7 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better

7 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better

It's much more easier for me to sit at home, find what I like and have it delivered to my front door.
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We all love shopping for many reasons. Weather it be shopping for shoes or home appliances or even cars, we all have something we want to buy. Online shopping is easy. I personally think online shopping is better than in-store shopping.

Read my reasons below to find out why I and many others are online shopaholics:

1. More convenient and comfortable

It's much more easier for me to sit at home, find what I like and have it delivered to my front door. You don't have to worry about finding a parking space, or wasting gas. You can just sit home and do all your shopping from any store.

2. You have more options online than in store

It's true. Online shopping gives you a much better variety than in-store, there's a worldwide selection of a specific product than you might want. Also most times many things you find online might not be available in stores.

3. You get to avoid people

Don't you hate when you go out and see someone you know and wish you hadn't left your house? If you're more like me, you like to avoid the crowd and the salespeople when shopping. You can stay home and shop without having to wait in long lines and babies who won't stop crying.

4. Best deals

Online shopping gives you cheaper deals and even discount codes that you can apply. You can select "low to high" and save tons of money if you know what you're doing. Online stores even have their own "sales" or "clearance" sections to shop from.

5. It feels like Christmas when your package arrives

Who doesn't like the feeling of opening up a package. That's honestly the best part for me. It's so exciting when your clothes or whatever you buy arrives. It's more comfortable to try your clothes out at home and if you don't like what you got than it's not to hard to get a refund.

6. Reviews

Online shopping gives you many benefits for reviving the best products. You're able to compare different products and find the right prices. If you don't know if you should buy those jeans, read the reviews to see if other people liked it or not. When you buy things at the stores, you don't get reviews.

7. You can shop anytime of the day

This is another reason why online shopping is better. You can shop even when the store you need to shop at is closed and even if you don't have transportation. You can fit it into your schedule easily.

Sure shopping online has its negative aspects, but the positives overcome the negative. From my perspective, I seem to enjoy it more and if you prefer to shop in person that's fun to, after all, it's shopping!

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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5 Ethical, Sustainable Clothing Brands For Your Smart Shopping Sprees

We are probably all guilty of purchasing items that support the "fast fashion" market, but take a look at this list the next time you want to perpetuate this harmful network of stores.

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If you are unfamiliar with the term "fast fashion," your favorite clothing store may fall into this category. It is defined as clothing that is developed rapidly in response to trends, and are often marketed at low prices. These low prices mean low production cots, thus implying that there are shortcuts made in the production of materials, including environmental disregard or low wages. Fast fashion is not a sustainable practice, both for the environment and for the people who produce the clothing. There are countless horror stories from companies that perpetuate the industry, like a handwritten desperate note stitched into the Zara shirt. Here are five alternatives that will make you well-dressed, but a conscious advocate as well.

1. Everlane

Everlane is a unique brand, as they disclose the factories they use. The company prides themselves on being ethically sourced, as clothing brands are often run in suspicious or inhumane conditions in forlorn countries. They also are open about their pricing, and the cost to make their items. There is little markup on the final product. For more information on their ethical practices, visit their website here.

2. Reformation

For those willing to pay the price for eco-friendly clothing, look no further than Reformation. According to their website, they have been carbon neutral since 2015. They offer a $100 gift card if you change your utilities to a wind-powered energy source. There is an extensive list of their sustainable goals and accomplishments that you can view here.

3. Patagonia

Patagonia's brand is an outdoorsman's staple, but over the years their casual clothing has drawn a larger consumer base. Their company is not only sustainable in their practices and creation of the clothing, but they actively seek out change and tackle environmental issues. This includes donating 1% of their sales to environmental agencies or making their clothing out of recyclable materials. Further, the CEO, Rose Marcacio, used the $10 million her company received in tax cuts to donate to various non-profits centralized on climate change. Visit this link to see how you can help your local community, another initiative that Patagonia has advertised.

4. Thred Up

Thredup is an online consignment store which acts as a middle man for selling and buying old clothes. First, you order a "cleanout" bag to ship your clothes in. You may even earn some cash or credit for them! They then are listed on the website. People often do not think about the environmental cost of clothing production, namely the dramatic use of water and the non-recyclability of clothing. Thrifting and consignment stores aids in this issue, and if you are an avid online shopper, Thredup is a perfect place to shop.

5. United by Blue

United by Blue is an amazing clothing company that removed one pound of trash from the ocean with every product sold. So far, the company has removed 1,606,921 pounds of trash from our waters. Not only this, but this innovative brand has made products out of new and recycled materials, like recycled polyester. They have everything from backpacks to sweaters, so explore their page now!

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