The Simplest Way to Tame Impulsive Shopping Is So Quick No Influencer Will Tell You About It
Bless your personal finance before it becomes your only priority.
I’m a seasonal shopaholic because my parents have rained cash on me since I can remember. And I’m still the cutest ( and youngest ) member of my family. So, I still have unsolicited and unlimited financial support from them that I don’t plan to exploit.
Our experience with money significantly decides how we manage personal finance.
While impulsive shopping is difficult to kill from the get-go when its pattern becomes hard-wired from repeated experiences, here is an effective system I’ve found that has been helping me with conscious purchases since I became debt-free after a long time in May 2022.
Steal my recipe to bless your finance and refine your shopping behaviour.
#1. The criminal joy in window shopping.
Independent of whether you like online or offline shopping, the options are so many that we want to flood our wardrobe with everything we can stock up in one go.
But the feature of window shopping is to give you a quick high and get back to everyday life because otherwise, you make a thoughtless purchase that would end up collecting dust in your cupboard.
Window shopping has become my replacement for Netflix while eating when I have no idea what to binge-watch ( it happens more often than I admit ). So, I stalk fashion stores online.
#2. Have a wishlist outside of the shopping apps.
Whenever I want to buy something, I look for it online, but I never purchase it on the first urge.
I see all the options available, add the item to my OneNote shopping list and then forget about it.
The hack works like a charm because it tells you the value of the product you want to purchase.
When you add the item to your isolated all-rounder wishlist and forget about it for a few days or weeks, it’s a powerful sign you have saved yourself from a regretful purchase.
#3. Don’t punish yourself.
Everyone has their custom frequency of shopping cycles in categories like electronics, clothes and fashion accessories.
But when you don’t know if your uncontrollable desire to buy something will lead to an investment or a financial landmine, setting a reasonable frequency to check your wishlist improves your relationship with shopping.
For example, my wishlist is never empty. Whenever I check it on the weekend and still see some items worth the purchase, I feed my desires.
But 70% of the items on my wishlist slide to the bottom instead of ending on my cupboard and collecting dust.
Impulsive shopping should not be why you break your balance bank immediately after payday.
Although I don’t know if I’ll ever overcome the urge to surrender to impulsive shopping because of my relationship with money that my parents developed with unlimited cash showers, dwelling on the past does not get us where we want to be.
Learn from your mistakes, move on quickly, and as soon as you find a hack that works better than mine, I’d love to hear your opinion.
Here is a recap for your memory:
- Window shopping is a low-key way to satisfy your shopping hunger by intentionally flooding your brain with too many options that it gets more confused than excited.
- Have one all-rounder wishlist outside the shopping apps before entering your credit card details.
- Don’t punish yourself. Otherwise, you won’t like the process.
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Sanjeev is a mentor, writer, and fitness enthusiast from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not engaging with students in solving their doubts or busy writing, he’s sweating either in a workout, vlogging, or playing with his cat, Jim. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter.
This article is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered Financial or Legal Advice. Not all information will be accurate. Consult a financial professional before making any significant financial decisions.