My Strange Addiction

Thursday, February 5, 2015


It all started a few weeks before Christmas when I was scrolling the internet trying to find gifts for the little angels that are my niece and nephew, Knox and Lola.

"Look on Amazon," my sister suggested, "they have great prices on toys and if you sign up for Amazon Prime it's free shipping and they'll get here within two days."

"Does Prime cost?" I naively asked.

"Yes, but you get a free 30 day trial. Just cancel it before then and you'll be good."

Now here's something you should know about me. I'm anal about deadlines and I'm cheap. If I get a free trial for 30 days that means I'm canceling it on day 29.

So on day 29.5 I logged into Amazon to cancel my subscription and something terrible had happened. I missed the deadline by 2 days! It was so unlike me, I was livid. I was going to have to pay $99 for what?!?

For the heavens to open up I would soon find out.

At this point I should point out this is not a sponsored post. No one is paying me to write this. This is an honest post about my addiction. My Amazon Prime addiction.

After I accepted the fact I was going to have to be a Prime member for one year whether I liked it or not I decided I might as well make the most of it and order a few things I needed.

So I found some cheap pillows. I mean they're pillows for God's sake. I've needed new ones for years, they're what I lay my head on every single night and yet I continue to put off purchasing them. Why? I don't know. Because they're pillows.

One day later they arrived. Well that was fast, I thought.

You know what else I needed? Kitchen knives. Again, something I use every single day, but refuse to buy new ones when they've clearly gotten gross and dull.

They arrived twelve hours later.

A mirror for the bedroom.

It was at my door before I clicked submit.

I felt like I had stumbled upon the most magical store in the entire world. Everything I had ever wanted, but had always forgot to put on my "buy" list was suddenly at my finger tips.

As the snow continued to fall outside my window and my car got buried deeper and deeper into it's winter ice cave reminding me I couldn't run any errands anyway, I continued to feed my addiction. More. More. More.

An iron (Chris loves to iron, it would be his Valentine gift.)

New microwave (ours was broken, honestly it was.)

DYMO label printer (I love labels!)

Refillable K-Cup filter (Kcups are so damn expensive.)

Blackhawks hat (addictions are more fun when they're shared. This was all Chris.)

Beard oil (my beard had just been looking so dull lately.)

Dog bones (I should have never taught Harlow how to use a computer.)

24 pack of lent rollers  (spiraling out of control at this point.)

And a white fur rug as seen above.

But here's the thing, it's not like I was ordering anything frivolous. I needed everything you see above. I could stop any time I want to. But I don't want to.

And when you order with Amazon Prime everything is basically free.

I repeat, when you're knee deep into your Amazon Prime addiction you trick yourself into thinking every stupid thing you order is completely free.

I never need to leave my house or have actual human interaction ever again.

Prime isn't just a membership. It's a lifestyle.


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39 comments:

  1. Honest question: What kind of beard oil? Eric has been joking (but not joking) about needing beard oil ever since his No-Shave-November beard became a It's-Here-To-Stay beard. I know nothing about facial hair so please - help me out.

    I'm kinda hoping he shaves it before the wedding .. so this might be an enabler but .. yeah.

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    1. AND: OUR WEDDING REGISTRY IS ON AMAZON. It's the greatest.

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  2. AAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH You have just described my life!!! They are practically paying ME to buy their products.. and it arrives on my door step!!! Plus I need ALL those items. I really do. Btw, that rug is adorable. And Kcups are super cheap through amazon. :)

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    1. And now that I have briefly come out of my Amazon Prime haze.. I actually ordered Coconut Water... that stuff is nasty, but since it was Prime Free, I just had to have it...... UGH. My 30 trial was over last week, and I conveniently forgot to cancel it. I now own a juicer and a cupboard full of adorable glass bottles and my garage is filling up to the the brim with cardboard boxes.

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  3. I am so, SO addicted to Amazon prime. I get on Amazon more than once daily. It's bad. But oh so good.

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  4. Also try the Amazon Prime streaming. Lots of good shows that aren't on Netflix. :)

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  5. Been there, done that. Now I cant imagine life without. And not to be an enabler-but have you discovered all the free tv and movies you now have access too with Prime? You could entertain yourself forever!!! Seriously check it out-I have almost convinced my husband to cut our cable because we spend so much time pulling content from Amazon. And I dont work for them-just love the product;)

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  6. so I'm going to "forget" to cancel our prime membership because i just love ordering stuff online. I can't help it.

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  7. I could have written this post. Amazon Prime is a sickness and I have a terminal case!

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  8. I LOVE Prime and I've had it for 3 years. It's especially helpful for people like me who live in cities and don't have cars (how can I get to Target??). We just got a Fire tv stick and now we can pull all the shows up straight on our tv.

