Rehab for online shopping?

Guess how many pairs of Melissa shoes do I own now, since my first pair this January?

Truth: I am a horrible and addicted online shopper. I can buy anything and everything as long as I have a justification for it.

Myth: I am not in debt. I can pay my bills punctually.

With all the ‘friendship fiasco’ going on in the last few weeks, the last thing I need is having my weekends ruined by unnecessary name calling or finger pointing. I’m done with my phone and all ready to scour the world wide web for great deals (with the help of my trusty credit cards). Sometimes I really feel the need to cut up my cards and check into a rehab. But then, I can buy a new pair of shoes and feel better again.

How did it all started?

Back in 2004 when I was still in junior college (high school), I was hooked on Korean dramas which featured plenty of cutesy clothes and accessories. With the introduction of broadband internet in my house and a brother who was away at army and university, I had the whole computer to myself. So I started joining spree-sales on forums, paying little commission to the buyers who import from Korea.

How it escalated?

I found out that I could actually order stuff on my own if I were able to read simple Korean and that was the huge enlightening. After weeks of practicing Korean writing and navigating on the Korean sites, I started my own spree ordering. I moved on to international sites from US and UK then. I had a debit card since I was 17 as I would use it during my vacations. When I landed my first job after university, got credit cards and started buying brands that I would seldom use due to my busy schedule. Shopping online helps me to de-stress. I would even buy random stuff for friends because I found the items pretty/cute. I just thought if I do not have a use for them, I can buy them for my friends. I  bought an artwork a month back and it is hanging in my office like an obituary notice.

The sad fate..

Right. In my last post, I mentioned my lack of finances even after years of work. I pay my parents every month because they sponsored my student tuition. And after all the bills, I do have some cash and I deliberate between spending or saving. If I do save, I will usually spend all of them on a holiday. I will go backpacking for a few weeks and every penny will be gone. Having been through dirty hostels when I was younger, I chose to pay more and live and eat in luxury these days. Again, all luxury flights and hotels were booked online with my trusty credit cards. I still owe the bank but I’m never late on minimum repayments.

Some resolutions..

I’ve mention very often to friends that I intend to go on a year-long trip when I hit 30. Instead of stopping online shopping altogether (impossiboruu!), I shall slow down my purchases by saving them instead of adding them to cart. Then I’ll take a look at my saved items, sieve through and make a final decision on which ones to cart. It sounds tough but I’m dead focus on saving money for my trip and donating to the charity of my choice. I am also going to start packing some unworn purchases and start giving them out. It will give me an idea of what clothes to avoid carting while shopping online.

This morning, I ordered 2 pairs of shoes out of curiosity. I had just found out that the site offered free international shipping and I was hankering for a new pair of shoes after one of my favourite pair broke. That was my justification. I know for sure I will not be buying new ones for the next few months, I think.

Rehab or no rehab?

I refuse to go to rehab!

I have 8 pairs of Melissa shoes and I love the bubblegum smell that comes with every pair!