I started a new job with an office, coworkers, and a commute. Previously, I worked from home in my pajamas, blissfully ignorant of the many shopping temptations that accompany an office job.
Working outside the home I found…
- Lots of opportunities to buy food and drinks.
- More consumer products, fashion, and gadgets. Hmm, that Kindle is smaller than mine and looks cooler. Should I buy new work clothes like those?
- More opportunities to shop. I can easily shop on my way home or walk to a store during lunch.
- Thoughts of grabbing dinner on my way home.
And finally, I felt compelled to buy something on my way home Friday. You know, as a reward for a job well done at the office.
In the end, I didn’t change my spending habits this week. But I can see that it’s easy to spend when you’re exposed to so many products and stores.
What do you think? Do you feel more compelled to buy things when you work outside the home?