Shopaholic Confessions: 5 ways to control your urge to shop

Confessions of a shopaholic: “It is the sale season and I’m almost going crazy.” Amazing deals and discounts can be so tempting that controlling the urge to shop becomes next to impossible. But before you become a compulsive shopper and spend all your hard earned money on random things, we’re here to help you and also share some useful tips on how to control your urge to shop.

Control your urge to shop in 5 simple ways

1.Shopping ban

Create a 30 day list wherein you cannot buy a particular category, except necessities. I do this a lot with books. I force myself on a book buying ban. This helps me save, read what’s on my bookshelf, and only shop wisely.

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Bought these at the beginning of the year and ever since my book buying ban is going strong.

It is a great way to control your shopping addiction, and you end up buying only the essentials. Also, this method helps you track every penny you spend which will surely make you a smart shopper.

2. Plan your purchases

It’s true that everything on that EOSS sale looks tempting. The new red dress, tan tote bag, amazing skincare combo and what not. But it is a fact that you don’t need it all. Plan your purchases so that you can control your expenditure.

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Plan your purchases in a way that you enjoy shopping and save money at the same time!

If you’ve already gone shopping for dresses, then control the urge to shop those shoes. If you’ve already spent a bomb on your skincare, then maybe your make-up and books have to wait till the next buying cycle.

3. Avoid sales

Avoid going to the malls during sales and even browsing the website during sales. I’m saying this after making a huge purchase online. But to my defense, I haven’t shopped in about two weeks and these skincare essentials were almost over.

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Resist the temptation! Yes, you can do it!!

Everyday there’s a new sale going on. And it is just a way to lure you. I know it is really hard to control the temptation. But be strong for that one moment and you’ll sail through.

4. Sleep on it

The best way to control your urge to shop is to sleep on the idea. Put the item in your cart and think whether you actually need it, or is it just an impulse buy. Let a couple of days pass. If the item is so good that you cannot stop thinking about it, then you might as well buy it.

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Be a smart shopper. Think, access, and then buy!

But most times, you’ll see that the fizz and excitement will die out and you’ll be able to make a wiser decision.

If you’re planning to shop for shoes in this sale season, follow these shoe shopping tips .

5. Try minimalism

Minimal living is the new mantra everyone is moving to. You don’t have to hoard items in your closet. Buy things that spark joy. So for 2019 my rule was to buy new make-up only when a particular item finishes. This way I tend to use all that I already have, there is less wastage, and I save up a lot of money.

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Minimal living is the new mantra. Try it and I’m sure it’ll give you lots of happiness.

Till now I’ve been quite successful in following these rule. Just a few exceptions, like last week when I was tempted to buy new lipsticks. But then I think that’s a little reward.

Before you buy ask yourself these questions:

  • When will I use this?
  • Do I have another one like this already?
  • Why do I want to buy this?
  • Can I wait to buy this?
  • Are there better options available?
  • Is there an alternative product that I already have and can use?

Share this post with your shopaholic friends and cousins. And don’t forget to implement these tips and tell us if you found them useful.

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Kritika Manchanda

Kritika Manchanda is the author of a fiction novel – ‘December Breeze’ and a Features Writer at Let's Expresso. In addition to being a lifestyle and travel blogger, she is an ardent reader and a crazy dog girl!

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