I’m breaking up with online shopping.

Posted 28 Feb 2011 in Abigail, paparazzi, RAD, retail therapy

I know, I know. Really, I’m okay. I’m not having a psychological break, nor do you need to phone the authorities.

I’ve thought this through, and it needs to happen.

When I was pregnant, I started browsing sites like babysteals.com and mamabargains.com. When something seemed useful, I’d buy it. Abby was born, and I joined Gilt Groupe, One Kings Lane, Zulily, Mini Social…the list goes on and on.

Instead of buying things I needed to prepare for a baby, I started to buy things that were cute. That I convinced myself she (or I) would need. Or, OMFG THAT IS SO CHEAP I HAVE TO BUY IT.

Don’t get me wrong, most things I purchase are usually for Abby, and she does (or will) wear them. However, Abby currently has 9 pairs of shoes. And clothes going all the way up to 4T in her closet.

And last month alone I spent almost $200 shopping online. It grosses me out to admit that. The worst thing is that I’m constantly living paycheck to paycheck. Now I know why.

The first step will be to unsubscribe to the daily emails I get from those member sites. THAT is what gets me. The second, much bigger step is to not allow myself to buy anything online. I’m going cold turkey for at least this month, if not another. (This does not include paying bills or buying plane tickets, this is about retail purchases.)

If I can do that, I’ll allow myself to browse when something is needed to find a better price, but I need to practice restraint.

So, there’s my challenge. Anyone care to join me? If there’s enough interest, I’ll make a badge that we can wear proudly. :)

And now, I’ll leave you with some pics of the Abs Cadabs.



  1. I am in the same heap of trouble. I online shop all the time. Usually, I buy a heap of stuff, keep what fits, and send the rest back. Often, nothing fits, so I send it all back and start over. I find more sizes available online, which is what gets me. But I know that the convenience and thrill of it DO cause me to buy more than I normally would. I am going to try to take on the challenge, too! A soon as I send back the jeans I just ordered today 😐
    The Sweetest recently posted..I’m a Vampire With an Urge to Shop My Profile

  2. Not….strong….enough….must….look….at….VS….sale….

  3. I just unsubscribed to a bunch of emails yesterday. We are doing a spending freeze for the month of march and it’s gonna be hella hard. But we want a new house. So I’m like, hmmmm, new house or new shoes? It should be obvious to me but it hasn’t been. I really like shoes.
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  4. I’m with you. I actually unsubscribed to most everything a while ago because I found that the prices at most sites actually weren’t that good. They SEEMED good in the email with all the exclamation points and sale-sy words and such, but really they weren’t. I can do better trolling the clearance rack at Gap.
    Burgh Baby recently posted..Green Eggs and Ham and Potato and Spinach Frittatas are TOTALLY the Same Thing My Profile

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