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Tip #87: Amazon Prime is a slippery slope

Written by: Tasha

For those of you who observed, I hope you had a fantastic Prime Day this week. What a whirlwind, amirite? If you’re not familiar, Prime Day is Amazon’s self-proclaimed holiday where their prices are so low that you find yourself justifying adding a wire sculpture of a dog and a whale-shaped strainer to your cart, because why not?

I’ve had Amazon Prime for the past 6 years. And every day of it has been a hecking blessing. However, I’ve found that it’s very easy to get caught up in the moment and overdo it on the virtual shopping trips. Here is my best advice for reigning in the e-commerce palooza that is an Amazon shopping cart…

  1. Tread lightly on Prime Day

As many of you know, this week we celebrated Prime Day. I know this because on Monday night at approximately 9:32pm ET, Charlotte interrupted a key scene in the Bachelorette’s journey to find love by whipping out her laptop and screaming “PRIME DAY IS STARTING.”

Obviously, we spent the rest of the evening talking over the Bachelorette’s string of ill-fated dates to say things like, “Should I get this mini rice maker?” or, “Fitbits are only $10?! Oh wait no, that’s just the band. Should I get a Fitbit band?” etc.

It only took me 20 minutes to fill up my Amazon Cart with $300 dollars of discounted garbage. My advice to my fellow Primers, don’t get caught up in the glitz and glam of Prime Day. Keep the cart light and just grab the things you really need.

2) Don’t treat Amazon like a convenience store

About once a week I pop over to Amazon to place a critical order. Whether it’s a cookbook I saw on Instagram that I NEED 2 HAVE or plain old toothpaste, they have it all. And when my toothpaste levels fall into code red territory, all it takes is a couple of taps in the Amazon app and two days later I’ve got a multipack of Colgate sitting on my front porch (or a new pair of rainboots, a yoga mat, an industrial-size trash can, etc.).

But many of us have learned the hard way that the luxury of Amazon Prime is a slippery slope. I’ve found that having everything under the sun just a hop skip and a click away can be a lethal combination for my wallet. Also for my UPS man, Dan. (Shout out to UPS Dan, the unsung hero of Allston.)

So, before you “proceed to checkout,” ask yourself — “Do I really need a 2-pound bag of chia seeds?” This answer is probably going to be “No, Natasha. No one needs that.”

3) There are some voids Amazon can’t fill

Not too long ago, I ordered a non-refundable Bathing Suit on Amazon because I thought it was cute and I am an idiot. The bathing suit arrived, and I quickly discovered that it was basically just a trash bag with two armholes and an adjustable strap. Definitely not worth the $14.99 I paid to have that disaster-suit express shipped from Louisville to my doorstep.

The reality is, there are some things that shouldn’t be purchased from the comforts of your couch. (I mean, the list is short, but bathing suit is definitely on there). So every now and then, give UPS Dan a break and drag yourself to an actual store. (Also, I imagine it’s a lot easier to talk yourself out of a whale-shaped strainer when you see it in person.

Major Takeaways

  1. When filling up the ole Amazon cart ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” If the answer is not 100%, remove it. (Or drop it into the Save for Later section in case you change your mind.)
  2. Just because they sell it on Amazon doesn’t mean you need to buy it there. Every now and then, mix things up and give CVS or Target a chance.
  3. Prime Day should be a national holiday though. It is a gift to us all.

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Tip #87: Amazon Prime is a slippery slope


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