On a Budget? Get on Shoeboxed

When I first registered for my Shoeboxed account, I wanted to fill up my account with all my purchasing information. But alas, I am a poor college student, and couldn’t afford to go on a shopping spree right then and there just to watch the receipts go in (though I did make one or two impulse buys anyway…). So I went through my personal inbox, and dug out all my old receipts. It was a pain, but I realized that it was the last time I would ever have to sift through thousands of e-mails to find the few important receipts.

I forwarded all these e-mail receipts to my @shoeboxed.com account, and they show up just as they would have if the store had sent it directly there. Shoeboxed doesn’t care that I forwarded it, the plane ticket I bought six months ago still says it’s from Travelocity. Sweet!

Once I had all my old receipts in there, I was shocked at how much I had spent online in the past two years. Old purchases I had completely forgotten about really reminded me of how much I consistently overlook my budget. I don’t consider myself an avid online shopper, but the expenses were really racking up!

There’s just no better way to get an comprehensive snapshot of your spending than to see everything you’ve bought, all listed in one place. It’s so simple, and it’s the core functionality of Shoeboxed. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out!

Managing your Compulsive Shopping Addiction

A new epidemic has hit America. While most scientists refer to it as oniomania, this condition is more commonly know as compulsive shopping, compulsive buying, or compulsive spending. Our society is constantly bombards by TV commercials, magazine advertisement, and online banner ads that persuade us to spend money, usually on purchases that we don’t need. And it’s having a significant effect on the nation’s population.

Shopping addiction is a very real problem, with an estimated ten percent of the American population making compulsive purchases or overspending. However, there is still question as to whether or not excessive buying is a true disease. It’s unclear if people can have a real addiction to shopping, or if their behavior stems from an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). What is known is that many excessive shoppers are multi addicted and may abuse alcohol or prescription medication in addition to buying compulsively.

So what do you do if you’re stuck in a rut? Do you think you might have a problem, but don’t know how to stop? Here are a few quick tips to help you manage your addiction to shopping:

First and foremost, find a friend and tell them how you feel. Let them know that you think you may have a shopping addiction. Don’t feel embarrassed or guilty, and try to talk openly about your spending habits and emotions.

Have a list of exactly what you need. Every time you go to the store, make a list of exactly what you need. If it’s not on the list when you get there, you can’t buy it. Even if you forget something that you really need, you’ll have to wait until next time to buy it.

Go shopping with friends. Don’t let yourself shop alone. Surround yourself with supportive friends who won’t let you relapse.

Don’t fall for the good deals. Deals are only great if you really need an item. If it’s not on the list, you don’t need it, and if you don’t need it, it’s not a good deal.

And most importantly, be honest with yourself about how much you are spending. You need to keep a close record of everything you are buying and make sure that you are only spending money on things you need. It’s really simple – only buy what you can afford.

Shoeboxed.com is committed to helping compulsive shoppers automatically and effectively manage their purchases. If you feel like your spending is out of control, click here. You can give us your email address, and we’ll let you know as soon as this innovative service is available. You deserve to be in control of your own life, and shoeboxed is here to help.

Digital Receipts and the Future of Online Organization

According to several high-tech retailers and technology firms, popular chains will start to offer emailed receipts when a product is purchased either online or in-store. Over the course of the next several years, shoppers will be given the opportunity to eliminate the hassle of organizing their paper receipts by choosing to accept digital receipts.

If email receipts are accepted as an industry standard among major retailers in the United States, shoppers will no longer have to worry about losing receipts because there will always be a copy stored online. Email receipts would represent an eco-friendly alternative that would help eliminate the need for unwanted paper receipts. They would be stored in a private database so that their information remains secure. Additionally, paperless transactions would improve the efficiency of transactions and would allow retailers to more accurately track consumer behavior.

Unfortunately, this may mean that your inbox will be filled with more and more receipts and promotional spam in the coming months. And even worse, you will be forced to give out your personal email address for all your impersonal transactions. Also, email receipts will continue to pile up in your inbox, but there will be no way to view and manage all of your receipts in one place.

Shoeboxed.com will automatically organize and manage these digital receipts for you and prevent corporate spam from reaching your inbox. Now you’ll have an easy way to track your purchases and keep your email address safe, secure, and personal.