Sometimes there is nothing better than the feeling you get when you purchase something that you want. But there’s also nothing worse than the feeling you get when you realize you made a bad purchase or don’t love the item as much as you thought you did. This is something I used to struggle with a lot, but I’ve gotten much better at not buying things on a whim. Since this is something we all do, I thought I would share a few hopefully helpful tips for stopping impulse buying!
Something I have started doing is keeping a list on my phone of items to buy that I actually need. This can be anything from a new mascara when my old one runs out to what food to buy for the week. This only works if you actually stick to it when you go shopping, but I find it’s really helpful.
If you want to buy an item that is not on your need to buy list, write it down and wait. I find making a list of items I want and then waiting a week or two before buying them is a big help. This way you have more time to think about your purchase, and if you still want it after a few weeks, buy it! Life is short and you should treat yourself to the items that you don’t need but want. It’s more about really thinking about what you are buying.
I shared this in my tips for organizing + decluttering post, but organizing your space can be such a big help to stop impulse buys! Getting rid of what you no longer need and organizing what you own so you can see it all helps you use what you already have. If you don’t know that you own it, chances are you won’t use it. So take some time to organize!
This is a classic tip, but it really is the best thing to do! Go through your clothes and see if there are any items you forgot you own. You can also spend some time styling different pieces together that you haven’t worn together before.
And those are a few tips to help stop impulse buying! It’s important to remember that no one is perfect, and sometimes you just should treat yourself to what you want in that moment. Instead of feeling guilty for shopping, think of it as shopping smarter for items that you actually love and will love for years to come!
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!