Baby steps to financial freedom

I mean, it’s really no surprise to anyone that I like online shopping. Honestly, I think the whole process has ruined me for regular shopping.

Online, I simply type “open back draped dress green” into a Google shopping search, and every available option pops up. I walk into Macy’s, and I’m like this:

THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY THINGS AND NO SENSE OF ORGANIZATION.

Anyway.

Unfortunately, the ease of online shopping is also a curse. Because it’s so dang easy to shop ALL the time.

Take what happened a few days ago. Did I wake up thinking, “Hmm…I wonder if Nordstrom has a super cute striped coral dress on sale for $19 that I can also get free shipping on with a coupon code I’ll find online, plus 13 percent cash back on Ebates?”

No. No, I did not.

But then I got the dang email newsletter advertising the sale, and the subsequent email from Ebates with their double cash back offer, and the next thing you know, I’m entering my PayPal info and the dress is on my doorstep a few days later.

On one hand, a $19 (incredibly adorable) dress from Nordstrom is a great deal. On the other, would I have gone on to live a totally fulfilled life if I had never known it existed?

I mean, probably. It is a super cute dress.

But the point is, when you’re trying to remove temptation from your life (whether it’s chocolate chip cookies, negative association, or spontaneous online shopping) it doesn’t help if someone is constantly throwing triggers in your face.

Which is why over the last week I’ve unsubscribed from about twelve email newsletter lists.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but I’ve held back because a) I like knowing when the stores I like have a sale and b) I like receiving exclusive coupon codes for products I like.

In the end though, I decided to cut ties because, honestly, a quick Google search can bring up just about any available current code on the internet. And I would rather buy something I want that just happens to be on sale, rather than buy something simply because a sale happens to be occurring. Actually, I would rather just not buy anything at all. I still have that credit card to pay down, ya know?

And, of course, I haven’t even missed the newsletters.

Do you ever opt-out of email newsletters? Have you ever regretted it? I’d also love to hear any super easy money-saving tips you have in the comments!