How to Stop Impulse Shopping
It happens to the best of us, impulse shopping. You buy something just because there is a pretty ‘clearance’ sign that is glistening under the fluorescent lights. But the sad truth is, it ends up sitting in your closet for months and months until it is thrown into a bag and shipped off to Goodwill. To avoid a messy, disorganized, overfilled closet filled with “did-I-really-need-these?” items, I have come up with some helpful tips to stop that dirty habit of impulse shopping.
1. Buy clothes that are versatile. Never buy an article of clothing if you have the thought, “This will only go with….” Buy articles that will expand your wardrobe, where you can get the most out of your money. Search for items that can be worn many different ways.
2. Don’t buy something just because the price is right. The sale isle is my weakness! This is why I can easily spend $50 at the Target dollar section. I know I am not alone in this. Just because something is on sale does not mean you need to buy it. I find that I make these irrational choices at wallet-friendly stores such as Forever 21, H&M, etc. Put thought into every purchase regardless of the price.
3. Shop alone if you can. Personally, I like to shop alone. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am by myself. The reason I think it is best to shop alone is that someone might persuade you to buy something that you don’t need. For instance, one of my best friends had me spend $50 on school supplies at Walmart and I wasn’t even in school at the time, or a teacher! Phrases like, “You should get it!”, “Buy it!”, “Oh you need this!” may have you easily walking out with pieces you may never wear.
4. Love it, don’t just like it. My husband and I have this rule before purchasing anything, we have to absolutely love it in order to buy it. Before heading over to the cash register, ask yourself this, “Do I just like it, or do it LOVE IT?”
5. Try everything on. I never purchase any type of clothing without trying it on first. Clothes look different on the hanger versus on your body. Also, it helps to make sure there are no rips, stains or runs within the material.
Do you have any tips on how to stop impulse shopping? Comment above. I would love to hear from you!