28 March 2011

The Forbidden Shopping Fruit

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: shopping, travel

As I mentioned last week, I’m in hard-core savings mode for Italy and I’m not a fan of it anymore. I know it will be worth it but after four months of heavy saving, I WANT TO SPEND MONEY. Disposable income? I MISS YOU SO MUCH.

Oh and it’s 20 degrees in Chicago, so winter is back and that is not helping me be distracted from shopping either.

So this intense savings time has made me rely heavily on online window shopping (thank you Pinterest for keeping me sane) and making a list of what I want to buy post-trip so I don’t go out and buy it now. But this desire to spend money has also lead me to actively window shop for things I absolutely do not need.

It’s as if my brain just likes the creative stimulation of non-trip-related research and mentally buying things. That’s what I’m telling myself at least :)

For example, here are things I’m window shopping for that I don’t need:

Condos – I blame my intense HGTV addiction for this. I online shop condos and get design/decorating ideas as well from places like Pottery Barn, Pinterest and Anthropologie. It’s intense. Sometimes, I daydream what I would do to decorate those condos, like install double ovens, butcher block countertops…take me away…

Wallets – I found a charming Louis Vuitton wallet two weekends ago that I was coveting pretty hard core. I had no intention of buying it, but looking at it, when I absolutely don’t need it, was interesting

Other trips – Yes, I have a trip within a month and the planner part of me is already very loosely researching my summer trips to Portland, Seattle, Louisana and Vancouver. Seriously, I need to stop!

Cosmetics – I have more samples and beauty products than a Nordstrom counter. I don’t need more of this stuff but I cannot resist in looking. Um, getting samples of products I’m looking at don’t hurt right?

Clearly, I need to start reading again and avoiding any store unless my item to purchase meets a rigorous screening of “do I need this before my trip? No really, do I?”

Do you online shop for forbidden things? If so, what?

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  1. Anthropologie is definitely my eye-candy crack. I go so far as to put things in my online shopping bag that will never be purchased.

    HGTV is really good at making it seem that homeownership is all painting the walls and picking out countertops, but I can assure you it’s not nearly that fun :) Instead of buying paint I’m debating over new insulation and a termite inspection and moaning and groaning at the cost.

  2. I like your determination! I’m trying desperately not to spend money on anything that’s not needed as I’m trying to pay off my credit card. It’s SO hard though. I surprisingly want the new Britney cd, but… I must resist! lol

  3. Megan says:

    I’m always finding things to buy online, from make-up to cooking supplies to home decor. I always bookmark the sites and put them in a Firefox folder called ‘Shopping’. Usually, in a day or two I’ve forgotten all about whatever it was I wanted to buy…this saves me money every time! It also shows that I really didn’t need or want those things after all. They were just impulse decisions I probably would have regretted. Hope this helps!

  4. katelin says:

    i cannot stop looking at trips i want to take. i keep finding deals and then i tell myself, NO! also i keep apartment shopping wishing i could afford a bigger place on a smaller budget, haha. oh the joys of window shopping.

  5. we are so alike…

    temptation be damned!

  6. I’m always researching for new trips, so I can relate to that! And I recommend Seattle!!! (and Portland though I haven’t been there yet!)

  7. It will be SO WORTH it when you get to Italy and can shop to your hearts content.

    Go to the leather market in Florence – omg SO MUCH amazing stuff you will just want to buy it all. Shopping in Venice was also super fun, that’s where I got my gorgeous leather bag :)

  8. Yes, I do most of my shopping online, and I’ll frequently “window shop” by adding items to my cart but not actually purchasing them. Or making myself wait a week. If they’re still in stock, and I still really want them, sometimes I’ll buy then, but it helps me to really assess how much I want the items.

  9. Erin says:

    I check several store websites at least once a day. Darn those tempting emails they send me!

    I also admit to window shopping for houses/condos. I have expensive tastes, though, so I don’t do it very often for fear of getting depressed!

  10. Okay, what is Pinterest? Let’s start there!

    I window shop a lot. Even though I just bought a new home I am always on the lookout. I shop online for shoes and clothes a lot too but right now I am holding out due to upcoming car repair and the need to replace my precious Ray Ban’s. Oh and vacations….I am looking at those daily. I want to go somewhere like Costa Rica this winter.

  11. i “window” shop online…but that normally leads to purchases lol.

  12. Melinda says:

    I’m usually really good at window shopping, which I do mostly online, except for makeup! I spend way too much money on makeup. Other things, like the amazing cameras and handbags, I covet are a lot easier for me to resist.

  13. I window shop for houses. The fancy kitchens, I die!

  14. Sarah says:

    I love Pinterest!

    I’ve cut way back on the spending too, unfortunately (fortunately?). No big plans for Italy (although I’m looking forward to hearing about yours), but a couple of mini vacations planned for this year!

  15. mandy says:

    Window shopping is the best. Currently, I’m window shopping for shoes, clothes, and trips. Sadly I’m on a spending freeze too. It does suck. However, once you get to Italy, you will forget about all the things that you wanted to buy but didn’t.