Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Too Much Online Shopping

Do you do too much online shopping?

Well, it’s official that I do too much online shopping. You know how I know?

I was leaving for work the other day. I had on my phone a test message from Amazon telling me I had a package coming by 8:00 pm. I knew it was the Season 4 DVD of Leverage, which I pre-ordered the day I found out when it was coming it. But I had to leave for work by 6:00 pm.

As I was heading outside to my car, I saw the UPS truck up the street. My car was parked near it. As I approached my van, the UPS man was coming out of a building. He saw me and flagged me down.

He spoke to me, by my full name, and told me to hold on a second. Fifteen seconds later, he emerged from his truck with my package. He had me sign for it right there and wished me a good evening.

I was glad to have my DVD, which I had been wanting for months. But I felt like perhaps I do too much shopping. Wedding gift deliveries aside, this man knew my name. He recognized my face and grabbed my package out of the truck.

Does your UPS man know your face? Your full name? If he does, you do too much online shopping. Because of my own experiences, I’ve come up with a list to help you realize you’ve gone too far.

Disclaimer: I don’t have any solutions to the problem. I don’t intend to stop my online shopping, it’s so convenient since I’m usually sleep during business hours.

Signs You Shop Online Too Much

  1. Your UPS man knows your face.
  2. Your UPS man knows your full name without looking at the package.
  3. You get a delivery at least 4 times a month.
  4. You know your debit/credit card number by heart
  5. Your computer has all your purchase information saved.
  6. You get at least 5 e-mails each morning at 6:00 from stores advertising sales for their special customers.
  7. Your husband/parents/roommate has stopped asking what’s in the package unless you bring up that it’s a gift.

Once you’ve realized you do too much shopping online, I have no idea what you should do next. Consult your budget I guess. But if you stay in the lines and don’t overspend. I don’t see the harm.

5 responses

  1. Glad to hear about your love of online shopping. (We love it too!) At shook, we want to make it the most personal online shopping experience as we can for you. Feel free to check out the items up for bid or upload an item yourself at

    July 19, 2012 at 08:17

  2. This is absolutely the best post from you yet[for the fact that it doesn’t mention your husband].

    I guess there’s no harm in online shopping once you can keep spending in check.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:11

    • I’m a newlywed. I will talk about my husband in 4 out of 5 posts. It’s a statistical fact.

      July 19, 2012 at 21:31

  3. silverneurotic

    Thankfully I only have one true shopping addiction…books. So if I order books on Amazon hey are often on my Kindle (don’t take up any physical space since S.D. has enough shit laying around for 10 people-or I buy used books.

    It also helps not having an income coming in. lol

    July 19, 2012 at 14:09

    • Lack of income is the best way to reduce shopping because I don’t believe in un-manageable debt. And I’m a huge fan of the Kindle reducing book space. Score one for technology.

      July 19, 2012 at 21:32