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Amazon.com Shopping Spree

August 6th, 2007 at 05:50 pm

I am not the kind of shopper that retailers love. I buy what I need, and I don't need a whole lot. I'd much rather save and invest my money than spend it on stuff just for the heck of it.

Occasionally, that poses a problem, like when my birthday rolls around and folks ask me what I want. Most of the time, I say I dont' want anything. When there is something I really want, I buy it. Otherwise, I've got all I need.

One of the survey companies that I do work for pays me with Amazon.com gift certificates - $30 for each survey. Well, I did 5 of their surveys last month so I've accumulated $150. Plus, I still had $12 left over from the holiday gift my staff gave me last December (see what I mean). That gave me $162 I need to spend somehow.

I've actually managed to spend $56 over the past couple of days, which is rather impressive for me. My wife and I went to Broadway recently to see Avenue Q, so I ordered the soundtrack. My daughter found out the school show this year will be You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, so I ordered that soundtrack so she can start learning the music. And we saw my MIL this weekend, and she mentioned a DVD she'd like as a gift for her birthday, so I ordered that.

And today, I went to Amazon to browse a bit and saw that they offer magazine subscriptions. The past year, I had been getting Smart Money and I liked it. I had somehow gotten a free 1-year subscription (don't remember how) but had decided not to renew it as I didn't want to pay for it. Amazon has it though. $18 for 2 years, so I ordered that.

Only $106 more to spend - until I do another survey.

7 Responses to “Amazon.com Shopping Spree”

  1. shiela Says:

    That's a nice problem to have.

  2. wyozozo Says:

    That's a problem I wish I had!! I'll help you spend that $106!! Smile

  3. baselle Says:

    Its why I prefer checks, frankly. Then I can buy DRP stock. Amongst my friends, somehow, saying you bought stock sounds vaguely impressive.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    That is the way my dh and I are. If we need something, we just buy it, but there is very little that we need.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    Agreed. We have a $100 Target gift card that sits unused - it will get used - but maybe not this year.

  6. disneysteve Says:

    Now a Target card doesn't last long in our house. We go there at least weekly. That's where we get tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, toiletries, etc. Spending $100 there is no problem unfortunately.

  7. contrary1 Says:

    I get "paid" in Amazon g/c for writing reviews on line....and have a couple to spend prior to years end. I've been making a list of things I might be able to use & if things are still of interest to me, come fall....I'll quick put in an order. I too, use it for gifts. I love having the balance available; feels lots like free money.

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