Tips To Help Stop Impulse Buying


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!

Keep A List Of What You Actually Need

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.

Write it down and wait

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.

Organize what you already have

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!

Shop your closet

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.

Dress: made + designed by me! | Black Top: Monki | Oxfords: DSW | Tote Bag: IKEA

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!

42 responses to “Tips To Help Stop Impulse Buying”

  1. Mica says:

    These are good tips! I definitely try shop my wardrobe more, and I ask myself if I’ll wear something twice in the month I buy it when considering any new purchases, that usually stops impulse buys. Unless it’s something I can really see working in my wardrobe, haha!

    Hope that you have had a great weekend 🙂

  2. Radi says:

    I’ve become really good at this. I know what I want and buy it whenever I feel like the time is right. This year I’m on a roll LOL!

  3. I needed this post since we are going into fall and I always want new things to add to my closet. Shop your closet is something I need to do more! Great tips Kara!

  4. Quinn says:

    It’s like you can read my mind 😉 I’ve been itching to impulse by lately, but have been trying to put that money towards experiences – even if that means the thought of a massage or getting my nails done. It’s so important to shop your own closet (or other’s!). My coworkers and I have a little group where we all exchange clothes as we clean out our closets for the different seasons. It’s been so fun! Happiest Monday, Kara xx

  5. Carmelatte says:

    Great post and well said! I always try to analyse every purchase, in terms of quality and in terms of… well if I really need it. People should start making smart purchases!

  6. Nina says:

    Loved this post! I have making a huge effort and shopping my closet!
    xx- Nina

  7. Hi Kara
    I was very attentive reading your post because I suffer from that problem, don’t that I don’t need all the things that I buy, but because I love so many stuffs ahahah
    great styling that dress, congrats!!

  8. Gabrielle says:

    Keeping a list of what you actually need is my favourite tip you’ve shared in this post; it’s something I’ll now be planning to do for Autumn – thanks for the motivation babe! 🙂 x

  9. Allie Mackin says:

    I use to struggle a bit with this too. And I have gotten better with this as well. Not just with clothes but with trinkets too. I tend to buy those on impulse and you almost never need a trinket.

    You look great in your dress!!

    Allie of

  10. Jamila says:

    Your tip about writing a shopping list of needs instead of wants comes in really handy. Plus, I always forget to shop my closet once in a while and end up thinking I need new clothes when I really do not. Mixing and matching existing pieces to come up with new looks can indeed make all the difference! –

  11. Simone says:

    Your DIY dress looks amazing on you! I think it’s a good idea to write down the things you want and wait, I should do that too. Maybe you realize after a week that you don’t really need it.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  12. Natalia says:

    Congratulations on speaking about this! I think most fashion bloggers feel that if they contradict consumerism, then brands won’t want to work with them. But we cannot act only for business in this time. People are spending a grotesque amount of money in unnecessary things, when social and environmental entrepreneurs need our support to compete in difficult markets. We are buying a lot of nonsense when our oceans are full of plastic. We need to stop buying on impulse and reflect on our actions.
    Thank you so much for being a game changer 🙂


  13. Nancy says:

    I am so guilty of impulsive buys. Even worse when I have to return it because I ended up not liking it, which shows that it was based out of impulsiveness. I like the idea of keeping a list of the things you actually need. That way, you know what to focus on. Thanks for sharing all of these tips! Definitely important things to keep in mind.

    Nancy ♥

  14. Tania Franco says:

    Your tips are awesome, I actually do something similar! I save what I love on pinterest and if I still want it after a while, or some months, I shop it. First it has to go through a checklist that I have which lets me know if it’s worth it. If it checks out as comfy, and versatile I’ll buy it! I adore your dress Kara. Back in the the 90’s I had a similar dress style, like with an overall top. It was one of my faves, now I wish I still had it! I used to wear it with a white top all the time. Are you going to be selling your designs? The dress looks wonderful on you, super cute!!


  15. Marie says:

    Oooh I needed this post! I have to stop buying unnecessary things!

    Dark Waltz

  16. Grace Liang says:

    These are wonderful tips! I think we are all guilty of impulse buying so this is so helpful! Thank you for sharing.

  17. Ivana Split says:

    You look beautiful in that dress. Lovely shoes and tote bag as well. This is such a cute look on you. Simply ideal for the summer.
    Moreover, this is a great theme! I don’t have a problem with impulse buys, especially when it comes to clothes. In fact, I rarely buy new clothes. I think in my case it has to do with just enjoying shopping my closet. I think building a closet we will really love is important as it helps us resist temptation of buying new things. If we really love the clothes we have, we are less tempted to buy new ones.

