Me? I can safely tag myself (and my wallet) safe from this madness...for now. For some reason, I didn't feel the urgency to check out some of things I have in my online shopping cart, which has hundreds of items and is never empty (see screenshot below). I think my exploration of noise.cash and read.cash in the past few days distracted me from checking my online shopping apps and buying stuff I didn't need. So thanks noise.cash and read.cash! You truly are a blessing.
Adding things to my online shopping cart/s sort of became a hobby that started when I gave birth to my daughter. I was in bed most of the time, recovering from having a CS delivery while pushing to exclusively breastfeed my baby, when I realized that we still didn't have enough baby things. So I would just add baby stuff in my cart, ask my husband if we could afford it, then proceed to finalizing my purchase and wait for the orders to be delivered.
Mind you, we're not rich. Exclusively breastfeeding and using cloth diapers instead of disposable ones really helped save extra money. Money which then we could use to buy not only things that we need, but also thinks that we want. I wouldn't say that I'm an online shopping addict, but I definitely feel pleasure every time a product I ordered online arrives. More satisfaction if the quality of the item I received exceeded my expectations.
I didn't participate in the 8.8 sale, but it doesn't mean that I'll be safe from online shopping for the rest of this month. We have already bought a number of things in the beginning of August even before the 8.8 sale, so I'm hoping that spending-wise we should be good.
To stop myself from browsing through the items on my cart and looking for things to check out, I decided to just document my online purchases from the previous month. This will be the first time that I'm going to stop and list down what I've spent on online shopping for one month and I'd like to think that the money I spent was spent mostly on necessities. I hope I'm right.
With this list, I'll also provide descriptions and a review of the products that I bought. I'll also include the product links for the readers who might be persuaded to add these things to their cart for the next sale in line haha. Disclaimer: I'm not sponsored by these shops in any way. If you find something you like, just click/tap on the image of the product and will automatically redirect you to the shop/product link.
This has been my go-to wipes for almost a year now. We were using an expensive brand of saline wipes for the first few months of our baby's life. And while that brand was nice, has lots of extra moisture that makes it easier to wipe poop off of my baby's skin (and in my skin too lol), the wipes themselves look like they will not disintegrate in the next 5 years. So I went looking for other brands.
I did find eco-friendly ones, most of them boasting about using pure water solution. However, they turn out to be so dry that when you pull one wipe out, you get 10 sheets instead. So when I saw video on Facebook about an experiment testing the biodegradability of a few wet wipes brands by burying them under soil for a few months, I took note of which brand disintegrated the earliest. It was Organic Baby Wipes. It's biodegradable and has the right amount of moisture that I prefer. It's also made from natural plant extracts, like Aloe Vera and chamomile, that are gentle to the skin. And just like with other baby wipe brands, this brand does not contain parabens, alcohol, chlorine, or any harsh chemicals. It smells nice, too!
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
The first baby toothbrush that we bought from Nature to Nurture was one that has bamboo charcoal bristles. I ended up traumatizing my daughter with our brushing routine for quite a while because those bristles turned out to be too harsh on her gums. I'm glad that they now have brushes with ultra fine bristles. She now enjoys brushing her teeth so much that she always insists on holding the toothbrush herself. As for the toothpaste, my daughter loves the taste haha. 50ml lasted us quite awhile since only a smear is required for toddlers under 2 (or maybe 3. I don't remember).
I love the smell of our current baby Shampoo Baby Care Plus. My daughter inherited her dad's overly productive sweat glands, so every time we get back from our little walk (we're lucky to be living in a spacious neighborhood where we don't bump into people when we do our walks), her body, especially her hair, would already be covered with sticky sweat. Usually, kids who sweat that much would be amoy araw. But because of the shampoo, her head would still smell like powder. The Shopee store ran out of the variant that we're currently using, so I just opted for the blue one. I haven't tried this variant yet as we're still finishing our current bottle, but I'm 90% positive that this product would have the same effect as the other variant.
We've been using Bite Block insect repellent patches for quite a while now. I say WE because my mother would ask me to save the rest of the sheet where the patches are from. Each pack has 12 patches separated into two sheets. The extra spaces beside the patches also have a fragrant citronella smell on them, so my mother would cut them out into small pieces and stick them on her legs. She says it really wards mosquitos off of her when she works on hers sewing machine. Yes, it does work!
The description in the bottle says that Johnson's Bedtime Lotion has been clinically proven to help comfort baby before sleep. I don't know about that but I can assure you that this is one of Johnson's best smelling products.
