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7 things I learned by not shopping online for 2 months

Business Insider Logo By Jamie Friedlander of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 8: 
  
    I decided to stop shopping
    online for two months to see how it would affect my
    personal spending.
  
  
    At first, quitting was harder than I expected, but I
    ended up learning several surprising things about my
    finances.
  
  
    
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  To say I have an online
  shopping problem would be, by all accounts, an
  understatement.

  I have an affinity for unique,
  rare dresses (hello, Anthropologie), leather sandals, purses and
  handmade journals - the list goes on. 

  I don't spend beyond my means,
  but I definitely spend more than I should. My husband and I
  shelled out for a couple of big-ticket items this summer,
  including kitchen sink repairs, property taxes, and an upcoming
  trip to the Pacific Northwest. As I looked at our finances, I
  realized my online shopping was a bit excessive. I could
  definitely cut back in order to prioritize these other expenses.
  

  Never one to 
  shy away from a
  challenge, I decided
  to take extreme measures: A self-imposed, two-month online
  shopping ban.

  Here are seven important things I
  learned along the way.

To say I have an online shopping problem would be, by all accounts, an understatement.

I have an affinity for unique, rare dresses (hello, Anthropologie), leather sandals, purses and handmade journals - the list goes on.

I don't spend beyond my means, but I definitely spend more than I should. My husband and I shelled out for a couple of big-ticket items this summer, including kitchen sink repairs, property taxes, and an upcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest. As I looked at our finances, I realized my online shopping was a bit excessive. I could definitely cut back in order to prioritize these other expenses.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to take extreme measures: A self-imposed, two-month online shopping ban.

Here are seven important things I learned along the way.

© Jamie Friedlander

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