(Closed) Someone stop me from shopping….

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I go through waves of the same thing.  If I spend a lot one month I notice it and then vow to cut back.  I know that it’s hard.  Internet shopping is my vice.  What helps me is to usually focus on something really important that I want in the future that I should save money for…like another house, a different car, etc. 

Post # 4
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used to shop online a lot too because I was bored or would see a sale and get lured in.  Once I got engaged tho, and realized how much it costs to get married, my shopping was curbed drastically.  Every now and again I’ll treat myself, but it has to be for something special.  

If you do a lot of online shopping, sometimes it helps to just put whatever you want in your online cart, then let it sit in there for a bit before clicking the purchase button. That’s what I do, and then when I re-visit it and see the total with tax and shipping included, I get totally turned off and realize I don’t need what’s in the cart and that the money can be put to better use.

Post # 5
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I used to have a shopping addiction! I mostly would do it when I had a bad day … kind of like ice cream … I would treat myself.

What cured me? The past two years or so, I’ve been donating clothes with tags on them to the salvation army. Clothes I bought myself that I never even wore. They were perfectly fine, I just had too many clothes. When I filled a garbage bag up of clothes I had never worn and donated it, and then I went back to my closet six months later and did the same thing, I knew I had a problem.

Now, when I shop, for me or for anyone else, I just ask myself, “Do I/recipient really need this?” I can usually always justify a reason to get something, but that doesn’t mean I need to buy it when I have something at home that serves a similar purpose.

Saving up for vacations and a house has kind of helped, too 🙂

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