How To Avoid Impulse Purchase

In a world of endless distractions, it can be tough to stay focused on the things you buy if you’re trying to avoid impulse purchase and focus on the important things, we are here to help.

Buying things we don’t have is an easy habit to fall into. We get a great idea in our heads, and before we know it, we’re out the door with a new pair of shoes, a book on decluttering our lives, or even just a pack of gum.

But what if you could avoid impulse purchase for good? What if you knew exactly how to stop yourself from making those impulsive decisions?

Here are some tips that can help: 

Before you go shopping, make a list of the items that you need. 

Make sure to include all the small things like groceries and toiletries as well as big ticket items. Then when you’re at the store, refer back to that list and stick with it.

Give yourself time between seeing something that interests you and buying it. 

If something catches your eye while you’re out shopping, give yourself 30 minutes before making any decisions about whether or not to purchase it. That way when the time comes to buy something impulsively (and believe us, it will), you can look at your list and decide whether or not the item belongs in your life right now—or ever.

Don’t shop when you’re hungry or tired.

When we’re hungry or tired, our brains aren’t working at their best—they’re lower than normal on blood sugar levels or dopamine production. This means that when we see something we like in stores (like those shoes), our brains are less likely to tell us “Don’t buy this!” and more likely to say “Buy all of it!”

Give yourself a budget—and stick to it.


You don’t want to overspend or go into debt just because you were distracted by cute sweaters or expensive jewelry. Set yourself an amount that you feel comfortable spending on each person on your list, and make sure you stick with it.

Ask yourself why you want the item in question before making any purchases. 

Think about whether it’s something that would improve your life in any way (or if it’s just going to add clutter). If the answer is no, put down the item and move on.

When shopping online, don’t use social media. 


Instead of scrolling through Facebook or Instagram as you shop, just focus on what’s in front of you—the website itself and the products it’s selling.

Don’t give in to peer pressure.

A lot of people will tell you how much they love this new thing when it’s just an expensive waste of money that no one needed in the first place. Don’t let other people tell you what’s cool or trendy—you know yourself best.

Shop with someone else who has good self-control. 

This way, if you see something that strikes your fancy, they’ll be able to talk you out of it because they don’t want you buying them.

Know your triggers. 

Identify what sets off your urge for an impulse purchase, and plan for those situations so that you don’t give in to temptation. For example, if you tend to overspend when you have your credit card on you, you can leave your card at home whenever you are going to shop.

Use cash only when possible. 

Having cash in hand makes it harder to overspend because if you run out before making it home, there’s nothing left over in your pocket and this will make getting back home impossible. 

The best way to avoid impulse buying is to think of it as an addiction. If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking or drinking (or anything at all), you know that the first step to recovery is realizing that you have a problem. Once you’ve accepted that fact, all of the other steps are easier.

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