Because dede is life for my daughter, she always has milk residue on her tongue. Brushing doesn't seem to get it all off that's why I got this online. Although this was listed as a baby/toddler product, I haven't been able to use it on my daughter because the scraper thingy is still too big to fit in her mouth. Good thing the toothbrush we purchased from Nature to Nurture has a tongue cleaner at the back of the brush head itself. For those who have bought and used this, does this work?
I know, this is a beauty product. Why am I listing this under baby stuff? Mommies in cloth diapering Facebook groups swear by its effectiveness in lightening dark spots. Since cloth diapers are kind of bulkier compared to disposable diapers, there would be a lot of friction in the groin area for babies who can already walk. And, as we all know, too much and constant friction on skin would cause that area to darken a little bit. So I would smear small amounts of Human Nature Sunflower Oil on my baby's groin and inner thigh area every nappy change to help lessen the friction that would cause these skin areas to darken. I would also put a dab of this oil on insect bite scars. This did help remove those dark spots gradually.
By the way, this is also a great make up remover!
We're very grateful to have friends and relatives who have given us baby clothes. A few of my cousins, who also have daughters, have given us clothes that their children have outgrown. Some of these clothes look almost brand new. They would say that most of the outfits were worn only for a few times because babies grow so fast. Babies do grow really fast! My daughter is now outgrowing those lovely hand-me-downs that's why I'm now frantically looking for clothes that would last her until she turns three lol. The frog suits I specifically looked for. The others, Shopee suggested. It's sometimes scary how Shopee knows me well.
This one I bought from a work at home mom who primarily sells cloth diapers. She announced on her Facebook page that if you get at least one product from her Shopee store, you're entitled to one other product from her brand and it would only cost 5 pesos. Yas! I chose one dress and then checked out the 5 peso product, which later on turned out to be training pants that's originally priced for 160 pesos. Good deal!
This one I bought only because I had less than 50 pesos left on my Shopeepay account and a few free shipping/discount vouchers that were about to expire. Although not a necessity, I would still consider this a good buy because it's cheap and my daughter loves playing with it.
The heavy rains a few weeks ago really put a damper on our walking routine. So my husband told me to browse around Xhopee and get our daughter a raincoat. He wanted to let her experience the rain without getting wet that much. However, shipping took way too long that by the time this raincoat was delivered, it wasn't raining that much anymore.
Coloring Flash Cards
This one is more like a Tiktok budol. When it comes to shopping for baby stuff, my husband gets easily convinced by products shown on his social media feed. Once, he saw an ad for a bubble maker that looked like a gattling gun. He immediately bought it even though we already had a bubble gun. Both baby and daddy really enjoyed playing with that gattling gun bubble maker.
Same with these flash cards. These aren't your ordinary educational cards. Here, you can pretend to color in the pictures just by putting water in the brush pen (see photo below). When the water dries, the picture goes back to white and you can pretend to color it again with your brush. Amazing, right?
Husband was so amazed by the video he almost bought all the sets available. My daughter already knows how to hold a pen and pretend to write. This one's perfect for her because this time she can pretend to color.
My daughter loves playing with our neighbor's basketball. She would pick up the ball, try to bounce it to other people, then squeal with delight when they catch it. Seeing her happy that way always makes my day. So regardless if it's a sport for boys, I'd still let my daughter play basketball as long as she wants. Besides, girls play basketball too.
Stain removing detergent
I use Mr. Bundles' Oxy Wash liquid detergent for my daughter's cloth diapers. Sometimes there would be stains that are hard to remove, like stains from the zinc oxide cream that I would use for my daughter's rashes. I was glad to find out that Mr. Bundles released this product so I didn't have to buy from a different shop. I only use little amounts on the diapers because it said in the instructions that the detergent can be quite strong. And it works!
We use this for the old TV in our room. We would extend the screen of our laptop onto this non-smart TV using the HDMI cable so we could watch Netflix on a bigger screen. We're actually saving for a casting device that we could use with this TV, but devices like that are expensive. This works so this will do for now.
Nova 3i phone case and pop socket
The buttons for the volume and power on my old phone case suddenly disappeared so I had to buy a new one. I also ordered a Cardcaptor Sakura designed pop socket because it's cute and the big phones are hard to hold onto without these pop sockets. I know, Nova 3i might be already outdated for some but my phone is still working fine. I'll use it until it decides to die on me on its own. By the way, I had to put a bit of glue on the design of the pop socket so it won't peel off. Docked one star off the review because of that.
P30 phone case
Not worth it. First off, the sound it makes when this case hits the floor doesn't sound like it could protect your phone. And the glass that's supposed to cover your phone screen would only frustrate you. There's just too much delay in the screen response because of the glass. My husband always plays mobile games on his phone so delays in screen response really is a big no-no. I'm not a gamer, but even I would get frustrated if my phone screen would not respond as quickly as I know it should.
