If you’re one of those people who cannot stop shopping, this post may give you great new ideas on how to avoid impulse shopping and save money by buying what you actually need. Impulse shopping is an issue for many of us; most people are recovering shopping addicts while some are still struggling. If you are the latter, here are three ways below to help you curb the shopping addiction.
3 Ways to Avoid Impulse Shopping
Struggling with impulse shopping? Here are the things you need to do –
Don’t shop when you feel stressed
If you are dealing with any emotional issues, it is best to stay away from shopping completely until you start to feel like yourself again. Research has shown that our brains react differently when we are stressed or dealing with emotional issues, and these changes in the brain cause us to make reactionary decisions instead of thoughtful ones. If you have to shop when you are feeling low, take a break and ask yourself if you would buy the item(s) on a different day. This question would allow you to reassess the situation to ensure you are making the right purchase.
Have a budget and stick to it
This sounds easy but many of us shop without a budget and this is when it becomes tricky. It is important to have a budget and stick to it, that way we don’t get carried away while shopping and overspend. Having a budget also helps in making sure we stretch our money even more because when we have a budget we tend to look for sales and discounts to get more for our money.
Online shopping is a great way to avoid impulse buying because we only search for items you want and buy them. You won’t have to go through aisles and aisles of tempting products when shopping online and that is one of the main reasons why it is such a great idea to shop online. Plus, shopping online is also super convenient. I don’t have to physically leave the comfort of my home to get what I need which is amazing.
What do you think of these 3 tips to avoid impulse shopping? Do you struggle with impulse shopping at all? How do you deal with it? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below, let’s chat.
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I use Martin Lewis guideline on it:
Skint – “Can I afford it, do I need it, have I checked the prices elsewhere?”
Not skint: “Will I use it, is it worth it, have I checked the prices elsewhere?”
Ah me: I can still do impulse shopping online too, though not as easily as in the brick built shop’s. If I spot a bargain….. 😏
A good reminder post for us all, Stella
I love this Martin Lewis guideline. I will be using it too! Thanks Carol.
Shopping is one of my stress relievers and its breaking my wallet! Thanks for the tips
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