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:



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!

11 thoughts on “Baby steps to financial freedom

  1. Ok, so not that you need another reason to spend money through Ebates, but when you already know you want to buy something (see, I’m trying to help, no newsletter updates necessary), even if it’s in the store, check if it’s online and order it through Ebates. This might also help with impulse buying because you won’t get that instant gratification of getting it in the store, but instead will have some time to think about the purchase?

    This weekend I bought a chair for camping from Cabela’s (I know, I know so glamorous). Well, they have them in the store, but instead I went through Ebates, selected in-store pick-up (so no shipping charges!) and will be able to pick up my chair in a few days with some cash back in my account.

    Bam. 🙂

    • Oh, I definitely already do that haha. My biggest issue with the newsletters is that when I see someone is having a super sale (or that I will get 13% cashback as opposed to the usual 6%), I feel this weird need to take advantage of the savings. But spending money to save money makes zero sense, thus my newsletter purge.

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that I have my VISA number memorized. The Athleta dress I’m waiting for is the result of an email, my impulsivity and my Melty.

    • Ooh that WOULD be dangerous. That’s why Paypal is such a curse for me. It makes it way too easy to buy something without even having to dig up my debit card!

  3. I’m not sure why I’ve never thought about doing that before, but it’s a great tip! It’s all too easy to just purchase things on a whim even thought I wasn’t planning on spending money that day, week, etc.

    • I used to always feel like I was going to miss out on something if I unsubscribed, but I haven’t missed them at all!

  4. I think this is a great idea – i have definitely opted out of newsletters and i don’t feel like i’m missing anything. if i were trying to expand my wardrobe or on the lookout for new pieces then maybe i’d subscribe but i feel like you’re right, its a super cute dress, but you would have a fulfilled life without it. so if you’re nto looking to spend money then its good to not even know what you’re missing 🙂

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