I just had to buy a new one. The old one just couldn't stay stuck in my phone while it's charging.
It has been quite some time since we bought new underwear for ourselves lol. But if you're going to buy underwear from Shopee, please check the reviews. A lot of these listings mention brand names and would give you the illusion of being able to pick and choose which brand/s you like, but their products would all be the same mid to low quality products you could also find in street vendors along Divisoria. I'm not saying that these are unusable. I'm just saying that their quality is not at par with the ones being sold by official shops of the brands their touting to have.
The fabric is thinner than expected. Although the size in the tags are right, you'll definitely feel that they're not all the same when you wear them. The stitches are not that sturdy. My husband accidentally caught his foot in the fabric while he was trying to wear the briefs. The stitches connecting the garter and the fabric broke and unraveled. Now this underwear has a hole the length of his hand. But we shouldn't expect more if the price is cheap right? We still use them, but we'll be definitely buying directly from official online shops next time.
This we bought so we could terno up with baby when we play in the rain. But, again, we haven't been able to use it because it doesn't rain as much anymore.
Crochet Hook Set
Of all my purchases this month, this one gave me the greatest satisfaction. Branded crochet hooks are really expensive. I'm talking about thousands of pesos per hook (hello Furls!). I know the the price might sound insane, but just like with any craft, higher priced tools provide more ease in use. So when I saw that this Indonesian craft store is having a flash deal for this Tulip double ended hook set, I immediately jumped at the chance. This set can go up to 500 pesos locally (still reasonably priced). Good thing I still have free shipping vouchers and Shopee coins whch brought the price down to 193 pesos. What a steal! I couldn't help but brag about this on my crochet channels at noise.cash.
I got to finally use it when I started a made to order baby outfit, and wooo, the glide is soooo smooooth. My hands didn't need to exert a lot of effort anymore. I'm so happy knowing that they would no longer hurt that much if I decide to crochet for long periods of time. I would easily recommend this to those looking for branded crochet hooks. Of course, there are better options (like the Tulip Etimo sets), but if you're on a tight budget, this will already do the trick.
Big A** Tunisian Crochet Hook
This I would tag as an unnecessary purchase. Someone posted this for sale in one of the Facebook crochet groups that I'm in. The biggest size that a Tunisian crochet hook set would have is 8mm. So when I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. I don't have any need for it (yet), but, again, I gotta have it. So here I am, with a big a** tunisian hook, not knowing what to do with it (yet).
This is now my go-to milk cotton yarn shop. I was thinking of making a sweater for a relative's birthday, but I wasn't sure how many skeins I should get. I tried looking at posts from crochet Facebook groups (they're a really big help), and I think I saw one where they said they used up to 1000 grams of milk cotton yarn. That's a lot. Thinking that knitting might require less yarn, I only bought 500 grams from a store that had the lowest priced milk cotton yarn that I could find locally. This store is so reliable that if you place your orders early in the day, they'll have it picked up right away and it gets delivered on your doorstep the next day!
I bought this so I could practice making crocheted scrunchies. Crocheted fashion items suddenly became in vogue right now that even luxury brands like Prada and Gucci are coming up with crochet collections. Crocheting is my favorite hobby ever, so I'd like to jump at the chance at making money with this hobby while the trend is still hot haha. And I'm going to start with scrunchies.
So this is the end of my online shopping rundown for the month of July. If you noticed, the bulk of our haul are baby stuff because when you become a parent, the well-being of your child comes first. And my husband has the least number of purchases, always lol.
I know some of the reviews sound like justifications of why I bought something I didn't need to buy. However, I'd like to think I was honest with the reviews I provided for each product. And listing down all these purchases made me realize that OMG we did spend a lot of money on online shopping last month. Now I'm actually concerned.
Now that Lazada's and Shopee's payday sales are looming around the corner, I know I couldn't stop myself from buying stuff online. But at least now I've had the realization that we have already spent so much and it's time to cut back.
I'd like to make this online shopping documentation a monthly series to make myself accountable lol. I will try to cut back on my online shopping, so don't be surprised if the next article about this topic will have fewer reviews for fewer items haha. See you next time!
This article took me a week to write. Mommy duties would only give me free time in the very early hours of the morning. But, even then, baby would still wake up and demand for my presence. Phew! That's why, I'm so proud to have finished this. Having a sponsor really pushed me to not give up and try to continue writing. So, thank you @bmjc98 for being my first ever sponsor! I'll stick it out and try my best to write more.