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If you're looking for tips on how to stop shopping, then you've found them. Welcome and keep reading for the goods. :)
Buying things we don't need contributes to clutter build up, wastes money that will most likely be necessary later for something way more important and sucks time right out of the day.
Here are 5 ways to kick your shopping addictions for good. If you have any ideas to add, please leave them in the comment section at the bottom of the page. Thanks and enjoy!
Unsubscribe from the email lists that flood your inbox with coupons and deals all the time. I totally understand wanting to know about good sales and ways to save money on stuff you do need, so first unsubscribe from the ones that you never purchase from. Then have your email service send the subscriptions you keep to a designated folder automatically, so that they are there IF you need them rather than in your inbox tempting you to make a purchase.
Don't run away! I know this is an annoying suggestion, but it doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. You can do this with a simple Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or you could use a software like Quicken. However you decide to do it, tally up how much you're spending and what your spending it on every day. Do this for at least a month, so you can get an idea of what the numbers are. Things really add up quickly; it might surprise you (and scare the addiction to shopping right out).
Yeah I totally just made that up, but it has a nice ring to it. The one-in, one-out rule is simple: if you're going to bring something IN to your world, then you need to go find something similar to give away or OUT. Ever have those moments when you come across something and you think, "Oh! I forgot about this (fill in the blank with an item you own)."? This method reminds you of the stuff you already do have and might reignite the desire to use of it again instead of buying something new.
Before purchasing something, I always think to myself first:
What am I going to use this for?
Where will this item live in my house?
If I can't answer those 2 questions quickly and clearly, then the item doesn't get purchased. This is a good practice, because it ensures that the item has an actual purpose (NOT, well I could use it for...) and knowing where it will be in your home keeps it from becoming clutter.
Come up with a system that allows you to get your shopping fix without breaking the bank. For example, permit yourself to purchase one wearable item per month. This includes clothing, shoes, jewelry, scarves and other accessories and purses. Or perhaps you could ban yourself from online shopping altogether so that you have to physically go to a store to buy something. Whatever it is, create a system that will work for you and it will keep your shopping addictions at bay.
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