Finding the joy in shopping for a shopperphobic !

I don’t enjoy shopping! I’ve been like this for as long as I remember. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had moments, brief ones, where I’ve had a rising of delight from a purchase. But on the whole, it mostly equates to misery. Unless it’s shopping and researching holidays or adventures. That’s different. Now I will gleefully put in many hours for that purpose. What I’m talking about today though is grocery, clothes, household and furniture. The day to day stuff.

Some people may consider me tight, a scrooge, boring, tree hugger, unusual or many other possibilities. At the heart of it I think I just begrudge spending precious time shopping when there are so many other things I want to be doing.

In part shopping is a CHOICE. And I just choose to do as little as poss. Of course, the family has to eat, play, poo and sleep each day. All of these activities require shopping to be done for them to happen.

Given that some shopping HAS to be undertaken I’ve been shuffling towards finding a more enjoyable and efficient way of doing it. And it’s starting to emerge. It began with “Who gives a crap?” toilet paper. As they say “Good for the world" (Recycled), "Good for people" (50% of their profits are donated to charity) and "Good for your bum" (No inks, dyes or scents). On top of this, once you’ve set up your subscription, it’s just sent to your door when you’re ready for your next lot. Now what’s not to like about that.

Then came “SMOL” – laundry capsules and dishwasher tabs delivered through your letterbox. They have less chemicals than standard washing options, are in recycled and recyclable packaging and cost up to 50% less than the usual brands. (As they’ve cut out the middle man = supermarket).

It used to just be magazines that you’d get on a subscription but now it seems like you can get pretty much anything from clothes to sex toys and so much in between. For us it definitely makes sense to embrace this model. I have to admit there’s even a slither of joy wrapped up in there.

I better say at this point that I am not sponsored by any of these companies. These are all my personal opinions.