Being a shopaholic is indeed a problem, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. Stop giving into instant gratification by following these simple tips and start living a well-balanced lifestyle.
Do you always end up picking up stuff other than the ones in your shopping list? Have you got a wardrobe full of clothes you hardly wear? If you do, then you are a shopaholic, my friend!
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Shopping, today, has turned into a pastime for most young adults in India. This trend could be a result of constant exposure to TV and Internet advertisements, those huge billboard ads, and the proliferation of shopping malls. Not only do these manipulate our spending habits, they turn you into impulsive, emotional spenders.
Well, occasional indulgence isn’t bad! What is the point of earning money if you can’t buy things that you like, right? But that doesn’t mean you should be over-spending. Spend only what your pocket permits you to. Here are few simple tips to kick the habit of impulsive spending out of the window.
Say NO to impulsive buying
No, everything that attracts your attention is a not a necessity! The next time you badly want that beautiful dress or that fancy laptop, wait till the next day to buy it. The urge to buy impulsively is mostly a subconscious reaction, so most of us realise later that it was a good decision to have skipped buying it.
An easy way to beat impulse purchases is by planning your monthly expenses in advance. Set aside the required sum for paying your monthly bills and savings. And then, if you still have enough money left, you could probably satiate some of your desires.
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Make a wish list
Everyone has a wish list!
Pen down all the things that you wish to own someday. This way you can schedule your purchases across months and not end up spending all your hard-earned money (or exhausting your Credit Card’s limit) at once.
Keep advertisements away
Advertisements are everywhere! Keep yourself away from manipulative ads by taking these small steps:
- Get an ad blocking software for your browser
- Unsubscribe from all mailers from retail stores
- Restrict visits to malls and shopping complexes
The lesser the exposure to advertisements, the lesser you’ll spend unnecessarily.
Monitor your Credit Card spending
Do you have a Credit Card? First and foremost, learn how to use it smartly if you want to lead a debt-free life. Make sure that you assess your monthly Credit Card bills, so you can eliminate unnecessary expenditure in the future. Another way to minimise your Credit Card expenditure is by not carrying it with you everywhere.
Going shopping or meeting your friends at the mall? Leave your Credit Card at home, unless there’s some irresistible offer that’s applicable only on your card.
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Stay away from malls and online shopping sites. Shopaholics are easily lured by these places and they often end up spending a lot of money. Next time you’re bored and feel the urge to go the mall, try out other activities. You could try reading a book, going for a walk, or visit a friend. Take this small step and save yourself from temptations.
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The next time you’re tempted to dash to the mall and buy unnecessary stuff, think about what impulsive spending can do to your finances, and life in general. Managing finances can be a tedious task for a shopaholic, but it is important to inculcate this practice if you want to lead a peaceful and financially-sound life. All it takes is a little bit of control over your spending habits and you’ll be free from the trap of impulse buying.