Have you ever discovered you’ve bought things from the shop you do not need? No doubt at least just once in your life you have! On bringing home another fabulous ice tray, you realize that there are already five ice trays in the freezer. Once again you scold yourself and promise not to buy extra things anymore. Does it work? Definitely not. Learn to control yourself if you are sickened of spending money on clutter and impulse buying and after-buying remorse.
First, understand how the stores manipulate buyer’s senses. It’s not a secret that there are a great many tricks to turn the pockets out. Be aware of the most ingenious ones: scents and sounds, the touch factor, colour, navigation and promo signs.
Second, list every single item you need. Constantly ask yourself whether the thing you want to grab is crap. An extreme but powerful procedure is to write a do-not-buy list. After you listed everything you need and do not need, split it up into categories: really useful; less useful; something you want to buy; crap – if there is no reason to have it or you’ve already purchased it. Revise the subcategorized things once again trying to be honest and sensible. Once you’ve done, go on with decluttering. Your house is full of things you never used and will never do. Pile the stuff then take a picture of it. Next, get rid of them (donate, give away, throw, sell). From time to time look at the photo and you see how much junk you’ve had before.
Another step is to get into the right spending habit. Calculate how much the no go stuff costs. Be accurate and write the total you’ve got. Surely you could have saved much of money! Do the same with the time spent on using all that rubbish. Plenty of time could have been spared on more pleasant things! Right?
Now it’s time for a rewarding stage. Turn the saved money into vital goods or non-material things such as education, accommodation, holiday, hobby, charity or even investments. Think of the things you have never afforded and that make you happy. The money economised on crap will make your dreams come true.
Probably it will take you more time to break away from crap-buy habit than you expected, but it is worth doing. Control yourself every other time you are in the store, block impulse purchasing once your hand is reaching unnecessary goods. Get used to testing questions: Why to buy it? Have I planned it before? Where and when can I use it? Do I follow my budget? Always stop shopping or do not visit a store if you are tired, hungry, upset or angry. Believe all these strategies will work out.
Have you ever discovered you’ve bought things from the shop you do not need? No doubt at least just once in your life you have! On bringing home another fabulous ice tray, you realize that there are already five ice trays in the freezer. Once again you scold yourself and promise not to buy extra things anymore. Does it work? Definitely not.