Many people enjoy shopping. Some of them reach the crazy level and become a shopaholic.
The worst is most people have limit resources and if there is no check on purchases, especially the unnecessary ones, a shopaholic may suffer from great debt in the long run.
It is important to be reasonable and modest so that we won’t feel panic after shopping. There are many strategies to try. Let us learn to be a smart shopper rather than a shopaholic.
1. Spend less time on shopping
Keep yourself busy with other things and stay away from the shopping mall, outlet, boutique, online shops and auction sites. Walk yourself to the park and countryside. Go to some exhibitions and museums for enjoying unique items. If you are interested in the latest trend, do not stare at shop-window, shelf and counter. Spend time to read the corresponding magazines in the library. You can also record related programs such as fashion shows and watch them at home.
2. Understand why you need to buy
Justify your purchase with a valid reason, no matter there is a discount or not. It can be a basic need, exhausted, wear and tear and a new tool to learn something, etc. Do not let buying impulse fool you. Not all items are a must in one’s life. You can always “kill” the “so-called” need by highlighting that you have similar items or replacement.
3. Go with a shopping list
If you have to buy things, always go with a shopping list. Do not simply jot down the category – bag for example. Be specific. State the quantity (e.g. one piece), characteristics (a hand bag that can put A4 size papers without folding, waterproof and the style proper to work), budget (e.g. not more than USD50), reason (e.g. the old one was torn). Stick to the list for the right track.
4. Tell yourself you don’t have the money
Keep telling yourself that you don’t have the money for the item even your wallet is full. There are always some gestures you can do to reassure yourself. For example, relocate the notes and credit cards from an obvious to a covered slot in your purse. Carry fewer cash in the wallet. You can also leave the credit card at home before shopping. Some people freeze money in bank account with time deposit.
5. Excuses not to buy
People can make many excuses to turn down a purchase. Here are some common ones. a) There is no space at home to stock the new item. b) It is too trendy and will be obsolete after this season. c) It is not good enough. Let’s take time to find a better one. d) This one is too common. I want to find something more special.
6. Delay purchases
Many purchases are actually not a need. Tell yourself buy those items next time. Let the interval serves as a cooling period to extinguish the buying impulse. When the impulse is over, redefine your needs. The intentional delay can often transform to cancellation and save people from a waste.
7. Shop in your own room
Decorate your room as if it is a boutique and display all your possessions. This can be easily done by adopting open-shelf design. Enjoy mix and match to explore new opportunities for all displayed items at home. Pay to the piggy bank as if you have made a real purchase. This shop is just for you. Enjoy being the VIP and the exclusivity.
8. Repack your items
Many items will have a new look if you pack them neatly in a brand new pp bag. Put these repacked items in some famous brand paper bags and carry them when you go out for shopping. Tell yourself you have already made many purchases and need no additional ones.
9. Clear the excesses by resale
Shopaholics have to handle excesses. Do not simply throw them into the garbage bin or give them away free. These two clearing methods are too easy. Don’t let yourself think you have any backup for the unwanted. Adopt a more difficult method by resale. Arrange a garbage sale, or selling items in eBay. The time, effort and big price cut to get rid of an item often can deter people from purchasing new items better.
10. Keep a portable expenditure list
Keep a portable expenditure list and jot down the details of every purchase. Check with the list before buying to see if you have already had enough. If you can’t remember or rarely use an item, don’t buy a similar one, but go back home to dig it out first. There is no excuse for forgetting an item and go for new purchase.
When shopping, don’t forget to insert self-control and apply strategies to cut unnecessary purchases. Stop being a shopaholic. Buy wisely and free yourself from waste and panic.