My purchasing decisions all seem to follow the same pattern, whether it's makeup, expensive camera equipment or mobile phones. I want to make sure that I'm getting the best product(s) for my money but at the same time, I have to stay within a budget. I will spend literally hours pouring through reviews and youtube videos to try and work out what will be the best fit for me. In the case of camera equipment, watching and reading reviews almost blew my mind because I don't have any specialist knowledge. As an aside, if you're in the market for a new camera, I can recommend searching the archives of DigitalRevTV on YouTube. Even though Kai the presenter makes me want to throw things at my screen, the reviews are thorough without being dry.
Anyway, back to my maddening shopping habits. In the course of my research I will regularly end up going round and round in circles, talking myself into and out of purchases. I find the decisions on expensive item particularly because as a (mostly) stay at home Mum, I need to justify these purchases to myself. Do I really need perfect screen resolution and fast internet connection on a mobile phone that mostly accompanies me on a school run? Will a DSLR really help me take better pictures if I have no photography skills? Could I turn my whole body inside out by gazing at my navel for too long?! It's hard to know whether I enjoy all this pondering or if I'm actually just punishing myself.
Whilst I am driving myself round the bend trying to make a decision, I thought it would be interesting to find out how unusual I am in my shopping habits. I wondered what kind of shoppers you are: do you take your time and research every item or are you happy to go with your gut and make quick decisions? Also, do you have a single shopping style or does it vary according the type of item you are buying? I promise to stop dilly-dallying and get back to makeup talk very soon!