I find myself amazed at how much impulse buying I did, and to be truthful, I still have my days. With not working, I just don’t go as many places……but there still is the Internet! My absolute biggest pet peeve is shipping charges, so I know I can be sucked into “free shipping” situations.
One of the things we have been talking about lately is culling, downsizing, getting rid of stuff, whatever you want to call it. It is a continual practice and should always be done responsibly. In this process, we seriously have to ask ourselves about buying things, when we are getting rid of things. Towels wear out, replace old towels; but there are so many OTHER things that just.take.room.
I have done my share of garage sale shopping in my younger years and this is not something I would say NEVER to; but it’s not part of my life because I don’t NEED most of that stuff!
Our family is big on gift cards—not because we don’t like to shop, but because in many ways we don’t want more things lying around. We are at different stages in life: my Mom loves Amazon and iTune cards, and always likes a restaurant card in her wallet. My husband buys whatever he needs and he’s impossible to buy for. I just keep telling the kids—I like going out to dinner! For myself, there might be something that I would use a gift card for, perhaps an accessory. My daughter just treated me to getting my nails done. I loved it! My son and DIL are building a home and they are at a stage of life of accumulating—my daughter is expecting her second child and doesn't know where she’s going to put him/her. We are all at different places.
At some point in time, you will probably get a gift card for someplace that you can’t possibly use. For example, don’t buy me a Starbucks© card! I guess they do have pastries, but I have never liked coffee. If you find yourself in that situation; I would like to recommend a web site called Raise. Specifically, within today’s discussion, I would like to point you to a blog entry here about impulse buying which really caused me to think in some new ways regarding impulse buying. This site is a very good resource for the psychology behind buying and selling.
I admit, I do use Groupon and Living Social; but I am disciplined about it. I only buy what I will use. Notice I did not say I buy what I need; I have used these to treat myself to manicures and so forth. I once bought a BOGO deal to a tour of the Great American Ball Park on a day the Reds were out of town. It was fascinating, and my husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. So, you have to ask yourself if this is something you really want?
Let’s be careful and not get sucked into “deals” that we don’t need. It’s great for a gift, you know you are going to give eventually, or just a treat for yourself. Just be aware.