We’ve all been there…you’re standing at the sale rack, or perhaps you’ve even made it to the changing rooms, you’ve got a white blouse, or blue jeans or red t-shirt in your hand and you’re not really thinking as you make your way to the counter to pay… We live in a world of consumption, more things, all the time. But where does it stop? Where do we draw the line on what we want and what we need? I thought I would share with you some of my tips to avoid impulse buying.
- Ask yourself: do I want this or do I need this? For example, you’re looking at a new foundation…have a think about how many foundations you already have and whether you are closing to finishing any of them…mmm, I thought not, put it back. Or maybe it’s a roast at the supermarket but you don’t have any time after work to cook it…perhaps leave it till the weekend so it doesn’t go to waste.
- Avoid impulse buying opportunities. Instead of hanging with your friends at the shops, go to a cafe, restaurant, beach or park. Try to distance yourself from situations where you might be tempted to buy things you don’t necessarily need.
- If you are going shopping, make a list! This goes for grocery shopping so you don’t end up wasting and throwing out any food, beauty shopping, home shopping and clothes shopping. If you have a list you are way more likely to stick to it and not stray.
- Make yourself wait…whether that be waiting to save to buy something you really really want instead of putting in straight on that credit card or waiting to see whether you are still thinking about it a fortnight later or you’ve completely forgotten about it. Time will often allow you to see things clearly in life, and this also applies to shopping. There’s a reason they call it impulse buying as there’s no space in between seeing the item and buying it, it’s instant, on the spot and that is what makes it so dangerous.
- Don’t be afraid to say no to yourself. You are not depriving yourself of anything. If anything you are enriching your life with items you only need and will use, as well as saving some money in the process.
What are your tips for avoiding impulse buying? I would love to know in the comments below. I really hope you found this helpful!
Thanks for reading, Christina xo