I Just Want to Shop

@Rollo1 (16686)
Boston, Massachusetts
February 1, 2016 1:34pm CST
Sadly, I always get the urge to buy new things when I am not keeping myself busy earning the money to buy new things. And I can always think of things I really need. I mean that, I don't just want them, I truly need them. At least, most people think these things are essential to everyday life. But then, I have to admit that I don't have these things, and yet, I am still alive. So, maybe I don't need them. When I actually need something, I find it hard to buy it. There's no joy in buying practical things. Today I want a shower curtain that is a painting of a street in France and some brightly colored bath rugs. I don't need them. But it would be nice to have a bathroom that was trés jolie. Do you shop when you need things or when you want them? Do you feel the same joy when you finally get things you need, or when you get things you want?
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 16
I enjoy getting them, whether I need them or want them.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
Well, if you ever have too many of anything, send them to me
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 16
• United States
1 Feb 16
I have a cart filled at Amazon where I place all the things I want and then wait a day or two to see if I still need them.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Feb 16
I often have to wait longer than that. I just deleted a few things that have been in my "save for later" for almost a year..
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• United States
1 Feb 16
@Rollo1 my Amazon cart is always full on the save for later part LOL
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@GardenGerty (101663)
• United States
1 Feb 16
Oh, I know how that feels. It is sure to be a situation after Christmas, before we get our finances back together. Occasionally I explode and just go shop.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Feb 16
Maybe Christmas leaves us with a better idea of what we still don't have?
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@just4him (123896)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Feb 16
I find it hard to spend money on things I need when I have the money. I try to talk myself out of the need, even though I know I need it. So I can relate. As for making it feel good when I finally do spend the money on what I need - yes. I also feel good when I talk myself into getting that one item I know I want and don't need, yet I know that if I don't get it, I will regret it.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
It's never fun to let go of money and not get a present in exchange. Who needs the needed stuff? Well I guess I do need some things, but I try very hard not to buy them because they don't inspire joy.
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@just4him (123896)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Feb 16
@Rollo1 No they don't. I think that's why grocery shopping is a chore instead of something fun to do with your money. I like spending money. I just don't like it leaving my hand.
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@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Feb 16
I do that too, I cannot tell you how many items I have set aside at the checkout at the last minute.
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@Platespinner (17045)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 Feb 16
I can't justify the I wants and I don't want to pay for the practical... and I just had railroad tracks installed in my youngest child's mouth so I can't afford anything in either category at the moment .
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Feb 16
Oh those are no fun, either. I mean, they cost money and it makes them miserable. But one day it will seem worth it. Maybe then you can buy yourself a prize for being a sacrificing mother.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 Feb 16
@Rollo1 There's an idea. Actually she's the one who needs the prize. Her mouth hurts and while the ibuprofen is taking the edge off I can tell she's very uncomfortable, but I haven't heard a word of complaint!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Feb 16
@Platespinner The worst thing is that just as the braces stop hurting and things get more comfortable, it's time to tighten them up and it starts all over again.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 16
I don't like shopping for anything much - except maybe hardware stuff for some project or other.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
Interestingly, hardware of a sort is on my list. I want some track shelving.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 16
@Rollo1 If we go into our big hardware store we always find something we can't possibly do without.
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@much2say (40041)
• United States
1 Feb 16
I sure know how that goes. There are plenty of wants - PLENTY - and there are things that I need but it doesn't go in the "absolutely" need category. So I do a lot of window shopping to take care of that fix - sort of. As for the joy of getting practical stuff, well, it's more like the joy that I got a task done.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Feb 16
Absolute needs are usually the things we get bills for. But there are so many nice things. Window shopping can help, because you see so many things that you can spend hours trying to decide the shape, the size, the color, etc.
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@much2say (40041)
• United States
1 Feb 16
@Rollo1 It's fun isn't it? (Window shopping I mean, not about paying the bills )
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@Morleyhunt (20283)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
Sometimes I shop (buy things) because I feel I need a pick me up.i can always justify a purchase.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Feb 16
I think there's good reason to treat yourself occasionally. It isn't good for us to always feel deprived of those things we want.
