Day 7 of simplifying my life – Monitor Your Impulse Spending Urges

Did you notice the new layout? 😀 I figured that in line with simplifying my life, I’m going to simplify the look of the blog as well. Hopefully you will like it as much as I do 🙂

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If you are like me, then you know how easy it is to impulse buy. Especially since we live in a time of instant gratification. See this? Like it? Buy it! I admit that I have a problem with impulse buying and here are some tips that could hopefully help you too!

The first step is to admit you have a problem. Not to sound like AA but it’s true! Once you admit that this is a problem, you can take steps to do something about it.

The next step is to monitor your urges. Get one of those small notebooks (you definitely have one lying around the house/apt). If you’re one of those who loves technology, use your smartphone, ipad for this. Keep the notebook handy by your computer, in your bag when you go out. Every time you get an urge to buy something, practical or not, write it down in your notebook. Write down every single urge whether it is when you’re at the store, browsing online, looking at a catalog, talking to your friends.

It doesn’t matter if you eventually buy the item or not. Just write down each urge as it happens.

I like to write them down and review them at the end of a day or sometimes a week to see what urges I have been having. It’s truly enlightening. If you want to take it a step further, write down the location beside the item. This will help you identity what is causing those urges. Urge for M&Ms at the grocery store? Next time, you’ll know to avoid the candy aisle. 🙂

The rest are probably tips you know already but hey, it works!

  • Avoid the mall, other shopping areas & shopping sites (online). Just going there greatly increases the chance that you will buy something on impulse. Do something else. Go running, hang out with friends, get a book from the library, or just chill at home with a cup of tea 😀
  • When you go shopping, go with a list and stick to the list. Anything that is not on the list doesn’t get purchased!
  • Keep a 30-day list. When you truly truly want something, write it on your 30 day list (with the date on it). If at the end of 30 days and you still want it, go ahead and get it. This is contingent on the fact that you do have the disposable income to get the item and not go into debt for it. If you don’t have the money for it now, save for it! After putting it on the list and waiting 30 days, you might realize that you don’t want it that badly after all. Plus remember, you have to toss 2 things for every 1 thing you bring into the apt/house (this rule applies to me).
  • Are your friends shoppers? Find some activities to do with them instead of shopping. Shopping with fellow shoppers often ends up in an enabling game where you end up encouraging each other to buy something. Instead, do something else. Host a potluck dinner. Go for a picnic. Organize a running club where you meet up, run once a week together and have breakfast after.

I hope these tips will help you and I can’t wait to hear your tips and advice on how to curb your spending urges!

Adios~

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