I think the desk attendant at my apartment building thinks I’ve been doing some crazy online shopping as of late. It seems like every day, I’m getting another package.
Well, he’s partly right, but partly wrong. This week I got a bunch of boxes that I shipped to myself. Some held Christmas gifts that I received while at my parents’ house, others contained stuff I cleaned out of my old bedroom while I was there. I haven’t lived with my parents for years – you would think I would have done this by now. Perhaps when I actually lived within a reasonable driving distance, for example.
But I have been doing a bit of online shopping these past few days. A lot of it was planned shopping. I wanted to stock up on a few items that are FSA eligible, and had to wait until January first to order. I also had a few birthday coupons I wanted to use. Typically, I go to the mall for my birthday and blow my birthday funds, but this year, I decided to shop online instead. I wandered the mall right after Christmas and didn’t see what I wanted, plus I knew that I would spend less if I bought the few things I knew I wanted (new pants, a perfume set) online rather than wandering around stores.
It kind of takes the fun out of it a bit, but I’m saving a good chunk of money this way. It’s money I’ve earmarked for spending on myself – clothes and shoes and that sort of thing. But this way, I can spread out the spending (and thus, the fun) a little bit more.