21 Jan

Written by Kathryn Vercillo on January 21, 2010

Do you prefer to do your shopping online or in actual stores? We tend to prefer online shopping ourselves but the truth is that smart shoppers will do a little bit of both. That is because there are pros and cons to online shopping and there are also pros and cons to in-store shopping as evidence by a few recent news articles on the topic.

Major benefits to online shopping include that it’s easier to do comparison shopping online, you don’t have to spend money on getting to and from the stores, you’re less likely to indulge in wasteful impulse buys and you have easy exposure to a diverse range of different products. It contrast, shopping in stores means that you see less stuff and yet end up buying more which isn’t very good for your frugal budget.

However, there are benefits to shopping at local stores. For one thing, you might lose a lot of weight according to one recent study by Debenham’s. The average shopper can burn about 400 extra calories per week just from walking around from store to store. Additionally you get to experience the positive benefits of doing your shopping in a group of people which can be healthier than just staying in your house all of the time. On the other hand, shopping in a crowd has drawbacks such as experiencing low self-esteem caused by comparing yourself to other shoppers.

So what’s the best way to get the most benefits from shopping in stores while still getting the benefits of online shopping? Our suggestion is to do your window shopping in stores. You’ll get exercise, socialize a bit and get some great ideas for things that you might want to buy. However, you should do your buying at home where you can do comparison shopping, use discount codes and make wiser more thought-out choices about how you want to spend your money.

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