The toy I will NOT be getting my niece for Christmas

‘Shopkins’ first came into my vocabulary after my partner asked our niece what she wanted for Christmas this year. I didn’t know what they were, but the name alone kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I tried to keep an open mind, but the more I read about it, the more I knew this would not be what I was getting our niece.

Shopkins are small collectible toys modelled after purchasable items such as shoes, makeup, or fruits and vegetables. They are marketed towards young girls.

Their slogan is “Once you shop, you can’t stop!”

I wish I was making this up.

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Purchases I don't regret

Purchases I Don’t Regret

I am no stranger to buyer’s remorse. While I’ve improved over the years, as I’ve mentioned, I used to have trouble with impulse purchases. As a result, I’ve donated more bins of clothing and random knick-knacks than I’d like to count.

Often I look at the things I’ve decided to keep, and when I consider whether I would still spend money on them today, the answer is no. While I don’t necessarily regret these purchases, I do sometimes think I could have waited for better deal, or saved my money for something else. Read more

stamp collection

Can a collector be frugal?

I always had some sort of collection on the go as a kid. Usually multiple at once. Key chains, interesting rocks, Beanie Babies, and old coins are a few I remember off the top of my head.

I think this is pretty common for children, but it doesn’t always carry over to adulthood. I won’t go as far as to say the world can be divided between collectors and non-collectors, but it does make for an interesting dichotomy.

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4 tips

4 Tips to Avoid Mindless Purchases

I have struggled with a shopping addiction in the past. Mindlessly spending $1,000 at Sephora really woke me up to this issue, and shortly after I took some steps to ensure something like that wouldn’t happen again. Most of my mindless purchases were made online, and these four steps truly helped me to minimize them. As always, your mileage may vary.

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