I’m stretching the definition of “incubation period” a bit with today’s post. Typically it’s a medical term, but for this purpose, it relates to shopping splurges. From that moment you discover something (e.g. product or deal) until you actually pull the trigger and make the purchase.
For me, the incubation period of see > want > buy varies, but most of the time, once I’ve REALLY set my sights on something and can’t get it out of my head, I know it’s inevitable. I must get. I’ll admit it, I’ve definitely been an impulse buyer on more than one occasion. Not for super expensive things since I (unfortunately) don’t have unlimited funds, but it does happen. Do you have those moments too?
I was thinking about splurges over the weekend when I came across a few deals that piqued my interest. Part of me was so ready to click “buy,” but the other (the no fun “voice of reason”) part told me to hold off and ponder it a bit longer. I listened.
My incubation period for travel is probably the longest. It can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. On the other end of the spectrum, simpler things like getting my nails done or going out to eat at a restaurant are done on a whim.
The latest things on my splurge radar will definitely run me some pretty pennies (see below), but fortunately none of them have reached the MUSTHAVENOW stage. I’m pretty sure that would literally break the bank if it did!
- The new Apple Watch. I must have all the gadgets!
- A deep-tissue massage. Stress be gone!
- A 2-week vacation to Italy. No explanation needed.
- An Acer Chromebook. I’m considering investing in a cheap computer when traveling/on the go.
- A pair (or five) of Tieks. Their flats are so colorful – I love them!
How long do you typically wait to splurge on something? What’s on your splurge radar?