Daily, advertisements convince us that we need certain items in order to be happy. We know “things” don’t make us happy, but sometimes the way we shop reveals a different story. Are you more prone to buy an item just because it’s on sale? Do you buy items for yourself, family members and friends, but by the time a birthday, holiday or special event rolls around, you can’t remember where you put the item? Do you shop when you are feeling “down?” Are you a spender by nature? If you answered “yes” to one or more questions, don’t beat yourself up about it. According to a recent study, Americans spend thousands of dollars a year on impulse shopping. Could impulse shopping be feeding into the amount of clutter you have in your home?
If so, what is a person to do? Well first, if you plan to buy yourself, a family member or friend a special gift, start by deciding what you will buy that person. Instead so many times, we go into a store, see an item and instantly think of a particular family member or friend who could use this item. Without even giving it a second thought, we place the item in our basket and continue shopping. If you plan ahead and make a decision to only buy a certain item, you are less likely to impulse shop. It’s the same way when you go into the grocery store. When you have a list, you are more likely to stick to the grocery list than just walking down multiple aisles and throwing items in your grocery cart.
Second, do a little bit of research to find out the average cost of the item. If you know how much an item normally costs, when you actually see this item for a lower price, you’ll absolutely know that it was purchased at a great deal. More money in your pocket! Ka-Ching! Search google.com or amazon.com to find out the price range of your particular item.
Third, save money each month to use toward buying this special gift. You get to determine how much this amount will be. Make sure it’s an amount you are comfortable with putting aside. Even if it’s only $10 a month, in just 10 months, you would have saved $100 toward a gift for yourself, a family member or friend. Keep this money in a separate account so you are more apt not to spend it easily. Make the process for taking out the money from the account difficult.
Now when you are ready to purchase that special gift, you can do so without much guilt. Keep the clutter in your home to a minimum by using the above tips when making your next purchase(s).