Let’s talk about how to stop buying things you don’t need! If you can stop buying things you don’t need you will save money.
The first thing I like to do is ask myself why I am buying these things I don’t need. There are so many different reasons we grab things we weren’t planning on getting. I usually go shopping when I am bored and there is nothing else to do. Once you find your why it is much easier to stop the unnecessary purchases.
I had a question from a subscriber asking how I avoid impulse purchases and how to “not” shop. This seems like an easy answer, but it can be hard to stop shopping.
How To Stop Buying Things you Don’t Need:
I literally stopped shopping altogether. The only time I went to a store was to buy food. Even when shopping for food I made sure I had a list to stick to. I quit going to Target to “window shop”. This is the problem with window shopping, we inevitably see something cute or new, and then we have to talk ourselves out of the purchase. If you can avoid the store altogether you won’t have to waste your energy.
If I am decluttering all these items at home that I once thought were new and cute, then what will this new item mean to me in 6 months?
Make sure you unsubscribe from tempting email lists. I use to belong to a lot of free rewards programs to get a discount. Every other day I would get an email with a discount or a new offer. Even though I didn’t use these offers, I found them annoying. I was trying to stay out of the stores and I was still being tempted in my email.
It is very easy to unsubscribe from every promotional email that came my way. The less temptation the better!
I also deleted any apps on my phone that lead to store discounts. The target cart wheel app was the first to go. It is a great idea in theory, but I found myself wasting so much time trying to find deals. Funny how once I deleted all the discount apps on my phone I found myself shopping less often.
Garage Sales & Thrift Stores
My old hobby was going to garage sales and thrift stores. I love a good deal and I love vintage items. This all started when we first moved into our condo 6 years ago. We needed affordable furniture so thrifting was the best option.
I started to realize I had made thrifting (aka shopping) a hobby. This is when I realized I would have to come up with a different hobby or I would spend the rest of my life decluttering. My suggestion would be to come up with a different hobby or something that can take the place of shopping. I personally focused my energy on getting more creative; doing more art, starting this blog, and starting my youtube channel. In other words make yourself too busy with life to shop.
Change Your Habits
If you are in the habit of shopping you will have a hard time changing. Try to break the habit by replacing shopping with something else. By changing the cycle and replacing the shopping with something else you will have more success. The other plus is you will have less clutter entering your home.
The last thing that really stops me from shopping is clutter. I have spent the last year in a half decluttering my home and getting it organized. Decluttering is a LOT of work! The last thing I want to do is refill my home with a bunch of items that I am going to have to declutter again. If you can keep in mind the amount of work it takes to declutter when shopping you will be less likely to buy unnecessary items. It is kinda like getting in shape, when you work really hard at the gym you think twice before eating something unhealthy.
If you are doing less shopping than you were you will start to see savings. I did a few no spend months and I was shocked! We were able to save an extra $500 or more with each no spend month. Of course what you can save will depend on how much you make, but I promise you will see a difference in just one month.
Here are more simple ways to save money!
- Bring your lunch
- No snack food
- Stop buying coffee
- Make more money (side hustle)
- No cable
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