Shopping and the internet

5.3.14

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It's hard to imagine life without the internet.  How else will I check, mid-film, where else I've seen the main character?  What would a day without Twitter be like?  Where would I go to look at photos of what people are eating, if Instagram didn't exist?  And where would I fritter away most of my wages each month?

It's a funny old thing, isn't in.  That I can spend so much money shopping, whilst wearing my Primarni comfy pants and sitting on the sofa.  Honestly, if the internet didn't exist, I think I'd be a millionaire.

Exhibit A.  The blogosphere is the world's biggest enabler.  Every day I see fabulous people in fabulous clothes, or read a rave review of the next must-have product.  I remember a time before blogging, when I umm-ed and aaah-ed over buying a £40 pair of boots from River Island, some of which was with birthday money.  Where did that girl go?  These days I'll easily drop that and then head next door to Topshop for more retail therapy.  I live in a perpetual state of fear that things I want will either be sold out, or won't be on offer when I come to buy them.

Besides that, it's the ease with which things can be bought online that really gets me spending.  As I said, I can shop from the comfort of my own home in clothes I'd be ashamed to wear outside.  And then there's the rush you get when the packages start rolling in.  It's like Christmas all over again!  

Sometimes I get the impression that people think I'm a shopaholic.  Don't get me wrong, I'm well on my way, but I think they'd be surprised to learn just how much I get from my money.  I don't click "purchase" unless I've scoured the web for a discount code.  Or two, or three.  They do sometimes have the oppoite effect though, when I find myself buying much more than I originally intended just because of the lure of 20% off!  And I always see if I'd get money back by going through Top CashBack, so I really do get a lot for my money.

I've said it before though, but things have to change.  And this time I mean it.  There's a big reason why I want to start spending less (more on that in the future), and if I don't start being sensible now I never will.  And there's an exciting collaboration on the horizon, with a money saving, rather than spending, focus... so watch out for that!

How did the internet change your life (and your bank balance!)?

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7 comments

  1. Oh god this is like reading about myself! I am terible for buying online...its so easy isnt it? I get that same panic that if I dont buy it now that it will be gone next time I look. I am now having a little Spending ban for a while, have decided I need it but itll be tough! I check my fave clothes sites like people read a newspaper! :/

    Xx

    www.nickikinickie.co.uk

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  2. YES!!!
    I do 99.9% of my shopping online because it is too easy!!!
    I really need to limit the amount i buy!! :/

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  3. Ahh you are so right, the blogosphere is DEFINITELY an enabler! I just spent literally an hour agonizing over which blusher and which Benefit product to buy...I wouldn't "need" Porefessional without the bloggy world, that's for sure!

    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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  4. My current problem is random impulse buying of Ebay tat. A few quid here and there adds up! Darn you Paypal for being so simple to use!

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  5. I completely agree with you - the internet is the worst enabler! I am quite controlled when it comes to spending but I find myself using the internet all of the time.. I don't know what I would do without Twitter and my blog! x

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  6. I just wanted to leave a little comment to say that I am really enjoying the direction that your blog is going in. I'm really enjoying reading your posts, a lot of them (spending) resonate with me and the personal goals and aspirations that I have for myself and my partner in the near future.

    In general, it feels like you are really finding your blog style. Keep up the good work, it's appreciated!

    Sasha x

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  7. I am the same, ebay addict. One clear out and pending lent means I am stepping away!

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