I spent $$$$$ on Amazon last year … and, I didn’t NEED any of it.

2 min readJan 27, 2022
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Once upon a time, if you wanted something, you probably had to get ready, get into the car, drive across town (or even another town), find a place to park, go into a store, pick it out, stand in line, purchase it, and then drive back home.

It took effort.

And, if you needed multiple things from multiple places, it was pretty much an all-day thing.

Not anymore.

Shopping has become incredibly convenient.

Too convenient.

In fact, it is so convenient that we can grab our phone and make a purchase the minute that something enters our mind … sometimes in just one or two clicks.

Think about that.

Sure, it is convenient. But, it is also decidedly inconvenient.

As a result of this “convenience,” I have acquired a lot of things. Things that, although I do either like or use most of them, I doubt I ever would have bought any of it if it hadn’t been so easy.

For example, while I do LOVE my red Microplane Premium Classic Zester Grater (affiliate link), and I actually use it on occasion, there is almost zero chance that I would have gotten ready, got into my car, driven to the store, etc. etc. to get it.

But, at that moment while I was reading a recipe that called for lemon zest, I just had to have one, so I ordered it and it arrived the very next day. Which, in hindsight, didn’t really help with that particular dinner.

Sure, if I just happened to be in a kitchen store one day, and came across it, and picked it up, I might have bought it. But, I doubt it. I mean, if I made it fifty years without one, I probably could have made it for fifty more.

To make matters worse, I am not someone who tends to resell or return items, so when I buy something that doesn’t fit or I can’t use, I order another, which means that many things cost me twice as much as they should.

So, I just watch my home fill up, item by item until I can’t take it anymore.

Then, I box it all up (in an Amazon box, of course) and put it out on the curb with a “FREE” sign on the side.

I’m not going to give away my zester, though.

Maybe I did need it after all.