Confessions of an Online Shopping Addict
I confess: I'm addicted to online shopping.
I try to control my addiction throughout the year. I set a holiday budget, and begin purchasing items to gift for the following year, while deep discounts still exist immediately following Christmas. I have an entire closet of "future gifts" and have perfected my gift-giving so much that I finish my shopping for everyone on our list around Halloween - definitely by Thanksgiving each year. But it's at that time that the enticing emails start pouring in. . . .
Black Friday Doorbuster Deep Discounts!
Cyber Monday Steals: Buy The Hottest Gifts Before They Run Out!
ONE DAY ONLY: Up to 75% off in store or online!
I work on my laptop all day long, so there's really no escaping the emails. I could opt-out of the store emails, but then I'd miss all of these fantastic deals! I'd lose money if I opted-out of them, right? It makes me smile and I get practically giddy to see these sales in my inbox, just as the trees go barren and the landscape goes gray and dreary out my office window.
Deal of the Days, Extended Cyber Monday sales, Last Day to save 25% and Free Shipping. . . I'm a sucker and get lured in, even though I don't NEED to buy any of these things right now - just to be able to take advantage of these discounts on things I know I'll need eventually. LeapFrog Tag books only $9.99? They're $13.99 at most toy stores near us - so with free shipping if I spend enough, I'm saving money! I'll get the Tag Jr books for my niece - her birthday's in February, so I'll have her birthday gifts done too. Nordstrom sweaters for $39 or $59? Well, I already have my mom and sisters' Christmas gifts . . .hmm . . . my youngest sister's birthday is in February - great! Have her birthday done now. 20% off of Kelly Hughes personalized platters? Fantastic - have all of Li'l Boo's teachers gifts done. Already picked up teacher gifts on sale a year ago? Use those for soccer and TaeKwonDo coaches . . . or maybe my aunts.Continued on the next page