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@marlina (76609)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
I have lost interest in buying things quite a while back.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
I know you like Amazon, though.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
2 Feb 16
I mood shop, it's hard not to eat or buy things to feel better.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
You know, I buy chocolate donuts, That way I get the shopping and the eating out of the way all at once.
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• Centralia, Missouri
3 Feb 16
@Rollo1 hahaha, good idea. and now I want some donuts, lol
• United States
1 Feb 16
I am finished with shopping. I never really liked it at all. I don't mind buying though. So I do most of everything online. It cuts down on the shopping and lets me buy with less pain. I don't buy much anymore, since I prefer to have open space rather than stuff.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
I am shopping online, I never go to stores. Buying online is still shopping.
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• United States
3 Feb 16
@Rollo1 Okay. But for me, shopping is a chore. It involves driving around, looking at what is offered, until finally, if I am lucky, finding what I want and buy it. With online "shopping", the driving and most of the looking can be avoided.
@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
2 Feb 16
lol I do need lots of things here in Florida. It is funny how it may take a couple weeks to realize that some things you take for granted are missing. My husband just informed me this morning that we need bamboo tongs to remove toast from our toaster. We have some in Connecticut and yes it is better than sticking a knife in!! Do I get joy from that no, I got joy from buying the decor at Hobby Lobby for my kitchen!!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
I never thought of that - using a wood implement for those pesky pieces of bread that get caught in the toaster. Brilliant!
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
3 Feb 16
@Rollo1 It works really great and I found out that Publix doesn't have it today, bummer. I guess I need a kitchen store.
@softbabe44 (5899)
• Vancouver, Washington
2 Feb 16
It doesn't feel good when you can't.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
No, it's terrible to want things and not be able to buy them.
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• Vancouver, Washington
6 Feb 16
@Rollo1 It's about the way it goes thou i think.
• United States
1 Feb 16
Aside from grocery shopping, I do enjoy shopping for just about anything. I love browsing the shops either online or brick and mortar. Because I don't just purchase an item before checking several places so I get the best price! When I find something for less, it is a thrill for me.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Feb 16
I do my grocery shopping online, too. In some ways, it's a bit thrilling, though I don't think i get many bargains. But since it takes time to figure out the exact right order, I don't do much impulse buying of tasty treats.
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• United States
4 Feb 16
@Rollo1 Grocery shopping online would be something I would love for my clients to do. If they could have the entire order ready for me to pick up rather than hunting down an item that I've never purchased before that would save me a lot of time!
@gudheart (12743)
2 Feb 16
I shop when I need things as I rarely buy things just if I want something unless I have saved up enough for it.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
You have true self-control. I almost wish I did. But I wish for that shower curtain more.
@celticeagle (119128)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Feb 16
I find it hard to buy things too. I always end up saving the money incase the kids need something.
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@PainsOnSlate (20414)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
I hate shopping and only do it when I need something. That bathroom set sounds lovely and if I was bored with the set I bought 10 yeas ago when we bought the house, I might think about that...
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
I keep vacillating on the color that the rugs should be. There are many colors in the shower curtain, but nothing goes well with a harvest gold bathtub from the mid-20th century.
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• Canada
3 Feb 16
@Rollo1 I know what you mean, I don't want to renovate my dusty green bathroom tile either...
• Philippines
2 Feb 16
While it is practical to buy just wha you need there is an inexplicable joy in buying what you want.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
Yes! We should all have more joy in shopping, I think.
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@jstory07 (69138)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Feb 16
Right now I am only buying things that I need until we move.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Feb 16
That's smart. Who wants to pack and move more stuff?
@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Feb 16
I go through spells, I think it depends on my mood
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Feb 16
Usually I want to buy new decor things when I grow to hate my surroundings enough. If I keep busy, I don't even notice them,.
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@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
5 Feb 16
@Rollo1 I think mine happen in spring and fall for some reason. maybe the change in weather