We live in a technology driven era that allows us access to so much at the click of a button. Although that simplicity makes it quick to order online, it is not necessarily the best option. So here is my old-school opinion of why you should shop in-store instead of online.
1. Gets You Off The Couch
One of the best reasons is your health. Walking around the mall for one hour could be a couple of thousand steps. That’s 2000 more than you would get if you just order on your phone. Additionally, if you park far enough, a trip to the mall allows you to get some fresh air and sunshine that you won’t get in your office or classroom.
With no online orders, you don’t have to deal with the fuss of packages. You don’t have to worry about when you’ll be home to sign for something, or even worse, having your packages stolen. If you’re in an apartment complex with a mailroom, you do not have to worry about making it home in time to get your package before the mailroom closes.
3. Social Interactions
It’s been proven that interactions with other people have positive effects on your health. Interacting with others, especially new people, lowers your stress levels and boost your immune system.
Going out to shop also gives you a great opportunity to bond with friends and family. Even just 30 minutes of wandering around the mall is a great way to catch up with an old friend or spend a little quality time with your parents.
5. Bargain Hunting
Unlike online offers, you can check the clearance rack in a store. Each store will have unique items that are not always on the “sale” section of their website. Also, you can stop by second hand stores and flea markets to find deals that aren’t available online.
Lastly, it’s always great to support local businesses. When you can, shopping at mom-and-pop stores is a great way to help neighborhood entrepreneurs and promote local economy. By going to your local store, even if it’s a chain, you are helping to keep that store open and helping the employees keep their jobs.