  18. Missy May says:

    I really needed this Kara. These are solid tips. For the past few months I’ve been shopping my closet and I love the gems hidden there.
    On the outfit, you look comfortably beautiful and wonderful.

  19. Love this post. I used to impulse shop but after learning about what it does to our environment, I’ve gotten better about thinking first before purchasing. I always shop my closet first and usually have pieces that date back a few years which I love styling. Your dress is super cute and love your bag. The swirly designs is so cool.


  20. Hannah says:

    This post is so helpful! Recently I’ve been making use of the save features on websites and leave items there for a while to see if I still like it when I look back. It definitely stops the impulse buy xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  21. These are such a great tips. I only wrote down what I need and don’t buy others things. Sometimes it is very hard when I saw something on sale, but I think is that on my list and really helps me. You look so beautiful in that dress. I really like your photos.

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  22. Lovely says:

    Your DIY dress looks awesome Kara, I do tend to impulse buy so thanks for these tips darling!


  23. Melissa Kacar says:

    These tips are so helpful! I always try to be mindful and think through all of my purchases now, too! Writing it down and coming back later is so helpful for me! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  24. Jenny says:

    This is such great advise. I really try not to impulse buy and am generally very good. For the first 3 months of 2019 I only bought sale and charity shop items, that was great to stop impulse buying too because I was limited with what I could get

    Jenny | Local Leo

  25. Tina says:

    Such perfect tips – I’m definitely getting better in not buying impulsive but sometimes it still tricks me 😉


  26. Margot says:

    Such a great article.
    Now I’m ordering online and I think it’s help me a lot to not be too impulsive as I always take forever and think twice before to make my cart.

  27. These are great tips! I’ve definitely gotten better at not impulse shopping, but it’s hard sometimes!

  28. I typically shop my closet but recently have been doing it more lately. My work schedule has been mad and I haven’t the time lately to shop, to be honest. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing your tips. <3 /Madison

  29. Diana says:

    I’ve just gone through my closet, cleaned it out and know exactly what I’m looking for in it! I think it’s important to make a list and to really learn that self control with purchases- which I’m still working on haha. This was a great read xx

  30. Jessica says:

    Great tips dear, especially the last two. Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica |

  31. Yiota says:

    A list is so helpful, I always have a list with me with the items I need!!! x


  32. Naya says:

    You look so radiant and happy, love these photos of you! And couldn’t agree more about lists and shopping your stash (be it makeup or wardrobe). I also find that having Pinterest boards helps make things fun and creative again; often times you’ll find that you already have what it takes to recreate a certain look or outift xx


  33. Dheera says:

    Wow!! you wrote a very interesting and great article to read. Those are some great tips especially the second and the third one. I too used to struggle with impulse buying but now I got better with time. Have a nice weekend.


  34. Eva Redson says:

    great post dear, very inspiring! 🙂

    xx Eva

  35. Kathrin says:

    These are great tips! I used to impulse-buy a lot more in the past but I’ve gotten better at it. I love the tip about writing down the item on a list and seeing how you feel about it in a few weeks. I’ve actually done something similar where if I shop online I’ll put items in my cart and come back to it in a few weeks to see how I feel about them. I also love to shop my closet as sometimes there really are items that I’ve forgotten I own and it’s always fun to rediscover them.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  36. jasna says:

    I totally agree with these tips babe, I definitely dont impulse buy as much as I used to 🙂 xx

  37. Kinga says:

    Good article 🙂 I always try to think about that thing more than 30 hours, if I still want it, I buy it, but most of these things I don’t want to buy after 30 hours 🙂

  38. Avalon says:

    Won’t lie as an incoming college student I needed this. I love the small bit of happiness a package in the mail gives me, but my bank account doesn’t love it haha. I agree with writing what you want to buy down and waiting before you buy it so that you don’t do spur of the moment purchases.

    xx Avalon from Simply Avalon

  39. Ivana Split says:

    have a great week ahead!

  40. Mani says:

    These are definitely some tips I should start using from now on, haha! I totally agree when it comes to waiting it out before buying something. In the moment it’s easy to get carried away, so I try to delay making purchases when I can 🙂

    Mani /

  41. Kirsty says:

    This is exactly the post I needed to read. I am the WORST at impulse buying but hopefully I can start controlling myself haha!

    Great post!
    Kirsty x |

  42. Deliria Rose says:

    Good tips, so true!

    Love the background in these pics, by the way.


    Deliria Rose

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