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Shopping Should be the New Home Economics Course
Shopping today is both an activity and a chore. People find it both exhausting and pleasurable depending on the circumstances. Shopping can be more entertaining and more beneficial though if we shop with a different attitude. There are many benefits that shopping fosters. I’m not only talking about how smart shopping can save money but mainly how it can improve character and knowledge.
The first advantage I see in smart shopping is common knowledge. I spend a lot of time shopping and if I hadn’t my knowledge of products in general would be much smaller. I know this because of my interaction with my friends and family. We as humans like to talk about we are passionate about right? Well when I’m talking to people about how much I love this new product that I found and start to list the specs they look at me quite confused and don’t know how to respond. My knowledge of technology, for example, is so much greater than so many people’s knowledge that I can’t even have a proper conversation with them about it. This doesn’t mean that the people around me are dumb, it simply shows how shopping has taught me bonus information that helps me make wiser decisions when purchasing items. When making a large purchase, a shrewd shopper will research an item by binging on YouTube videos about the product, talking to fellow shoppers or sales people, and reading reviews for at least a week or two before buying it. Amanda Ford says in her book, Life Lessons Learned While Shopping, “…it’s important to do some pre-shopping thinking and to have a good plan of action so you don’t overspend or get distracted…” (Ford, p.33) Just doing tasks like this will quickly grow your general knowledge.
Shopping can also help the human condition of instant gratification. Today, we humans are used to getting whatever we want whenever we want it. For example, entertainment, communication, travel, and all the information that humanity has ever known is available instantly through the World Wide Web. Karen Salmansohn, a best selling self help book author says in her article "How Immediate Gratification Has Created Created Pretty Much Every Problem You've Ever Had.". “Our inability to delay gratification not only wreaks havoc in our personal world, but also in our world at large. Look around. There’s a high divorce rate – because people are more apt to end relationships rather than work on them. There’s an epidemic of obesity and plentiful stories of credit card debt. More people than ever are being diagnosed with impulse control disorders. Plus the number of children and adults with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and addictions are all on the rise.” (Salmansohn, Karen. "How Immediate Gratification Has Created Created Pretty Much Every Problem You've Ever Had." Web log post. Notsalmon.com. N.p., n.d. Web.) Smart Shopping not only fosters, but requires delayed gratification. Having to research each item and inspecting the product at the store takes time and effort. This can require a lot of self control especially when it’s possible to click “add to cart” and “buy now” at the first flashy item you see. Shopping has taught me delayed gratification which translates into good character; such as letting other people speak in a conversation, being patient with people who may be getting on my nerves, and just being able to sit tranquilly and enjoy nature. So if we shop sensibly, which sometimes means delaying our gratification, it could lead to very important things like lasting marriages which lead to stable homes which leads to a stable community.
I have shown just a few things that show how shopping can be very beneficial to our society. General knowledge and delayed gratification translate into wise decision making when making a purchase. Wisdom and shopping come together to help save money and enjoy life more. I hope that this essay will make an impact on your life and help you reap the benefits of shopping wisely.
Ford, Amanda. Life Lessons Learned While Shopping. New York, NY: MJF, 2002. Print.
"Karen Salmansohn." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 8 Apr. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.
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