Sales Alerts / E-mails
These are my biggest trigger. When I get coupons/discount codes, it's even worse! I mindlessly click over and look, almost if it's a game and the winner finds the most things to buy that are 'awesome' and 'a great deal'.
New Arrivals / Curiosity
I'm hunting for things I have identified as 'needs' on my list. It's hard not to constantly check to see what great new things are available each day!
Spare Moments / Boredom
I spend a lot of spare time browsing because it's do easy to do and requires no effort. Laziness/ tiredness and procrastination are probably my biggest issues. It's not like there is nothing else to do- they just require more effort.
Emotional Distraction / Fantasy Indulgence
When I'm upset or stressed, shopping is soothing. I can mentally escape and fantasize about purchases and how they will make me look, feel, and fill a 'need' while 'completing' my closet (collection).
Fear Of Missing Out
I have a serious fear of missing out. I hate the idea of not getting that perfect item because it sold out! This fuels a lot of my habits around shopping- looking for the perfect item, then getting it before it's gone.
I also notice I look forward to the arrival of the items I have ordered. When I am not waiting for any packages, I still feel the need to check my porch for boxes! It's disappointing for some reason to not have anything to really look forward to receiving. This probably is because I don't do much of anything outside of work and home, and don't have anything else new to look forward to.
There was not a day that went by that I did not at least LOOK to see what the new arrivals were at my favorite store. I often browsed several times a day. I was so used to it, I did it mindlessly without a thought or plan. Like taking a walk in the park and stopping to smell the flowers, but with the compulsion to take EVERY flower you liked back home with you.
There are several things I can do to reduce my overshopping.
1) Cut down the amount of browsing I do (in progress- see yesterday's post!)
2) Find motivation to not shop (set a savings goal and a reason to save): Plane tickets to Mexico for winter vacation.
3) Find alternative things to do with my time other than online shopping! Gardening, playing outside with my daughter, reading, writing.
4) Set up more things to look forward to that involve spending time with friends and family, not getting new things delivered in the mail.