I know I'm not the only one who goes into the store to buy one thing, and leaves with bags full of stuff. Or, online window shopping turns into 10 items in my shopping cart. It's pretty insane. But I've learned ways to break the curse... it's a matter of putting them into action that's the hard part.
I love to shop. And yes, I'm the Money Girl but I have my weakness. Yesterday, I went to the mall and splurged big time. To my defense, The Limited is going out of business so I bought a ton of work clothes for a great deal. I can be in a mall for hours and not get tired. Trust me, the time, nor money, was planned to be spent. But hey, it's life.
Throughout high school and college, I didn't really have a lot of money to leisurely spend, so I stayed away from the mall as much as possible. I was always the smallest of my friends, so I "shopped" in their closets, or happily took their hand-me-downs. Aye, one (wo)man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure.
But, now that I'm a working woman, I have some money to play with. I think I had some type of culture shock in money form. I've never made consistent money like this, and now, I feel like I'm in a whole new world. I don't know if it's a good thing, or a bad thing. I'll walk into the mall intending to return a shirt, and leave with three bags full of clothes. Not good.
Here are some tips for the next time You (and I) go to the store:
- If you don't see it, you won't want it. So stop looking.
- Stop online window shopping in your spare time. It's not a sport.
- Only go to the store when you have money you're willing to spend.
- Don't transfer money from your savings account.
- Matter of fact, set up a completely different savings account that is not linked to your checking account.
- Only take the amount you want to spend... in cash.
- Leave all your cards in the car, or at home.
- Only buy stuff on sale.
- Everything will eventually go on sale.
- You'll forget what you bought after a week, so is this really worth the money?
I know I'm not the only one! If you are in this boat with me, I feel you. It's all about discipline.