When shopping because I am stressed or bored, I have started saying:
- Why do I really want this?
- Is it 100% perfect for what I want?
- Where will it go?
Then this is what I do:
LIST IT IN A WANT LIST & FORGET ABOUT IT
Listing it in my Want List to think about later takes it off my mind for at least 24 hours.
I’ve found it has started helping me once I list out what I think I want because I just end up saying: No, I don’t really want that in the end.
It has majorly cut down on Impulse Spending.
GO THROUGH THE CLOSET TO FIND SIMILAR PIECES
I have similar items and I keep buying MORE similar items.
Once I start pawing through my closet, thinking about the New Item saying: I want this, I want this, I want this, I find I don’t really because I already have it.. in various forms.
COMPARE IT TO SOMETHING ELSE I REALLY WANT
On the very top of my list is a coat (surprised, anyone?), specifically this coat:
Whenever I want something I think: Do I want THAT NEW ITEM or this coat?
…and it has cut down on at least 75% of impulses.