Here’s how to buy only what you need.
Because if you’re the type of person that walks into a store seeking a few specific items and walks out with a cart full of junk you don’t need, this post is for you.
These tips are inspired from a request from my good friend, Christie. She said “I need tips for only buying what I need in the store.” Here’s how:
1. Take exactly enough cash.
Before you hit the mall, Target, or wherever you intend to shop, make a list of exactly what you need (If you don’t need anything and you’re going shopping, you’re entering into dangerous territory, friend.)
Then, estimate the cash you’ll need to purchase the items on the list.
Here’s the difficult part: bring only the cash. If you can, leave the debit and credit cards at home. Cash only + a specific list should make for a successful shopping trip.
2. Avoid stores where you know you will buy ___________.
If you love nail polish (like Christie and I) but you’re avoiding purchasing any, don’t even walk into a store that sells nail polish. If you need groceries, do not go into Target or Walmart, because we all know groceries only scratch the surface of everything these types of stores offer.
Shopping with others? If they want to go into the store you’re avoiding, either stay the heck away or only stick close to another person, which brings me to my third tip:
3. Shop with a jerk.
And by jerk, I mean someone that will slap your hand when you reach for nail polish, or flat-out make you feel like the smallest speck of a human being for even thinking of buying another pair of jeans. That last part might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.
He/she might seem like a major jerk in the moment, but a few minutes or hours later, you’ll realize they just saved you money (Your dignity? Maybe not. But money? Yes.)
Those are my tips to buy only what you need. What are yours?