I think it’s safe to say we are all guilty of impulse buying at least once in our lives, and for some of us, way more than once.
Do you find yourself purchasing items you don’t really need (and often never use)? If you’re trying to reduce or even stop impulse buying, then these tips are for you.
It can be so easy to see a cute dress online and add it to your cart or pick up that extra knickknack at the store when you’re in the check-out line.
Unsubscribe to emails
Are you subscribed to countless newsletters from your fav brands? Same. It feels like hundreds of them, haha.
This likely started when you’d be at the mall and the store associate would give you a discount for signing up for their newsletter. We did this on repeat because we are all here for that discount. And did we ever unsubscribe? Never. 😂
Well, now is the time to start removing yourself from those money-grabbing emails. I’m sure you’ve opened your email to see an attention-grabbing SALE! from a brand you haven’t shopped in months (or even years) and thought, OMG, I should go see what they have and buy something. Same, but is almost is never worth it.
By unsubscribing to these newsletters, there will be less temptation and impulse to purchase something you don’t need. Also, don’t feel the pressure to unsubscribe from every brand, but try picking a handful you want to step back from.
Sleep on it
If it’s a big purchase, sleep on it for a day or two. This totally goes against impulse buying, I know, but this is one of the ways you can learn how to stop your impulse shopping habit.
If you allow yourself time to leave the store (or close out of the browser) and re-think it, you might even forget about what you wanted to purchase. This has happened to me many times, and I’m always glad I put it back down and reconsidered.
Set a budget
Decide how much money you can spend each month, and stick to that limit. If you give yourself $50 of shopping money and keep track of every dollar you spend, you’re more likely to stay within that range.
Shop with intention
Before you head to the location where you typically purge – whether that be the grocery store or your fav beauty store (hi, Credo), make a thought-out list of what you actually need. A simple checklist on your phone or pen and paper will suffice.
Do you already own this?