My Top Ten Impulse Buys of 2016

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Oh dear, it’s a list post, I must be failing at NanoPoblano early.. I’m a sucker for impulse buys. I see things that I think I need to have in my life and I buy them. I like them, I try them, I think they’re wonderful.. but then they get forgotten about and just don’t seem that important anymore. Here are some of those from this year so far.

January Hexels 2 - A grid-based painting tool that you can use to create really cool stuff. I wanted to make all the pretty.. but I’ve opened it once and never looked at it again.

Toshl Finance - One of many finance apps I tried when I looking to get my budgeting under control (note to self: stop impulse buying!). I’m since using a different tool - I actually have a post written about that waiting to be tweaked - but I bought Toshl Finance too. I don’t remember anything else about it. It just looks pretty.

Windward is a cute little sailing game I bought on Steam. It’s lovely and i’ve played it once for half an hour.

March American Originals Popcorn Maker - This was definitely an impulse buy. As soon as there was mention of a movie night at Kith & Kids I bought this. I’ve used it a few times and it’s great, but it’s sat on the shelf for more than a few months now.

April Xbox One - I was humbled to be nominated for a charity award at work which saw me receive shopping vouchers. I spent them in less than a week on this. I’ve always steered clear of Xbox because the games don’t really appeal to me but common sense went out the window this time. Despite playing a handful of games on it I very quickly found there wasn’t much else I liked the look of.

May Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet - A game I backed on Kickstarter, knowing of the creator Alasdair Beckett-King, from the Adventure Game Studio Forums. I have the DVD boxset on my shelf as yet unplayed. For shame.

July Pro Fitness Space Saver Exercise Bike - I’ve used this for a grand total of 20 minutes. Enough said.

August Playstation 4 - I picked one up on Ebay in a definite impulse buy. Just couldn’t resist. I’m much happier with the choice of games though, even if i’ve yet to pick up No Man’s Sky again..

September XCOM: Enemy Unknown - I’ve started watching the Late To The Party Eurogamer YouTube videos with Aoife, Johnny and Chris which are hilarious. This was an impulse buy after watching the XCOM episode. It’s good but i’ve played it for just two hours.

October Soft Wookie Tee- My latest impulse buy and I’m not sorry. I blame Bradley for sending me on a t-shirt hunt. I don’t actually *need* any of this stuff which is terrible.

I’m currently tempted to buy an Amazon Echo, the voice-enabled speaker / virtual assistant that has now reached our shores. I know, I know, it’s a gimmick i’ll probably spend five minutes with and never use again. Plus there are more grown up things to spend my money on like savings and ugh debt payments. Must resist.

Do you frequently impulse buy? What was the last thing you bought?

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