Sometimes, as much as I love Arizona, I miss the winter. Now, one of my favorite things about living here is that I can go visit the snow whenever I want and come back to the perfect weather in Tucson. However, that’s not going to stop me from putting on my favorite winter coats and pretending that it’s actually freezing rather than just chilly.
I got this coat from Wilsons Leather just in time for my last trip to Denver, and it was perfect for the chilly late fall days there. It’s not really cool enough to wear it here, except in the wee hours of the morning. This coat was just another one of my many Black Friday weekend purchases, and it’s a bonus that I bought it from a small business.
As much as I love Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is one thing I love more: shopping small. I love shopping at smaller retailers for a variety of reasons.
- Your gift is more unique.
- You support the local economy.
- You’re supporting a member of your local community.
Although those are the main reasons I love to shop small, there are so many more. Sometimes, I think people avoid shopping small because it seems like more work. Well, that’s just simply not true. You can support small businesses right from the comfort of your kitchen, living room, or bed (hey, I’m not judging), without even needing your wallet or credit card! Pretty cool, right? Not only has this simplified my holiday shopping, but it’s made shopping in general a more pleasurable and simple experience.
I’m talking about PayPal.
Simple as 1, 2, 3:
I used to not like PayPal, for whatever strange reason, but I’ve since grown to love it. By “love it,” I mean I avidly use it whenever I can. Literally, I just used it while writing this post. It’s so fast and easy and I feel better knowing that I can shop securely. PayPal’s One Touch allows you to pay for items in your shopping basket without having to enter credit card or billing details so that means you can get through checkout even quicker – activate it here.
PayPal also offers amazing return shipping refunds called Return Shipping On Us, which can be up to $30 in return shipping costs per order and 12 orders per calendar year. Since I end up returning a lot of what I purchase (yes, I’m an online shopping addict), this is a lifesaver.
So if you think shopping small is too difficult, I hope this squashed those concerns. There are so many benefits to your community when you shop small, so PayPal is just there to make it easier!
So you tell me, what are your favorite small businesses to shop from this holiday season?
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