5 ways to avoid the impulsive shopping

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Few people have never succumbed to impulsive purchases. Each store tempts us with seductive proposals. We do not just spend money, but we fill our homes with unnecessary items, which afterwards we do not find the strength to get rid of. And even if we find the strength, is not it better to avoid spending money on unnecessary things?

The first and fundamental rule in “impulsive shopping” is to learn to clearly distinguish the concepts of “I like” and “I need”. The store shelves will always be loaded with things that we like, or at least catch the eye. Wonderful! Take the thing in your hands, look at it, touch it and try it on if it is a garment or shoe. And then remember that “I like” is not yet a cause for purchase. Try to imagine the fate of this item after you buy it. Will you experience the same rapture of it in a week? Will you even remember it after three months?

Try to shop with cash rather than with cards. Of course, the second option is more convenient, but experts are adamant it is much easier to spend a “virtual” amount of money than the paper such available in our wallet. In this way it is likely to change your mind about the purchase if you have to go home to pick up the shortfall of the amount.

To leave the store and make a purchase decision when you are at home is the best way to determine the true strength of the desire to own the item, even if you are carrying the required amount of money in your purse. And if you decide that without this item you can not live a day longer, then you have successfully passed the test of the power of desire and even the laziness will not stop you from returning to get it. Of course, this method can not be applied daily. This is a decision for the most serious cases – for example, when the unnecessary impulse purchase may very severely hit your budget.

Make shopping lists and try your best to limit those from the Internet and to prepare a list of upcoming purchases for 30 days ahead. The idea is that any potential purchase to first be in this list and the feasibility of buying it to be within a period of at least a month. Practice shows that in this way, when you have to wait, your interest to the so “necessary” at a time item, after time evaporates. It will be of great benefit to you if you learn to compose a clear list of the purchases from the grocery store before you go there. Try not to succumb to the temptation to buy things that are not on the list and have only tricked you with the seemingly bargain price. If the offer is good, then include it in the next list and let the purchase wait for the next trip to the store.

Do not go shopping as soon as you have received your salary – first calculate how much of the amount will go for utility bills, food, travel and other vital expenses. When we have a solid amount of money available, it is more difficult to think clearly about how much of it we can spend.

The impulsive and unnecessary purchases have a common cause, which is rarely spoken of. For many of us shopping is not so much necessary as much as a way to kill time, a kind of therapy. Some women do not know another way to deal with stress. It is therefore important to learn other ways to combat it. If shopping is your only outlet, it is a clear sign that you need to change something, especially if you feel that the purchases no longer bring that joy as before.

In fact, we do not buy things but opportunities – opportunities to make our life happier, comfortable, and meaningful. If the new purchase do not fulfill all of the above, why do you need them?


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