I’m a classic case of the American stereotype. Mindless consumerism. Want it, not now but yesterday. I have a hard time reigning in my wants and desires.
Lately my eye’s been caught by the Euro-Pro Ninja. I want this in a bad, bad way.
Enter Amazon, the internet’s largest retailer.
There are many great reasons to check Amazon. We’ve used and enjoyed Subscribe & Save, the mp3 store is awesome, and customer feedback has often helped me not buy something I’d regret later. All have been very useful, but right now my heart belongs to My Wish List.
Here’s why. Instead of hitting that “add to cart” button on the object of my desire, it goes into my wish list file. And it sits there for a few days (or weeks, depending on the pricetag). I get to distance myself in hopes of losing the impulse and gaining some perspective. We get an opportunity to really think about if the item is worth it, how it will fit in to our lives, and explore if there’s another, cheaper option.
Funny, after a few days, the object of my desire usually doesn’t seem so desirable, and it gets removed from the Wish List. In regards to the Ninja, my inner monologue is: I have a perfectly good food processor for the heavy work, and a rather cheap but adequate blender for smoothies. The pricetag isn’t terrible, but there’s other places that money can be put to better use. My kitchen is too small for another appliance. There you go, a peek inside my head. You’re welcome.
However, if the flames are still burning after a few weeks, it’s marked for my next order. Because shipping is free when you order $25 or more – and free is awesome. Also, to make less of an environmental impact you should group your purchases together as much as possible. Less shipping, less petroleum the UPS guy burns bringing things to your door.
And here’s a bonus: if you can let it hang out in your Wish List a little longer, Amazon will usually send you an email that your particular item is on SALE! Woo-hoo! Electronics, media, foods, and household items are more likely candidates for discounts than books. If that sweetens the deal enough for you, go for it! But first, make sure you click through our Amazon link so Almost Frugal can get a little love, too.
Do you have any tips to make internet shopping work to your advantage?