Each day I am bombarded with advertisements and incentives to spend. While reading online articles, ads pop up displaying clothing I have looked at. Offers to get a gift with a purchase are constantly flooding my inbox. To say the least, these methods are enticing. However, here are a few ways I'm eliminating my spending temptations.
Somehow, I have signed up for way too many email newsletters. Yet, it's easy to undo this damage. All I did was scroll through my email, visited the company's site and checked the "unsubscribe from future emails" box. This way I was not receiving tempting sale emails. I still remained subscribed to companies I often purchased from. However, now my inbox isn't inundated with 30% off dresses or buy one get one free emails.
Every time I make an online purchase, it seems that I start receiving the company's catalog. I used to take the catalogs inside my house. When I liked an item, I would dog-ear the page and sometimes buy it. Now, I have been tossing my catalogs in the recycling bin. As a result, I have been spending 50% less online. The next step is to call the companies and have my name removed from their mailing list.
Staying Away From the Mall
I don't go to the mall by myself very much. If I do, I usually end up buying something. When I do go to the mall, I bring my children. Rather than shopping, we ride the merry-go-round, look at the coy pond and spend time in the play area. Having my children at the mall prevents me from doing anything other than window shopping.
Avoiding Daily Deals
Sites like Groupon have some great deals. I see deep discounts on hair services, restaurants and experiences. However, while I like the occasional "$10 of product for $5" deals, most of the promotions urge me to buy things I don't need. I might want some new headphones or $10 worth of cupcakes. However, I don't need these things.
Bypass the Dollar Bins
I have a bad habit of wanting to buy items out of the dollar bin. I justify it by saying, "it's only $1." However, $1 can quickly add up to $5. While these items are great for birthday party favors or small gifts for kids, most of the products are cheap knick- knacks.
These actions have prevented me from impulse buying and unnecessary spending.
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