As if my readers weren't already painfully aware of all my clearly insane personality traits, I've decided to let you all in on one more.
As I mentioned in the prior post Caught in the Web, one of the first things I do every morning is check Groupon and LivingSocial (plus various other deal websites). Whoever invented the idea of daily deal websites is literally the devil. Today, they had a deal for $18 worth of drinks at Dive Bar for a mere $9! Since moving back to Sacramento, Dive Bar and the rest of the K street gang have been my bars of choice. Naturally, I bought it.
I send Rob the link in gchat with lots of excited words and exclamation points. His response? "You're funny". I realized just yesterday around the same time I sent him a link to a deal in Reno ($49 for a night with dinner included!). His response was something like, "You just got back from Tahoe, Santa Maria and LA for a week plus we're going to Orlando in 2 weeks and you're still looking for vacation deals?!" And suddenly it started to sink in, I'm addicted.
I'm addicted to shopping for deals. I always knew I had a minor shopping problem. Forever 21 has literally inhaled my paycheck for well over 8 years. But when I started working a full time job, gone were the days of daytime shopping. What better to fill that void than the daily deal websites? As I entered my e-mail into my 5th deal website, I felt the euphoria of money savings wash over me. I even have daily deal websites for purely craft and scrapbooking material sending me e-mails. I anxiously await my e-mail with this week's travel deals and don't even get me started on the flow of Coach, Express and Macy's e-mails I get.
The good news is the probability of purchase is not correlated to the amount of time I spend searching for deals. To date, I've only bought 5 things on my daily deal websites (movie tickets, eyeshadow on Hautelook.com, a subscription to Cosmo and Disney magazine and today's Dive bar deal). That fact alone should qualm my fears about the severity of my shopping problem. But my problem isn't spending money, it's the amount of time I spend looking at deals.
Oh well, at least I have a lot of time on my hands.