With the holiday season upon us, what’s the best way to shop: online or in store?

Nothing better than shopping in pajamas

By Matt Thomas

In the year 2000, a typical hangout place for teenagers was the mall. Even if it meant walking out of the mall without buying anything, the social aspect of the mall is what attracted teenagers to it.

If you wanted to communicate with someone, you had to arrange to meet up with them — you couldn’t just text them on a whim. Today’s world has been completely taken over by cell phones and the internet within the last decade, and even the way we shop has changed drastically.

Online shopping gives consumers access to millions upon millions of products. Many of these products are available in other parts of the country, or even the world, where many consumers could not typically buy these goods in person.

Shopping for products online is also much more convenient for the consumer. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve ordered something online from the comfort of my bed and received it in my mailbox promptly within three to five business days. Within the last couple of years, due to the growing popularity of online shopping, shipping rates have also greatly decreased to minimal to free on most orders.

I do not mind shopping in stores, but for many, physically shopping in stores can be inconvenient, but also terrifying for those with social anxiety. Thanks to online shopping, anyone has the ability to buy goods, anytime and anywhere. I love Black Friday, but Cyber Monday is really where it’s at for me.

Shopping in store is the way to shop

By Brittney Corum

With the holidays approaching, everyone is searching for that one perfect gift to give their loved ones. But to find that gift, many rely on the internet to shop. For me however, the best way to shop for a gift is to go out and purchase it from the store.

I understand, though, why shopping online is the easy way out.

However, I need to be able to have the item in my hand. I can also ensure that I have it before Christmas. When you order something from the internet, there is a chance that it may not be the right product, or you may not get it in time for Christmas.

Also, you may discover something that would be great for another person on your list that you didn’t think of while shopping at the stores. When online shopping, you can just search for the exact item and miss an awesome gift that you could have gotten another person on your list.

When you shop in stores, you can shop with other people. Shopping with friends or family during the holiday season is so fun. You can build lasting memories and create stories to tell your children — maybe about how you fought off other shoppers to get that special item for a Christmas gift.

Easy tips to stay within your budget

By Ashley Steeb

Can you believe that it is almost the most wonderful time of the year?

It feels like just yesterday was the first day of the semester.

If you are anything like me, you completely forgot to buy any Christmas presents. But who could blame you, considering how chaotic this semester has been?

If you fall under this category, there is no need to panic. You may have missed out on the great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but there are still plenty of presents that will not break your budget.

Here are a few tips to stay within your budget this holiday season:

1. Plan a Secret Santa with your family and friends over the traditional gift-giving process. By doing this, a price limit can be enforced, you only have to buy one gift and no one will be left out. It doesn’t have to be a Secret Santa, but the guidelines could still be followed.

2. Buy your gifts from the Dollar Store, Goodwill or similar stores. Gifts don’t have to be fancy, new or expensive. There is something for everyone in the family at these stores.

3. If you were gifted with artistic skills — which I was not — you can make gifts for your loved ones. There are endless amounts of DIY tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest. Most projects only require basic art materials.

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