Or, till your fingers drop.
I have been shopping. As an admitted shopaholic, I never fell in love with online shopping as deeply as I did actual in-store shopping (which is weird since I own an online store). Something about the immediate gratification of walking around, molesting every piece of fabric in the shop, admiring myself in the shop's lopsided skinny mirror, paying and going home with my new treasure just turns me on. Whether or not I'm still in self-admiration mode once I get it on in front of my own real-person mirror is another story. Suffice to say, I typically inquire about a store's return policy before smuggly exiting.
Suddenly, online shopping involves one of my most favoritest things in the world - COUPONS! DISCOUNTS! SALES! It seems everywhere I look there's a new discount website offering 'deals of the day', and I LUV it.
Groupon, BuyWithMe, and LivingSocial are all websites that offer one-day deals that are geo-targeted (you just sign-up for your city). I've bought from all of them - 50% off a pedicure at a new salon close to my office, $15 for $35 worth of food at a restaurant I really like, $59 for a 12-hour Porsche rental (I didn't actually go for the last one but it was a real deal - imagine how much action he'd get if he showed up in that baby on the first date! Who needs a second date anyhow?)
Kids get in on these deals too with websites like Zulily, KidSteals, and Totsy, all sites that offer short-term deals on kids clothes and accessories. I'll be reviewing Zulily shortly (ok fine - after I receive my mail-order haul).
My inbox also keeps warm with daily emails from ShopItToMe, a site that offers a round-up of all online sales going on that are relevant to your favorite stores, brands, colors, sizes, designers, etc. You select all of your choices and every day you will be notified of price reductions on your selections. I've only bought one thing using this service, but if those pesky funds didn't limit my spending habits, I would win 'customer of the year.'
I'm not being paid to promote these stores. I have no real connection to any of them other than that I love this concept of discount social shopping sites. The drawback are obvious: mostly there are no returns or exchanges and you clearly can't try on. But for stuff that you feel safe buying without trying, these sites offer frequent shoppers, like me, great deals on everyday stuff.
And who doesn't love an awesome deal?
You can thank me later...