

My second tip is not to plan to look for anything specific. It is best to go into a thrift store with an open mind. This will allow you to pick up items that you may have not thought you’d like if you had a preconceived mindset of what it is you wanted to end up finding. Also, you tend to find the best pieces when you least expect it. Try not to develop any expectations before going into the store, because you could end up looking past a hidden gem.

My third tip is to look at EVERYTHING. Like I said earlier, there is so much to look at in thrift stores, all the way from clothing to furniture. Also, when I go thrifting, I look at the women’s AND men’s sections because the clothes are equally amazing. Most of my favorite finds are actually from the men’s sections. Clothes are just clothes, it doesn’t matter who wears them. Thrifting is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and develop a style unique to yourself.

Lastly, my fourth and final tip is to try the clothing on. If you can look past the fact that someone previously loved them, and they haven’t been washed yet, then it’s a good idea to try the clothes on, because some thrift stores can have tricky return or exchange policies. You want to be happy with your purchases and enjoy every part of the experience.

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