Tips to Stop Impulse Buying On the Holidays
The holidays are one of the best parts of the year, but along with this wonderful time comes a lot of temptation to get a little carried away with your purchases, especially on days like Black Friday. Stop the impulse buying! We know it might be tough, but here are a few tips on how to overcome temptation.
- Make a list
The best thing you can do when shopping is to create a list. It keeps your eyes from wandering, plus if you have a plan in mind, you might be able to bypass the crowd of holiday shoppers. Also, try to plan your list around specific stores that have great holiday coupons!
- Monitor your budget
As much as we hate it, our bills do not disappear during the holidays, so keep that in mind when you’re feeling the need to buy some extra goodies that you didn’t originally plan for. Will I be able to pay my electric/car/rent if I buy this pair of shoes? No? Move on then…
- Stay away from malls and shopping centers when you can
All those stores can really suck you in if you aren’t diligent! It may be hard to avoid these though when you’re shopping for your friends and family. Try and do some research beforehand to see if you can get the same items at a department store like Macy’s to keep yourself from the temptation of rows and rows of stores.
- Take a deep breath!
Were you unable to avoid the mall to get everything on your list? Don’t worry. We believe in you. If you feel yourself struggling with an additional purchase that you know you really shouldn’t get, or can’t really afford in the first place, just take a deep breath. Put the expensive handbag down and slowly walk away. You can do it!
- Keep your goals in mind
Alright, so maybe you actually have some extra money that is about to burn a hole in your wallet – but what is that money really for? Are you saving for a vacation? Are you trying to pay off some bills to boost your credit score? Whatever your goals are, don’t forget about them! Goals are important, but what’s more important is accomplishing them. Just think of how amazing you’ll feel knowing that you pushed through and accomplished exactly what you set out to do!
We’ve all been there, saying no to something we really want is hard, especially when we’re out shopping for other people. Staying financially stable is incredibly important and believe it or not, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Just keep these helpful tips in mind and staying disciplined will be much more manageable.