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Letting Go Of Old Habits #1: Online Shopping

One of my greatest joys in life is…shopping. Online shopping to be exact. I am a huge proponent of supporting small businesses, specifically businesses owned and operated by people of color. And this is where I go buckwild and lose my damn mind. Bath and body products. Makeup. Original artwork. My three biggest shopping vices. Do I really need another shower gel or custom lipstick or hand-drawn print? YES, I do! I’m supporting my sisters while keeping my dollars out of the hands of “big, bad business”.

Chile, bye…

In 2017 alone, I’ve spent over $1,000.00 in small business products and services, and looking back on everything I’ve acquired, I regret about $850.00 of those purchases. Not because they were bad products but because they were strictly impulse buys that I can live without.

I bought an “organic” skincare regimen because I was all gung-ho about embracing my crunchy side and using products that did not contain harsh chemicals. Well, guess what? I ended up throwing them out. One, I have extremely oily, acne-prone skin that currently only responds to chemicals, namely benzoyl peroxide. And two, I didn’t even bother reading the ingredients, and I cannot put anything on my skin containing sunscreen. And three, because they didn’t contain any viable preservatives, there was a “use by” date. Nah, son… There are sustainable preservatives, and I caution you to read beauty labels because the industry is crazy unregulated. Seventy-five dollars down the drain…

A literal representation of how I feel once the buyer’s high wears off

I had art prints that were collecting dust because I’ve never taken the time to buy frames for them. And to make matters worse, I spilled something on them, so now I can’t hang them. Another $150.00 in the garbage…

I could itemize every wasted purchase, but my blood pressure is high enough already. Being the natural tightwad that I am, looking back on these impulse buys goes against my own principles! I want to seriously kick my own ass right now, but I’m awake now (in more ways than one).

I still love my small businesses, and I’m not saying that I’ll never make another purchase again. But what I am saying is I won’t be so quick to click because I want to throw my financial support behind it or simply because I’m in a “buying mood”.


Lover of books, cats, gorgeous men, and fine fuckery. Love and laughter heals most.

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