Stop Impulse Buying….
Easier said than done, eh? Actually, it is not as hard as it sounds. I read a book on money management, and 90% of the way through the book, I was still asking the question “Okay, how?” I won’t do that to you, here are some quick tips to get you on the road to recovery right now. “Just the facts mam, just the facts!” 😉
A friend is in A.A. and while I don’t know much about the program, I found a few of his tips helpful.
- Not Today! My wife and I started using this one way back when. It is very easy to use, especially when we are together. I was finding that when we were together it was easier to say, “Sure, why not” when she asked me should we buy this. As soon as I learned about “Not Today” those joint shopping trips cost a lot less. It works when you are on your own too, whether you say it out loud or not. 😉 Take each day one at a time, if you don’t need to buy it today, then don’t.
- A higher power!
- God! Many Christians have heard the concept of treating your money not as your own, but as God’s money. We are all stewards of his money, therefore we have to think “Would God want me to buy this or not?” If you believe in God, or another higher power this might work for you, but if not what then?
- Your Partner! Another Higher power is your spouse, you pretend that the money is theirs, and they pretend that the money is yours, therefore you still have to ask “Would they want me to buy this or not?”
- Your creditors! Who do you owe the money too? The bank? Friends? Family? If all else fails, every time your reach for that candy bar at the grocery store counter, or want to go out for fast food, picture the person you owe money to standing there asking how you have money to waste on junk food, when you owe them money. Of course the double edge sword here is that if you suffer from depression already that this depresses you more, and drives you to want more junk food.
- Smarter Buys! Try replacing those impulse buys with smarter buys that cost less and last longer. For example buying healthy food and cooking meals, rather than going out to eat. Buy carrots and celery sticks instead of candy bars. Scale back slowly if you have to. Instead of going and spending $50 to go see a movie with popcorn, buy the movie for $20 on DVD and watch it at home. Then instead of buying the movie, rent it on Pay per View for $4. And finally, instead of renting it, wait for it to come out on Netflix or another streaming service with unlimited movies for $8 per month. That may be twice the price of one Pay per View, but if you watch one per weekend, that’s $16, so Netflix is half the price! You could then make your own popcorn a nice meal for a stay-in Date Night, and you would still be saving money in the long run!
Next: Part 2: Priorities