Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Problem

So here's the deal.

I developed my unhealthy obsession with Ebay at the tender and impressionable age of 12.  If I remember correctly, my first purchase was something decidedly adolescent, like an imitation driver's license of a Backstreet Boy.  My initial dabble with internet auctions pre-dated the blessed service known as PayPal, so I believe I sent a check through the mail and received my purchase two weeks later.

Fast forward to the present.  Since October 2007, I have purchased approximately 250 items through Ebay.  Mostly clothes, but there's a home decor item or two thrown in there, as well.  While I typically average about one purchase a week, there are days (like today) when I fall prey to an all out online shopping binge.  And I'd be lying if I claimed that Ebay was my only vice.  I'm also quite fond of Amazon and the incredibly dangerous J. Crew final sale page.

It adds up fairly quickly.  And while I love the rush of finding a package on my doorstep, I'd also like to save some money for 2014 European Tour and/or a down payment on a house.  While I'm in a comfortable and secure financial state, I could benefit from putting aside a little more money each month. 

The problem isn't just centered around my spending, either.  In my lean undergrad days, I genuinely enjoyed the creative challenge of putting together an outfit using the meager selections from my budget-conscious wardrobe.  Though I still had a bit of an Ebay addiction, my spending threshold was much lower and I typically adopted a "buy whatever Anthropologie item you can find for less than 10 dollars" approach.  My outfits were typically a hodgepodge of vintage consignment store finds, hand-me-downs from my mother, and pre-owned Ebay wins.

Over the past couple of months, I've realized how much I've missed the challenge of doing more with less.  There are two many blouses still boasting tags in my closet, yet I'm always seeking my next bidding "fix."  

It's time to hit the reset button.  In the coming days, I'll be compiling a set of guidelines for a creative and financial detox.  I'd love some company in my endeavors, so feel free to leave a comment if you're interested in joining me.

(Full disclosure - I definitely splurged on a Blogger theme on Etsy.  See?  I have a problem!)

1 comment:

  1. I really had no idea it was getting that bad. I'm sure you'll find this experiment rewarding! (Especially in retrospect from Amsterdam/London/Paris!)