I am a huge fan of online shopping, so much so that I am trying to remember the last item I bought in a store. A real store with humans inside, not a kiosk or a vending machine.
Supermarkets don’t count because everyone needs food and until we are getting all our food delivered to our doors, this one isn’t going away. I got a haircut last Friday (so I figure I have another week until it stops looking awkward), but since I didn’t come out of there with an item, that doesn’t count either.
My Recent Online Purchases
I can remember my last few online purchases. I bought a $44 router on Amazon so that I can stop paying Time Warner $4 a month (and I hear they are increasing the rental cost to $6/month next billing cycle). That should pay for itself pretty quickly and reduce our cost of cable and internet slightly.
I also bought an ankle brace recently (also on Amazon, I love Amazon Prime and their free 2-day shipping!) because I rolled my ankle pretty badly playing basketball and want to prevent it from happening again. It’s a little awkward, but for $16 I can’t complain. And I definitely feel more stable with it.
My Most Recent In-Store Purchases
I had to look up my most recent in-store purchase on Mint. Now that I see it, I remember (and also see why I didn’t remember it) It was $1.73 for a two-pack of Advil at the airport 10 days ago. Pretty unforgetable. I had a huge headache and didn’t want to sit on a plane ride in discomfort. While paying $0.87 per pill isn’t my idea of a bargain (turns out you can get them for less than 5 cents per pill. Thanks San Francisco), I didn’t really have much of a choice.
Before that, my last purchase was nearly 3 weeks ago, picking up some medication at CVS (I have only taken 2 sick days over the past 2 years, so having two medical related purchases in a month has to be a record for me).
I Am Reliant On The Internet
I have no problem with how much I rely on the Internet to get me what I want and need. There are lots of reasons it’s better than having to go places to pick up. It’s easier, more convenient (I can shop from anywhere), and saves me a lot of time. Plus, it’s a lot easier to return an item if it doesn’t fit right or something. No more trips to the store just to return one item.