Living out in the country has it’s perks but shopping isn’t one of them. The thought of having to load up the kids in the car and drive an hour to shop doesn’t sound appealing for me or them. Normally, I just take them in and out one store if I really need something. Going to several different stores with them just isn’t something that I try to do. The kids are already antsy from having to ride for an hour but expecting them to behave and not want any of the toys or foods that are in stores is just not realistic. This reason alone, makes me so thankful for online shopping.
I became an Amazon Prime member three years ago and never regretted the decision since. I buy anything from printer ink, shoes, snacks and now diapers from Amazon and it’s delivered to my doorstep within two days. I just LOVE two day shipping, it has spoiled me! My last Amazon purchase consisted of a vacuum, two pool floats, diapers and wipes. SUCH A RANDOM grouping of items but hey, it’s what I realized I needed and quickly! And although, I love a good Target trip, I always go in with a list in my head and leave with a buggy full of items I really didn’t need and cost me a big chunk of money.
I’ve been trying really hard to keep my buying to a minimum and constantly purging items from our house. I am obsessed with all of the information I’ve found via Pinterest with lists of random things to purge and how to live a minimalist lifestyle and although I am not a complete minimalist I am trying to transition little by little. The easiest way that I can do that is by staying out of stores. I am such an emotional shopper and I do it to fill a void. Whenever I physically go into a store I feel like I cannot stop myself from buying one of everything. SO, this is another reason I try and steer clear of going on shopping trips. I want my life to be more about experiences than things and anytime I bring something into my house I try and really rationalize if it’s needed. Looking at the world and what other people live daily without, puts things into perspective for me. Keeping this in mind, helps me not buy things just to buy them.
So, other than using Amazon Prime for everything you could think of, I also shop a few other sites. Cleaning supplies from Norwex. Makeup, skin care, kids products and sunscreen from Beautycounter. Essential oils from Young Living. Probiotics, multivitamins, and organic tampons from Grove Collaborative. And of course, I do buy random pieces of clothing but I always aim for keeping a time capsule wardrobe where one piece of clothing is multifunctional with other pieces that I own.
I really have enjoyed taking a step back from shopping trips and using that time to do fun things by myself, with my husband or my kids. It’s really wild when you put life into perspective and spend more time being present over buying presents.