Don’t get me wrong. I love the girl to pieces. Yet the fact remains…she taught me a bad habit. A very bad habit.
Because they live on our property, we share a mailbox. I collect their mail, meaning, all of her packages. The UPS man stops here so regularly we’re on a first name basis, so you can see where I’m going with this. Yes, she shops online. A lot. It started me wondering. Why? Does she get good deals? Does she save time or gas? What’s the attraction?
My first forays began so innocently. Amazon, so naturally Amazon Prime, meaning free shipping! What’s not to love, right? Who could argue with that? Do you realize just how quickly a person can rack up money spent online? A single click and boom! Suddenly I’m a proud owner of…more stuff.
I quickly banned trips to Amazon to once a week, and only with list in hand. Then I discovered…you might want to cover this piece of information with your hand, it’s that explosive in nature… (and if you’re reading aloud, just whisper here) Tophatter–the most decadent and deceiving app of them all. You see the picture. They tell you the retail price. They show you the instantaneous savings. The bidding lasts just two minutes, so you dare not contemplate on whether or not you need it or where in the world you would put it…hurry up! Bid already! Bid again! Boom! Now you really own more stuff, especially if you check it out several times a day, just to see what’s there, of course.
When I started adding up what I spent (as opposed to what I supposedly saved), I quickly realized yet another site needed banning. I blame all this on my DIL, whom I love dearly and who, I am sure, buys only what she needs, because she is amazing. But I ask you, is she worth her weight in stuff? Because that’s what my unbridled obsession stacks up to equal or exceed. Yes, she’s a very bad influence. And, I repeat, I love her dearly.