Social media is actually one of the best places to go “shopping”. You can get people’s personal opinions on clothing, beauty, tech, and more, see the items in action, and get more of a real life look at them. But social media can also make saving money and buying less harder. When you are constantly seeing new items that you like, it’s very easy to forget about your no spend month (this has happened to me more times than I’d like to admit). So I’m going to share a few things to keep in mind when scrolling through social media that will help you buy less and save more!
I’m sure a lot of you reading this have a blog or an Instagram account, and you create content to post online. It can be very easy as a content creator to be tempted to buy something, whether it’s a clothing piece or beauty item, just so we have something to post about. Now it’s 100% okay to buy things with your blog and Instagram in mind! In fact, I do this all the time where when I’m purchasing clothing I think about how it will photograph.
But you should never buy something you don’t love, or can’t afford, just to create content. There’s no worse feeling seeing something you spent your hard earned money on and not loving it.
Put things into perspective. You don’t know someone’s financial situation. They could have worked many jobs to buy that designer bag or maybe they are in debt. Chances are you will never know, which is why you shouldn’t buy something just because you feel like you have to. It’s of course okay to treat yourself and buy what you can afford, but don’t ever feel like you have to buy something to stay up to date with “trends”.
If you found an item while scrolling that you really love and want to buy, I would suggest not buying it for at least 24 hours. This way you don’t make any impulse purchases and if you are still in love with it after a day or two, then go ahead and buy it!
Now not all items go on sale, but quite a lot of popular stores do put items on sale or have a sale. If it’s close to a holiday that they often give a discount code for, or if you are okay with maybe not getting the item, wait to see if it goes on sale. There have been many times where an item I’ve been looking at finally goes on sale, and there is no better feeling then getting a good deal!
And those are my tips for buying less and saving more while on social media! I hope these tips help, and let me know if you have had any shopping impulses because of social media.