Virtually addicted to shopping
TODAY I'm wearing a brand new, super cute little shirt that I sneakily bought online without telling my husband.
In fact, I've been doing that a LOT lately…
See, I don't smoke, I don't drink. I don't do drugs and I wear sensible shoes. I also don't have time to get to the shops very often. But every girl needs an outlet.
Men, they have their sheds, their mowers. They tinker and they fix things.
Me, I adore online shopping.
The great thing about online shopping is that I can shop as much as I like, and put all the pretty things I like into the virtual shopping bag, then just walk away.
A particularly nasty shop recently accumulated more than $1200 worth of purchases that I didn't buy!
It's a win/win situation.
I get to go through all the clothing, choose the style, colour and sizes I want …and still not really spend any money. Totally therapeutic, as it helps me channel what could be a total mummy meltdown moment into a harmless and cost effect outlet.
Online Window Shopping is what I call it. I can literally spend hours per week pouring through all the shops that I love, looking for the perfect outfit to wear to the Gympie Show (even though it is still two months away).
Then, of course, seeing that I don't know what the weather will be like for the Gympie Show, I need back-up outfits.
Boots are essential. And a new coat. Nice fitted jeans. Long sleeve top that will keep me warm but still looks nice. All gorgeous outfits that I won't buy. Until maybe they come on sale or I can purchase with accumulated vouchers or discounts.
It must drive the owners of these online stores crazy!
I bet they spend thousands of dollars every year on market research trying to find out why so many people shop, then don't buy. But really, you couldn't do that in a real shop.
Imagine rocking up to Big W, picking all the items up I wanted (and I could really do some damage there) - then plonking it on the register and walking away. I'm sure I would be on their wanted list. They would put my face on a poster and refuse me entry again.
I figure that if I do actually hand over my hard-earned money, I must really really really love it.
Or got it cheap - which is how I'm wearing this cute shirt today.
Jody Allen is the Writer for Stay at Home Mum - http://www.stayathomemum.com.au - Australia's largest online mother's group - based in Gympie.