While being deployed, I have to admit that I’ve become a bit of a shopoholic.
There aren’t very many things to do around here to pass the time. Funny thing is, it’s more like prison than you ever would think: we have an hour of “time in the yard” or work out time, an allotted time for chow, and everyone has their assign job to help pass each day. We even sleep in prison style bunk beds with 20 or more roomates. The two things that make it different are the pay and the internet. I’ve used my internet perks for shopping.
I can’t say that I wasn’t into online shopping before I left; I used to love the great Groupon deals or awesome clearance sales on kids clothing. It made stocking up for the next season so much easier. But here, I’ve been focusing on one particular shopping item: crap. Yup, stuff that I’ve always wanted but never got. Funny t-shirts that I wanted to purchase but didn’t see the point of getting. Fancy spa products that I’ve wanted to treat myself to but couldn’t. The money I have been making here isn’t part of our usual budget, so for some reason, I keep seeing it as fun money. Yes, we are saving most of it for our down payment on a house, and yes, some will be used on a much needed vacation we’ll be taking once I get back, but when I see that check hit the bank I think “shopping time!”
I feel like I’ve traded places. The frugal me left the building once I hit Asia, and the spendthrift that I used to be when I was younger has taken her place. I have to say though, I’m not really that upset about it. I will probably never EVER be able to spend on me again like I am doing right now. And while I am getting a little kooky with the purchases, I know that it’s not effecting our budget at home. Maybe that’s why I continue to press on and shop. It’s become a way for me to stay connected to the other side of the world and keep my mind off of the serious situation I’m in here. Or maybe, I just like to shop….a lot.