Sometimes when the mood strikes to shop til you drop, you might not necessarily be thinking about the financial consequences that come along after that luxurious shopping trip. If you are a bit of a shop-a-holic, or if you are just looking for tips to cut down on spending or reducing your carbon footprint, the following tips will come in handy.
Change What You Shop For
One of the first steps to stop yourself from impulsively buying things you want but don’t necessarily need is taking a look at what you spend the most money on. Perhaps you have a weakness for buying shoes, or maybe you hoard books. Taking a step back and asking yourself a few simple questions can help put shopping in perspective. Try asking yourself “Can I afford to buy this?” “Do I really need this?” “How often will I use this item if I buy it?” If you find yourself questioning if you should buy an item or not, then chances are you probably don’t need to spend the money on it. Rather than spending all of your hard earned money on your favorite shopping items and getting yourself into financial trouble, try to opt for buying more practical things.
Try Window Shopping
While it may sound silly, window shopping is a great way to get the “shopping bug” out of your system. While this method might not work for everyone, I find that sometimes I find myself shopping because I’m bored. So sometimes, just going out and looking at things I’d like to buy but not actually spending money is a great way to entertain myself and keep myself out of trouble. Another thing I like to do when my shopping urge is extremely strong is to put the items in my cart or basket and continue on my shopping spree as I normally would, but then put everything back or only choose one or two items. While it may sound crazy or silly, its a great way to get the shopping urge out of your system, and gives you time to reconsider your choices. Besides, walking away from the store spending $10 instead of $100, or not spending a penny can feel so rewarding at the end of the day.
Shop Your Closet/Swap With A Friend/Shop Secondhand
Feeling the need to go shopping for a new wardrobe? Instead, why not try mixing and matching different items you already have in your closet that you normally wouldn’t wear together? Sometimes just trying out a new look can help curb that shopping urge. Another thing you might consider is swapping clothes with a friend or family member for awhile. Being able to wear some new duds, but not having to spend an arm and a leg for them is ideal. If borrowing from a friend or mixing from your current wardrobe just won’t cut it, try secondhand stores or thrift shops. A lot of these stores offer great name brand clothing for a very reasonable price! I’ve found great name brands like Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Converse, American Eagle, J. Crew, etc. at my local thrift shops or used clothing stores for $10 and under.
Freeze Your Credit Cards Or Keep Them At Home
When all else fails, if you find yourself too weak to stop shopping, freeze your credit or debit cards. Literally! Just stick them in the freezer. This will make it harder for you just go out and shop whenever you like. It will be harder to spend money because the cards will need to thaw out. Another thing you can try is leaving some of your credit cards at home, instead of carrying them in your purse or wallet at all times. This will make you less likely to use them when you are out and about at your favorite stores.