Do convenience stores count as ” Family Outings ” ?

Ever since EveryWhere fun has shut down (amusement parks, concerts, festivals, need I go on…)

Just about Anywhere beats sitting at home

All the random goods at convenience stores, convenience shops, corner stores, or whatever you call them are more than enough to keep me occupied for a solid half-hour. And let’s be real, the prices are quite budget-friendly for a broke student like myself.

Ever since I was a child I’ve always enjoyed browsing the snacks, drinks, confectionery, and magazines at convenience stores. Which begs the question, can convenience stores actually count as family outings since they actually do a pretty good job at keeping kids occupied?

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Convenient Store – Takeaways

There are plenty of drinks and food items available for less than $2, meaning that even a child’s pocket change can cover the ‘expenses’. Give them a five-dollar bill, and they’ll be set for at least the next 45 minutes. Parents could even give their children a little lesson on budgeting and figuring out how to get the most bang for their buck while they’re browsing the isles.

              Top Takeaways

  • So, entertaining? Check.

  • Educational? Check.

  • Away from your home? Check.

So am I trying to say that convenience stores will solve any and all boredom among family settings.

Of course not– I’m just trying to prove the point that you can still have some good old-fashioned family fun despite the world turning upside down.

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Our Challenges

Using this pandemic as an excuse to halt any kind of family ‘festivities’ sets a bad example for children, who are still learning to take a flexible approach towards the things life throws at them, and it forces you to adopt a “waiting mentality”.

I’ll just wait till this is all over and then our family life will return to normal.

Of course, that’s the easiest approach to take towards all this,

but when has “easy” ever led to long-term positive results? I think never.

To be honest, none of us have any idea when or if things are ever going to return to “normal.” Myself and quite a few others believe the world is transitioning into what can be call a “new normal.” Things are very clearly changing, and it would be easier on all of us if we’re willing to adapt and focus on the positive changes.

And let’s be real–if you’re able to get it into your child’s mindset now that convenience stores count as family outings, then your child will probably grow up to be a lot more content with the simple things in life.

Who needs Disney World when you’ve got Sheetz down the block?


Our Attitudes

Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I think you get my point.

I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to make lemonade out of lemons. And there might never be a better time. But think about how cool it’ll be for anyone who looks at you even slightly like a role model to see how smooth you are at adapting to new circumstances. Prove that it’s possible and gradually others will follow suit. Especially your family members.

Just remember, that a safe family outing includes

  • Masks

  • Staying 6 feet away from others

  • Washing hands frequently

  • & Keeping your children near you

Final Thoughts

If you’re ever on-the-go and need some help locating either a convenience store or gas station near you, Pingster may just be your life-saver. Pingster is the only social network that allows you to search for locations and photos with a self-adjusting gauge.

Adjust your visual reach of images and GPS coupons by fine tuning the app’s radial dial  from (1 – 20 miles).  Just search the name of your favorite store or station and you’ll be good to go seeing all the visual experiences of locations shared by other users.

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