Are you an impulse shopper?Is it a need vs want? If you buy things you didn’t set out to buy, and do so on a fairly regular basis, it’s likely that you are.
Everyone has the odd impulse purchase every now and again, but if you’re doing it all the time and using your credit cards to make purchases, then you could have a bit of a problem. It’s time to cut down, and the way to do this is to distinguish between needing something and simply wanting it.
There’s no getting away from the fact that we live in a consumer culture. People like to buy things, and shopping can give many of us a bit of a high, which is why shopping is often called ‘retail therapy’.
However, most things that we buy aren’t things that we actually need, in the true sense of really needing something, because the things we crucially need to survive are things like food, medicine, a roof over our heads etc.
To cut down your spending, you don’t need to do away with everything but the basic things you need to survive. You just need to know the difference between purchases that are useful (i.e. a warm coat in winter if you don’t have one) and purchases that are simply frivolous (i.e. a new purse when you already have a closet full of perfectly serviceable purses).
Need vs Want – How to Shop Sensibly
Conversations To Have With Yourself
What is a need vs want? When you’re out shopping, or browsing online, it can be difficult to separate the useful from the frivolous. It’s simply too easy to justify or rationalize it, convincing yourself that you do actually need the item.
You need a system, so try having this conversation with yourself before you have to apply for a credit card because you’ve maxed out the old one. Ask yourself ‘do I need it?’
If the answer to this is no, ask yourself ‘will I use it?’ If you can find a good use for the item and you don’t have something similar already, you can go ahead and buy it.
Before you do, however, you should be checking to see if you can find it cheaper anywhere else. Unless you have cash to burn, if the answer to whether you need it and whether you’ll use it is no, you shouldn’t buy it.
The last thing to do, if you’re really on a budget and you’re trying to curb a shopping addiction, is to give yourself one week before actually buying the item. This will give yourself time to cool off and assess whether you actually need to buy it.
Do you have issues figuring out the true difference between a need vs want?