Guide to Avoiding Impulse Buys and Unnecessary Splurge

Do you ever find yourself leaving the mall or scrolling through online stores and realizing you've made a ton of unnecessary purchases? Trust me, we've all been there. Impulse buying can be a tricky habit to break, but with a few simple tips and tricks, you can learn to avoid making those regretful purchases.

First and foremost, it's important to recognize why we often make these purchases in the first place. Sometimes we're just bored, and shopping provides us with a quick fix of excitement. Other times, we might be feeling down and believe that buying something new will make us feel better. Whatever the reason may be, it's crucial to become aware of our underlying motivations and work to address them in healthier ways.

So what can we do to avoid making unnecessary purchases? Here are a few tips from Indy and Eve to help you shop smart and resist the urge to splurge.

1. Make a list

Before heading to the mall or browsing online, take a few minutes to make a guide or list of the items you actually need. This could include groceries, household essentials, or clothing items you've been actively searching for. Stick to the list as closely as possible, avoid straying from it unless you come across a truly exceptional deal on something you've been wanting for a while.

2. Set a budget

It's easy to get carried away when shopping, especially if you don't have a set budget in mind. Before you start browsing, decide how much you're willing to spend and try your best to stick to that amount. You can even use cash instead of a credit card to make it easier to keep track of your spending.

3. Avoid Temptation

If you know that certain stores or websites are particularly tempting you, try to avoid them altogether. Delete those shopping apps from your phone, unsubscribe from email newsletters that tempt you to shop, and steer clear of stores that you know will lead to impulse purchases.

4. Wait it out

If you something you really like but aren't sure if you need it, give yourself some time to think it over. Put the item back on the shelf or close out of the website and wait a few days. If you're still thinking about the item after that time has passed, it might be worth going back for. But more often than not, you'll realize that you didn't really need the item in the first place.

5. Shop with a friend

Having a shopping buddy can be a great way to keep yourself accountable and avoid making unnecessary purchases. Choose a friend who knows your shopping habits and will be honest with you if they think you're about to make a mistake. Plus, shopping with a friend can be a fun way to spend time together without spending a ton of money.

6. Learn to love what you have

Sometimes we get caught up in the idea of something new and shiny, even if we already have a perfectly good version of that item at home. Try to focus on the things you already own and appreciate them for what they are. If you're feeling like you need a change, try rearranging your furniture or styling an outfit in a new way instead of going out and buying something new.

Remember, it's okay to treat yourself every once in a while, but it's important to do so in a mindful and intentional way. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to avoiding those regretful impulse purchases and becoming a smarter, more conscious shopper. Happy shopping!

Guide to Avoiding Impulse Buys and Unnecessary Splurge