30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
The impulse shopping season is upon us! Have you ever bought something you don’t need during an end of year sale? Have you opened your wardrobe months later to find unworn items with their tags still attached?
Here are five hacks to stop you from impulse shopping.
- Write a wish list. Buying sale items isn’t always a disaster, however you’re less likely to suffer buyer’s remorse if you prepare. Don’t ever leave for a shopping trip without a list. Seriously consider what you are searching for. Make the list quite short – pick only the things you want the most! A list of five items will help constrain your purchases. Bring the list with you and only search for the items on your list.
- Create a budget. Whenever you consider going shopping, reflect on how much you can really afford to spend. Make sure your budget suits your disposable income.
- Delay your purchase. Never buy something the moment you see it. A handy tip is to take a photo of yourself wearing the item in the fitting room. This way you can seriously contemplate the item as you take a break. Walking away for even just twenty minutes will help you make rational decisions about what you purchase.
- Avoid shopping sales. I often felt like I had nothing to wear when I shopped sales a lot. I got fooled into thinking I was getting a bargain, but the items I bought didn’t really fit into the bigger context of my wardrobe. My closet ended up being inconsistent and mismatched. Reduce impulse shopping by shopping only when you are capable of making rational decisions.
- Have defined shopping rules. Finally, give yourself some shopping rules. Pay attention to whether you favour certain fabrics, cuts or styles. Write down three top rules that will constrain your purchases. Whenever you go shopping, ask yourself if item of interest meets your rules.
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