Have your shopping habits changed in the last few months? With most non-essential shops being shut, many of us have had to reevaluate how we spend our money. There seem to be two teams: the ones that have massively cut down on unnecessary spending, and the ones who have fallen victim to online shopping out of boredom.
Even if you currently have the financial means to support weekly impulse buys, deep down, you probably know it's not the greatest habit to have. Here's how to resist the urge to hit the ‘buy now' button.
We get it - there's a certain thrill that comes with awaiting and unboxing a delivery. It's called retail therapy for a reason. But the satisfaction is fleeting when it's a purchase that you don't really need. Instead of tempting yourself with online shopping, try to look for other things to do when you're bored (ex. reading, watching a film or series uninterrupted). If you do find yourself opening up your favorite shopping site, ask yourself the following questions before you complete the transaction:
Do I want it, or do I need it?
It's an obvious one, but once you make the distinction, it's easier to say no.
Do I have a place for it?
If it's an item of clothing, do you have a spare hanger ready for it? If it's a trinket or a gadget, will it get lost on a shelf or in a drawer?
Do I already have something similar?
Ok, white t-shirts are part of your everyday uniform. But do you really need another one? How does it differentiate from your existing ones, if it does at all? Check your existing household inventory to see if it's something that will really add value to your life.
Realistically, how often will I use it?
Maybe you got more into cooking during the last few months, and you want some more kitchen gadgets to use. But do you really need a specialized avocado slicer if you only make guacamole once a month?
If you haven't been able to justify your purchase after considering these questions, it's time to step back. Even if your answers were ‘need, yes, no, and often,' that still doesn't mean you should start filling in your card details. Take a break and think about it for a few more hours or even a few days. If the item is still on your mind, chances are it will get more use when it arrives. Shop smart and save!