Taking a break from online shopping
I’m trying to do without Ocado, eBay or Amazon or any form of online shopping for at least the next two months. It is just too easy for me to spend money online without thinking and lots of small purchases on eBay and Amazon all add up.
This means that if I want to buy something I will have to hand over money or my bank card in person in an actual shop or market. I will also have to carry whatever I buy back into the house myself instead of having things magically appear through the post. Hopefully I will spend significantly less money this way.
It’s so tempting to think, ‘I work really hard earning this money, I’m entitled to a few treats’ but I’ve decided I have to cut back on my spending. This is necessary because my credit card bill is consistently higher than it should be and over the last 3 years I’ve been chipping into our savings when actually I should be building them back up again.
So why am I telling you this? Two reasons:
1. I want to be upfront about the fact that I am trying to be less of a shopaholic, as this will hopefully help me maintain my willpower in the face of lots of temptation. I don’t want to have to write a blogpost admitting that I bought something else online before my two months is up! (You will have noticed that several of my blogposts have been about purchases I have made online. I still have a couple more blogposts to write based on recent online purchases, but after that I’ll start to write about things I’ve found in actual shops!)
2. I read a very interesting post called There is no excuse to pay too much by Nicki Cawood on her Curly and Candid blog. Nicki talks about various things she is trying to do to avoid wasting money and I commented on her post. I then realised that my comment on her post might be a good starting point for a post of my own…
The background to all of this is that my husband H stopped work when I went back to work full-time after our son was born, and this effectively means our income has halved. So I just can’t carry on spending at the same rate.
One good thing to note is that during the time I’ve been blogging I have spent slightly less time and money on eBay, Amazon etc. because I can’t blog and shop at the same time!
I’ll let you know how I get on with this attempt to completely give up online shopping for a couple of months. If it doesn’t do the trick it may be that something more drastic is required, for example cutting up my credit card! But I’m hoping that sticking to real shopping will mean that I can still shop, albeit in a more conscious and thoughtful and less extravagant way.
What do you think of this? Have you ever tried to cut back on your spending? Do you have any tips for me?