Jump to content

Online Shopping - A little too easy?

  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#1 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

Has anyone else found that online shopping makes it a little too easy to keep buying 'just one more' present to put under the tree.  

For one, there's so much more choice, and it's so exciting to have parcels arriving at the door.

I keep finding things that the kids just *must have* under the tree.  biggrin.gif

At least I've been restrained and buying things for everyone else, and not myself wink.gif

Edited by SlinkyMalinki, 06 December 2012 - 02:22 PM.

#2 QueenIanthe

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

I find it easier to keep buying for sure because I don't have to carry it. I haven't gone OTT though but I have done the majority of my shopping online and I am so unstressed about Christmas.

#3 Frau Farbissina

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

I find it restricts me a bit. When I am in the shops I find it a lot easier to just buy one more. When shopping online I umm and ahh over things, check prices between RRP in shops here and also usually have to think of postage costs. By the time I hit the final key to make the transaction I've made sure I only have what I really want to get!

Edited by Frau Farbissina, 05 December 2012 - 05:22 PM.

#4 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

Absolutely! My spare room in the garage is slowly filling up with the many bits and pieces I have been accumulating for Christmas. It's just so easy to buy and I know I'm probably going to be a little horrified once I have it all out on Christmas Eve. Oh well, some can be put away for birthdays...

#5 Foogle

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:29 PM

I actually find the opposite.  I was at the shopping centre today for the first time in a couple of weeks and I found myself purchasing opportunistically.  A whole lot more than I do on the Net.

#6 MotherClucker

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

I agree OP. Amazon is evil lol. Id say 90% of my Christmas money has been spent there. PS: They are still saying delivery from the 18-24th today..,

#7 Fright bat

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

I love online shopping. DH an I did ALL our shopping last night while drinking cups of tea and the kids slept. It was bliss. And we bought heaps less because there was no real opportunistic buying, just what was on the list.

#8 whale-woman

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

I think I'm equally bad at the shops or on-line...

#9 Riotproof

Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I find it much easier to say that I'm done when doing online shopping. I also plan and work out exactly what to get, whereas it can be very hard to browse and consider things when you have a toddler with you.

I have no idea how my mother survived without online shopping, although, I think she used to go to Kmart a lot which was open late.

#10 Kay1

Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:30 PM

Yep I have caught myself out with the 'set and forget' mentality. Order some gifts for one child, they take a few weeks to arrive and in the meantime I forget and get them something else. My kids did rather well out of this phenomena last year. blush.gif

#11 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:40 AM

QUOTE (Kay1 @ 05/12/2012, 07:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep I have caught myself out with the 'set and forget' mentality. Order some gifts for one child, they take a few weeks to arrive and in the meantime I forget and get them something else. My kids did rather well out of this phenomena last year. blush.gif

This seems to be my problem too.

Actually, if I know what I'm buying, I'm restrained, but when I'm just browsing looking for ideas, thats when I'm at my worst.

#12 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE (Ferdinand @ 06/12/2012, 09:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I keep a spreadsheet of what I've bought for whom to prevent this. As soon as it's ordered it goes on the list and then I place an x in the 'arrived' column when it's been delivered.

I don't have a spreadsheet, but I do have a notebook in my handbag that I keep up-to-date with whatever I buy, either in store or online.  That way I know when I'm done.  Nearly finished now!  Whew!

#13 **Xena**

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

Apparently studies have found people spend more online and if using credit cards/eftposbecause it's harder to equate with real money.

#14 ekbubby

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

yep all too easy.

I buy a lot online as living in Tasmania there really isn't much of a choice here.

I have bought probably 80% online for Christmas, but yes I do find I buy 'just one more little thing' lol

I also don't really have a list to go buy, I just see something nice, think of who would like it and then buy it.

Shopping is my hobby.. blush.gif

#15 robot sm

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:57 AM

I use online stores as kind of wish-lists, I look around and add things to the cart then I can review it and see how much they add up to.  I rarely actually buy the stuff though, it's more like window shopping.

#16 ~kacee~

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

Definitely. DD has many more presents than I should have bought! I'm bad when I think I'm getting a good deal - and online shops (especially overseas ones) have such good prices that I get sucked in every time.

#17 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:18 AM

QUOTE (SlinkyMalinki @ 05/12/2012, 06:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For one, there's so much more choice, and it's so exciting to have parcels arriving at the door.

I keep finding things that the kids just *must have* under the tree.  biggrin.gif

This is so true! It's been made worse for me because I've ordered everything for the wedding online, so I had a steady stream of shoes, wedding dress, bouquets, table runners, chair sashes, candles, invitations, favour boxes, chocolates etc PLUS all the stuff for Christmas.

I'm currently waiting for the bridesmaid dresses, DSDs dresses and the flower girl dress to arrive, as well as the suits and shirts for the boys.

I did buy a heap of stuff for DSDs... but I normally do and get told to restrain myself LOL Though this year I was a little better.

QUOTE (SlinkyMalinki @ 06/12/2012, 10:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Actually, if I know what I'm buying, I'm restrained, but when I'm just browsing looking for ideas, thats when I'm at my worst.

This! I am the same!

Edited by PussyDids, 06 December 2012 - 10:20 AM.

#18 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

I just have a shopping problem
in store or online
whatever time of year

#19 Bluenomi

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

I find it's too easy to grab things for myself while I'm getting presents. I tihnk I'm paying for postage anyway...

#20 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:23 PM

OMG I ordered DD a big tin spinning top yesterday afternoon, and it just arrived!  New record for quick delivery I think.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


First look at Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget is now in her 40s and is a successful publishing executive - but also has a pregnancy to contend with as well.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Win a Family Farm Trip with Shaun the Sheep

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Shaun the Sheep Movie, Essential Kids and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are offering one winner and their family a holiday to a farm.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Win a Justine Clarke Pyjama Jam! prize pack

The Pyjama Jam! tour will see Justine Clarke returning to more intimate venues around Australia, creating the perfect comfy and cozy atmosphere for a PJ party.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

Silence is golden ... or is it?

Silence is golden, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to children, quite the opposite is true.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Running for beginners: taking the first steps

It's that time of year when the weather warms up and there's more opportunity to get out and go for a jog.

Tips for turning yourself into a morning person

Mornings are a great time to spend time in reflection or to get outside and get moving.

Thousands sign petition for unborn babies killed by domestic violence

Almost 8000 people have signed a petition calling for a law to recognise unborn babies killed by domestic violence in NSW.

Pregnant Sarah Harris tells body-shamers to 'get stuffed'

Television presenter Sarah Harris has a message for anyone who tries to body-shame pregnant women or new mums.

In defence of 'brexting'

Mums spend literally hours a day with a baby attached to their boob, or giving them a bottle. Surely they don't all need to be spent looking at the baby?

How a fellow passenger made a mum's day on a flight

As any parent who has ever travelled with a baby knows it can be a daunting experience. The stares and attitude of unsympathetic fellow travellers only serve to make the journey even more stressful. 


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.