Financial

I Quit “Window Shopping” for One Week

It’s a tactic a lot of people use – put together a wish list, put it in your online shopping bag, and then delete it after you get that small satisfaction. I thought it was something neurotic I did, but apparently happens frequently.

Because I have a little over 3 months to go and so few items left in my “allowance” that I can buy, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could stay away for 7 days. And I thought it would be interesting to see how much time I wasted on browsing.

Last Sunday afternoon (March13), I did something I don’t think I’ve done in at least a couple years. I closed the browser window I kept open for Nordstrom. It was a place I visited daily, and I’d always browse through the “what’s new” section to add to my wish list. I’m sure it wasn’t helping my poor shopping habits. And seriously, how much could I really miss in a week? Yeah, something might go on sale or sell out, but I’m trying NOT to buy stuff. It was time to cut the cord.

And now here I am a week later. The times I was really busy, I didn’t think about it at all. The times where I didn’t have a lot on my plate, it was tougher. I had to think of something else to do to occupy the time. So I did things like read, work on some writing, clean around the house, etc.

I realized a couple things during this week. First, spending so much of my downtime browsing doesn’t help my bad shopping habit. Second, I wasted a lot of time browsing, and when I forced myself to stay away from it, I had time to finish not all, but several of the things I wish I had time for but thought I had been too busy.

I didn’t realize what having just a browser window open for easy access had such a big impact on my habits and time. Now I do, and I can do something about it.

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