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Avoiding Impulse Purchases while Shopping

One of your budget’s biggest enemies is that of impulse purchases. Despite going into Target to ‘only get a few things,’ you end up leaving the store with new décor items, some bath towels and new kitchen glassware as well. If you find that you’re falling prey to impulse shopping more and more often, the tips below will help get you back on track and beating the urge to purchase unnecessary items.

Don’t go to the Mall Unnecessarily

You’ll only get the urge to purchase something if you’ve seen it while browsing, so stay out of malls and other shopping areas unless you truly need to be there. While at the mall, only go to the stores you have to be at as well – this will prevent you from seeing anything else that ‘would be nice to have,’ but that wasn’t even a consideration before you’d actually seen it.

Edit your Junk Mail

 The main reason why companies send out junk mail is to encourage consumers to purchase more of their products and services – regardless of whether they’re needed or not. Items you purchase as a result of ‘seeing them in a junk mail advert’ are classified as impulse buys – again, you wouldn’t have bought the items previously because you hadn’t seen it before.

Start by getting your name off of as many mailing lists as possible – online and offline. A non-profit organization called can be a big help regarding getting your details removed from physical junk mailing lists, while the ‘unsubscribe’ button on shopping emails can become your best friend at a time like this as well.

Pay with Cash

Several studies have shown that when shoppers pay cash instead of whipping out the debit or credit card, they will usually spend a lot less because it’s physiologically more difficult to part with physical money. Individuals who pay cash for their purchases end up spending as much as 50% less than if they had used a card to pay for the goods.

De-clutter before Buying Anything New

Before allowing anything new to be brought into your home, implement a rule that sees one old item being sold or given away first. This will not only prevent your home from becoming too cluttered over time; it will also remind you of the items you already have – chances are that you may already have something similar at home to the item you’re looking at in the store window.

Ask yourself some Questions

Before picking up that new item, ask yourself if it will improve your life in any way, if it will help you achieve one of your life goals or whether it will make your life easier or not. Answering these questions will help you evaluate whether it will be beneficial to purchase the item or not.

Resisting impulse purchases will not only help ensure that your home remains as clutter-free as possible; over time, your bank account will also thank you because you’ll be able to save more money – that can be used at a later time to purchase something that you may have been wanting for a long time.