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Confessions of a Compulsive Chopper (Shopper)

Ready to shake things up in the kitchen? It’s time to chop, dice, and slice your way to culinary greatness—all while keeping your wallet happy. But be warned, it’s not just about chopping veggies—it’s about slicing through those impulsive shopping urges too.

spicy homemade pico de gallo vegetable chopper tomato onion jalapeño cilantro

Not long ago, I did something I hadn’t done in years—I took a weekend off. It felt amazing. We had friends over and I whipped up some fresh salsa …

Enter my go-to kitchen sidekick, the Chop Wizard. This little gem saved the day by effortlessly chopping tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro. Trust me, it’s a game-changer! This thing is amazing and super inexpensive.

It chopped the tomatoes fast and uniformly—without launching seeds and pulp across the room or turning the whole thing into a squished mess. I chopped onions, garlic, and peppers, too.

For my famous Pico de Gallo salsa, you’ll need these freshly chopped ingredients: freshly chopped onion, tomato, jalapeno (go easy!), green bell pepper, fresh garlic, and cilantro. Mix ’em up with lime juice, salt, and pepper (all to taste), and voila! You’ve got yourself a tasty treat.

Confessions of a Compulsive Chopper

I’m just smitten with my chopper—it’s become a staple in my kitchen adventures. Honestly, I find myself seeking out things to chop just for the sheer joy of it. I’m a chopping fool! And the results are always so amazing. I even took Chop Wizard to the office a while back and held a demonstration for my tolerant staff.

My Favorite Vegetable Chopper

I know I run the risk of this sounding like I’m a paid spokesperson for Chop Wizard. It’s just that this little gadget has saved me so much time in the kitchen. And the best part? It inspires me to get creative and make things from scratch, which, let’s face it, saves me a pretty penny too!

I stumbled upon my Chop Wizard during a late-night TV infomercial binge years ago. And guess what? They still make it!

For my TikTok aficionados, you might recognize the Chop Wizard as the FullStar Vegetable Chopper. While the Chop Wizard is the OG, this new kid on the block is causing quite a stir on TikTok. With four blades for slicing, dicing, julienning, and even ribbon spiralizing, it’s one excellent, seriously upgraded option I can recommend if chopping is your jam.

Confessions of a Compulsive Shopper

But hey, let’s be real—not every purchase from those late-night ads or PBS specials has been a win. I’ve had my fair share of disappointments, courtesy of my impulsive tendencies. Looking back, it’s a bit cringe-worthy to tally up the junk and cash I’ve squandered over the years.

When it comes to my shopping tendencies, let’s just say I’m compulsive with a capital C—like, impulse buys are my middle name. Picture this: on what might’ve been the worst day of my life, I found myself knee-deep in financial ruin, thanks to a habit of using credit cards to sustain a lifestyle we couldn’t afford. I never meant to steer us down this path, but 12 years of blissful ignorance about our finances came crashing down hard.

Hitting rock bottom was the wake-up call I sorely needed. But let me tell you, those early days were tough—I had to face the cold, hard truth of what everything truly cost, armed only with cash and a newfound sense of responsibility.

A Cheat Sheet for the Compulsive Shopper

Over the years, I’ve developed a handy cheat sheet to keep myself in check. These questions are like a lifeline, helping me navigate the tempting aisles and online carts with ease.

Here’s how it goes:

1. Do I need it?

This is the golden question. Not “want,” but “need.” Will this purchase truly enhance my life or fulfill a necessity, or is it just a fleeting desire?

2. Can I afford it?

Before swiping that card or clicking “checkout,” I pause and assess my financial situation. Can I comfortably afford this purchase without jeopardizing my budget or financial goals?

3. Do I already have something that will do?

Ah, the classic case of redundancy. Before adding another item to my collection, I consider if I already own something that serves the same purpose. No need for duplicates!

4. Can I wait for a more reasonable alternative?

Impulse buys rarely lead to satisfaction. I challenge myself to step back and explore if there’s a more budget-friendly option available or if waiting for a sale or promotion is a smarter move.

5. Am I certain I have located the best deal?

With the plethora of online retailers and price comparison tools at our fingertips, I make sure to scout out the best deal before committing. Saving a few bucks here and there adds up!

6. Am I willing to submit to a self-imposed cooling-off period to think it over?

Sometimes, all it takes is a little time to cool off and reassess. I’ve learned to embrace the power of patience by implementing a self-imposed waiting period before making any major purchases. It’s amazing how clarity emerges with a bit of distance.

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Curbing Those Compulsive Shopper Tendencies

You wouldn’t believe how many times these simple questions have stopped me short—forcing me to stop and think and then saving me from making a foolish purchase.

And there have been just as many times that this exercise gave me the confidence I needed to make the right purchasing decision. After all, a little mindfulness goes a long way in curbing those compulsive shopper tendencies.

Question: What strategies have you found most effective in curbing impulsive shopping tendencies? Let me know your secrets in the comments down below.


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  1. Susan Sharp says:

    I used to buy a ton of stuff from catalogs. Years ago I started dog earring those pages with items I “had” to have and put it aside. 99% of the time I forget about it and end up throwing out the catalog. Compulsive catalog shopping conquered!

  2. Amanda Richards says:

    I love my chop wizard. I’ve had it about 5 years now & I use it mainly for my radishes. I eat Keto & love hashbrowns, but they have too many carbs, so I sub radishes.I use the matchstick cutter & it makes the perfect size to fry.

  3. Lori M says:

    Vidalia Chop Wizard is amazing! I use it all the time, especially for onions. I even bought one for my sister and mom. It is such a time saver!

  4. Sally Davison says:

    Mary, you are an influencer! After reading your blog I ordered my very own Vidalia Chop Wizard. I spend 30-45 minutes every day putting a salad together for our lunch. MY Chop Wizard is supposed to arrive today (even though it is my husband’s birthday) so I am very excited and can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for your great ideas.

  5. tboofy says:

    Sounds like there are a lot of us who love our chop wizards! I’ve replace mine a couple times, too. I always use it when I bottle salsa. I also like to take onions or green peppers and chop them and put them in the freezer so I have them whenever I want them.

  6. Rachael Schueler Sutherland says:

    I have to admit that I don’t have a Vidalia chop wizard, I have an Alligator chopper. Same thing, different brand, in stainless steel. I love that thing. It was a bit pricey but I think of all the hours it has saved me over the years and it was totally worth it. Best kitchen investment ever!

  7. Esther Andrade says:

    I can’t repeat it enough times, “The Vidalia Chop Wizard is my new best friend”. I love it and use it whenever possible and like you, look for things to chop. I bought it on a whim and fell in love. My family thinks I’m crazy but, I intend to give it as a Christmas gift to all the women in my family.. Iknow they will love it as much as I do. Well worth what I paid for it.

  8. Betty Thomas says:

    I hate hauling out (and cleaning afterwards) my food processor to make a batch of salsa. This sounds wonderful. One of my tricks to keep me from impulse buying is to bookmark the item I want and put it aside. I revisit it in a week or so and usually I don’t care or want it anymore. Works for me!

  9. riva roffman says:

    I love my chop wizard! My kids use it more than I do, and it really gets them to eat more salad. I use it also for soup. Much quicker this way! Do not buy the generic brand. It’s half the price but no good at all!

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