If you’re anything like me, shopping is a go-to stress buster in times of stress and difficulty. The joy that a new piece of clothing or makeup brings is almost entirely unparalleled. But it’s easy to overspend, especially if you do use retail therapy as real therapy. There can be a genuine feeling of guilt associated with a big blowout shopping trip. Try these few tips to avoid overspending when you’re out shopping.
Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry
You’ll find that you make more impulse judgements when you’re feeling a bit peckish, and they won’t necessarily be decisions you’re happy with later on. Food shopping when hungry is, of course, a terrible idea, unless you want to come home with the entire snack aisle and not much else.
Beware Of ‘Buy One Get One Free’
They’re there to snag you, but they don’t necessarily work out as a good deal. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve grabbed yourself a great bargain, but in fact, you’re now the proud new owner of something you probably never needed, or even really wanted. It’s the same with the sales and the 50% off deals – if you weren’t going to buy it in the first place, don’t just buy it because it’s on the reduced rail. You’re still spending extra money, however you look at it.
Remind Yourself Of Your Finances
As you’re shopping, keep thinking back to your finances. It’s so easy to just throw your credit card at the saleswoman and not consider the consequences, but being careless in the area can have a genuine long-term impact. If this is something which concerns you, seek advice on checking your credit report.
Don’t Make The Saleswoman Your New Best Buddy
She may seem friendly, but she’s just doing her job. The power of suggestion and compliments is their main sales tactic, and it’s very easy to be sucked in. Don’t feel obliged to buy something just because you’re worried about hurting her feelings. Be polite and respectful but firm.
Try To Stick To What You Need
If you go out with a list, you’re more likely to stick to it, theoretically. Even if it’s not something you need critically, but something you’d really like, such as a new lipstick or dress, try only to buy the thing you went out for. It’s tricky, but it will help stop overspending.
Be Wary Of Check Out Areas
Check out areas are where they display all the cool little gadgets and cute pots of lip balm. You don’t need them! They’re only there to entice you to spend a few extra quid while you deal with the boredom of queuing. You really only need so many mini mascaras and pots of Vaseline.
Most importantly, enjoy shopping but don’t let it control you. Stay aware of how much you’re spending, and don’t let yourself buy extra little things, just because you’re going to have to go through the hassle of paying anyway.