I am someone who doesn’t like to waste my time. If I can find any sort of way to add a few minutes of extra time to my morning routine, my commute to work, or my everyday responsibilities, I will definitely do that. That being said, I have always hated going to the grocery store or to the supermarket. It just seems like the system is designed to waste your time. Above all, it should be way easier to buy products in person since I am going through all the trouble of going to the actual building and spending my time there. If there is one thing more valuable than money, it is definitely my time.
I remember hearing once that if Bill Gates dropped a 20 dollar bill on the ground in front of him, it would literally not be worth his time to bend down and try to pick it up. That is kind of how I feel about my own time, though I am definitely not as wealthy as Bill Gates. With all that being said, I have decided that I no longer want to shop in any stores in-person anymore – I only will partake in shopping if I can do it from the comfort of my own home on my nice living room sofa. My passion for online shopping began in a similar way to a lot of people in recent years. With the economy shutting down a lot of non-essential businesses, and with so many people stuck in their homes with no way to go outside to buy things, it just made sense to start ordering everything online whenever possible.
This is the exact same thing that happened to me. When my company went to work completely remote, I was spending way too much time at home with nothing to do to fill up my time besides work. So what did I do to spend my hard earned money and to fill up my time? I started online shopping, of course. Now it first began by just a means to get the products that I would normally buy at the Meijer down the street, since I could actually order those online through the Meijer app can get them delivered to my house for free.
But eventually, as the pandemic began to get worse with no end insight, shopping online became an addiction for me, and a way of escaping from the dark reality of being trapped in my own home. I was constantly chasing the dopamine hit of putting items in my online cart and ordering them with my various rewards cards that I have acquired over the last few months. Of course, nothing can quite match the excitement of seeing those Amazon Prime Shipping boxes sitting at my door when I check outside in the afternoon. Soon I had so many shipping boxes that I had no idea what to do with them. I had to waste my time by cutting them with a box cutter and folding them down. Now my garage is filled with stacks and stacks of cardboard that I will never use.
Now that this year’s stress is almost over, I am still going to refuse to go back to buying stuff in person. I prefer to order everything I can online and feed my addiction further.