    Also, did you know you can share Prime membership? You can share it with like 4 other users. They don't get the Prime streaming stuff, but can take advantage of free 2day shipping. We have my sis, my old roommate, and my bf's best friend hooked up on our Prime account. I say I don't charge them because I'm so nice, but the truth is I'd have Prime regardless, so why not share the wealth?

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  9. This is so on point. I have ordered cleaning supplies and toilet paper from Amazon Prime because I knew they would get here before I could convince myself to go to the store.

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  10. hahaha you probably don't want to hear this but I went to cancel my free trial ON the 30th day and they had charged my card that morning but then when I looked deeper it said if I canceled they would refund me the $99 so I did...and they did. WHEW now I know what kind of road I would have gone down had I kept it. Because I would have. Except mine would have been full of stupid stuff like diapers and refillable squeeze it pouches and kleenex, blah.

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  11. We were going to cancel after a year...3 years ago. Oops!

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  12. I have been addicted to Prime going on 3 years now. Mine started the exact same way as yours, except now they offer so much more: books, movies, music, next day delivery. It's the best choice for online consumers is what I tell myself ever time I click "submit".

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  13. Ummm we order a Everything on there. We have even ordered toilet paper and used to be on the monthly Grape Nuts And Sprite delivery schedule. Yeah blaming it on the husband. Take advantage of the free books and movies and shows while you are at it!! Just download the kindle app, Amazon music app and so on. Totally worth the money each year!

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  14. How have you survived up until now without Amazon Prime?!? I discovered it in college, since they have a discount for students - it saved my butt a few times since they have two day shipping when I desperately needed a textbook for class. Now I order majority of the things I need via Amazon because of the prices and 2 day free shipping :)

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  15. I just have to say, I love everything in that picture... The slippers, leggings, and especially the sheepskin rug. Prime for the win!

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  16. We are addicted to Prime at my house too! We LOVE getting packages! We even have a rule that if it doesn't have your name on it, you can't open it, because we all love it so much!

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  17. Now you can watch all seasons of Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime! Download the app on your iPad and play it through Apple TV. Welcome to the dark side of AP.... ;)

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  18. You're right - it's a lifestyle. Do I want to wait for my necessities to arrive conveniently to my doorstep? Nope. Not convenient enough! Prime is prime.

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  19. We've had it for years and it is worth every penny of the $99! We use it for the free shipping and great prices but more than that we cut our cable and use the free streaming TV and Movies. :)

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  20. I did the same thing! I signed up for the 30 day membership and TOTALLY forgot to cancel it. Just this week I realized when $104 was taken out of my account. Hopefully it's worth the money for the next year!

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  21. I love your leggings and shoes! I have yet to try Amazon prime but it sounds amazing!

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  22. If your college email address still works you can sign up as a "student" prime member. You get it free for 6 months and then it's only like $60/year. A friend told me....

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  23. It is by far the best thing that has been around since... forever. Also, Chris can be added to your account and get prime for freeeeee(if you let him)!

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  24. Amazon prime is the biggest downfall. I got a deal on it in college and suddenly I was getting packages every day. Way to boost the economy Amazon Prime - seemingly just on yours and my wallets.

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  25. Haha I literally use my moms every chance I can get! That two day, free shipping?! Girlll it's life! lol

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  26. We ended up paying for our Prime membership the exact same way - I forgot to cancel it and it was the greatest mistake ever! Getting free (fast!) shipping on everything in the entire world (because Amazon has EVERYTHING!) is one of the most awesome things ever.

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  27. Wait until you discover amazon music and instant video. Free shows and CDs and movies galore. Just download amazon music and Amazon instant video apps and your good. Total game changer!

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  28. There is a package on our front porch every single day from something my Chris has ordered. every. single. day. no joke.

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  29. Amazon Prime is pure witchcraft and I love it.

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  30. I had to cancel my Prime membership from renewing this month. I feel like I've lost a relative.

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  31. Did you know Amazon has a grocery delivery service? You live in Chicago, that might be one of the cities it's for!! You really may never have to leave the house again. It's called Amazon Fresh.

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  32. haha Amazon Prime really is amazing!

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  33. The exact something happened to us! It's pretty addicting though I'm not sure if we'll renew it next year...but we probably will. :-)

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  34. Our household definitely uses more than $99 of shipping each year....it is SO worth it!

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  35. We are SO obsessed with Prime. I think someone should do a psychological study on what I order because it is THE most random things.

    We also order Floyds food on there - its the best day of his life when a 40lb box shows up on our doorstep every 6 weeks.

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  36. I'm two years deep in my relationship and I love every single moment of it. Birthday gifts delivered for me to Minnesota without me having to move off my couch. My family & friends think I actually plan in advance. Brilliant.

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  37. So Amazon Prime Now... Let's just say I am not responsible enough to handle the ability to have things literally at my door within hours. From Ice cream to books and movies. My ability to never interact with the outside world is quickly becoming reality.

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