Impulse Shopping: How to stop!

Hi my name is Fely and I was a shopaholic! 

Indeed I was.  You know that movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, yup that was me about 10 years ago.  I would seriously buy something just because, no need for it, no use for it, but hey maybe one day I would use it.  After all it was on sale!  Oh boy if I could turn back time, how differently I would do things now but I was selfish back then.  As hard as it is to admit it, I was.  It was all about me, what I thought I needed, wanted, and desired.  I had no one to think about except myself which was good but I should have been saving for the future instead of just wasting it on material things I really didn’t need at the time.  Those things made me so happy, so I thought; I tried finding happiness in material things.

Impulse shopping is something that is hard to control.  It is something you don’t think about at that moment but just simply buy it!  Which in most cases you don’t need what you purchased.  It is more of a want, than a need if you want to put it that way.  In America, credit makes buying things super easy and accessible instantly.   That is where most people fall into trouble.  They rank up their credit cards and buy stuff they don’t need.  In the end they end up broke and full of debt they can’t pay back.  At the end those material things that once brought you happiness for a few minutes in your life, just make you unhappy at the end.

There are a few questions you can ask yourself to avoid over spending and impulse shopping.

  1. Is it a need or want?  Do I really need it or is it something I just want for pleasure.  Sometimes it is hard to tell, especially to a shopaholic but if you can survive without it, then you probably don’t need it.  This is probably the most important question you should be asking yourself
  2. Can I afford it?  Do I have to use my credit card to buy it?  Then don’t buy it.  Save up your pennies if you really want it and is important for you to have.
  3. Do I already have something like it?  Look in your in your closet.  Sometimes we forget what we have in our closet if we just buy buy buy.  If so, you don’t need it.
  4. Will I use it more than once?  If it’s a clothing item, can you combine it with different pieces?  Will you wear it more than once.  Practical questions like this are easy to narrow down whether or not you should buy it.
  5. Can I wait until it goes on sale or borrow from a friend?  Do you need it right away?  Or can you wait just a few weeks to go down in price to help you save a little bit of money.  Also, check with friends and see if they have something similar you can borrow for the amount of time you need it.
  6. Can I find it cheaper online or can I use money saving apps.  Now that I am more money savvy, if it is a big purchase I compare it online to see if it is cheaper there and whether I can use my apps to save additionally.  About 50% + it will be cheaper online(see my favorite apps here).

It almost sounds like a guide to be cheap but as silly as it sounds training yourself to ask these questions will help you in the long run.  Do this with everything you buy and make it a ritual.  In no time you will start seeing your priorities change little by little.  Best thing is you wont be buying stuff that will just sit in the corner for ages.

As for me, I am happy to say that I no longer need these material things to make me happy.  My priorities have changed since having my girls as well, I would rather buy them new shoes than buy myself that purse that will probably be used a couple times before I am tired of it.  Biggest lesson I’ve learned is that people will accept you whether you have a LV bag or not.  If they don’t then you need to find new people to hang around you.  Live within your means and never feel less for not having as much as your neighbor.



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6 comments so far.

6 responses to “Impulse Shopping: How to stop!”

  1. Ryla Rose says:

    Thats how I was for awhile and then I stopped. This post was amazing and helpful.

  2. Alex Tabar says:

    When I had a full-time job and no life, money was definitely not a problem. I took me a while after I quit and started this new life as an entrepreneur, to realize that I was a shopaholic as well and that I was so stressed out that I needed to fill my life with random stuff from Amazon. Today, I’m more conscious about money because the big paycheck doesn’t exist anymore and I think that has been a great lesson. Thank you for sharing your experience and these tips!

  3. I used to be the same way! Now I’ve ditched everything for the mountain life. I feel like I was such a different person back then, always needing material items to fill some void. So happy that’s in the past haha

  4. Ruth Bloch says:

    So difficult not buying EVERYTHING! I’m particularly addicted to places like tjmaxx….their gold label section is amazing!

  5. I definitely need to bookmark this post for future reference.

  6. Erica Q says:

    I need to take a page out of your book. Your closet is gorgeous! These are such great tips.

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