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Currently a student of business & economics with a dream to work in advertising and/or design. Main media - photography & graphic art, experience in various media and craft types. An active internet surfer with a passion for innovation and creative design.
It is interesting how sometimes people go to shop without any plan to buy something particular and return with a lot of stuff. Or even having a strict shopping list, somehow people manage to spend more because of little things. It seems that our mind is irresistible to huge variety of shiny & colorful things. Why do we buy unnecessary things? Are we spoiling ourselves? I mean, not buying because of persuading salesman, but just wondering in the store and picking up something and thinking to ourselves: "oh, this can be useful, i can make/use this and that..."
Usually I end up putting the thing in the shelf for several months... :/ especially the books. I never have time to read from cover to cover, but still think to myself: "this is different" when buying more books. Of course I start to read them, but eventually they end up half-read somewhere in the shelf.
There is an opinion that it is all based on emotional state of a person - sounds logical, but what exactly affects customers? After some investigation (good old google search), I found an article about a research on this topic: It says that there is a correlation between shopping habits and the alphabetical position of your surname. Firstly, I thought this was crap, but as I learned the theory it started to make sense. "Their working hypothesis is that "[R]epeated delays imposed on children whose last names are late in the alphabet create in those individuals a chronic expediency motive that is automatically activated" by limited-time offers to buy stuff."
Shortly: "The farther back in the alphabet the first letter of your surname falls, the quicker you're likely to chase some enticing new consumer offer. This response is rooted in childhood trauma."
Well, it really makes sense - my surname starts on "U" and at school usually there were just two or three people behind me on every list. However, I wouldn't say that I suffered much from this - sometimes I even used it: handing in homework, interview times or presentation schedule etc. And still I keep buying unnecessary things. I'm trying to be rational, but somehow I always find an excuse to buy stuff I don't need.
As it's very difficult for me to avoid unnecessary spending, I decided to avoid shopping (of course not completely). I though, why don't I allocate more resources and energy on making things instead of buying them? On the internet, here are tons of original ideas & crafts that would allow me to cut my spending a bit, for example, homemade paper, papier mache vases, milk plastic, handmade bags, e-books etc.
So, the first (and symbolic) project to start with could be a handmade piggy-bank, then a cute notebook with handmade paper...
I really hope I can do this (and it won't last less than a week) :D
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Time - David Guetta & Cris Willis
  • Reading: script "Water for elephants"
  • Watching: Rango, Hot tube time machine
  • Playing: Heroes of Might and Magic
  • Eating: chocolate cookies
  • Drinking: sprite

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MartinBailly Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot for the fav :)
m-eralp Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Photographer
Thanks for the watch, much appreciated :)
FERNL Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for the :+fav:'s and specially for the :+devwatch: :thanks:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for the faves and watch. :hug:
ArianeJurquet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Thanks for the :+fav: :-)
Dannayy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
thanks for the many faves! : D
Paintpaul Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the fave !!!!:) Maybe you like my facebook-page [link] as well?
Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving :-)
BLDRDSH Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Gunta!!!
Soffeline Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for all the favs! :hug:
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