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Control That Impulse (Buy)!

Who could POSSIBLY live without it?

Money Beagle recently offered a series of strategies to help consumers avoid the dreaded impulse buy. The four hints there are filled with good words and true.

Some years ago, SDXB taught me an easy and surprisingly effective anti-impulse buy strategy. When you’re in the store, pick up the object that you covet. Examine it carefully. See if it really, truly has or does whatever you think you want. While you’re turning it over in your hands, consciously ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

Then, set it back on the shelf and go on about the rest of your shopping. Get everything else you went to the store specifically to buy. Once you have spent some time elsewhere in the store, return to the impulse-buy object.

By the time you get back, nine times out of ten the answer to your question will have coalesced in your mind. And the answer is usually “nope.”


2 thoughts on “Control That Impulse (Buy)!”

  1. That’s good. I don’t consider myself to be much of an impulse buyer, but the times that I’m about to, if I could get myself to walk away from the item I would loathe going back to that part of the store just to pick it up again. Especially massive Costco!

  2. Good advice. For bigger ticket items you are thinking about buying I would suggest going to look at it at the store, then waiting at least a week before going back to buy it. If you are still thinking about it a week later than you really want it.

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