How Not To Feel Guilty After A Purchase
I know everyone will agree when I say that shopping, whether online or otherwise, can be the most ideal stress reliever or the best reward for a job well done. Browsing through racks of items on sale or shiny new stuff can be really entertaining and we can all be like little girls eyeing a jar of yummy candies, all giddy with excitement and anticipation. It is also the reason why most of us tend to go over board or get carried away at times and instead of being a relaxing endeavor as initially planned, we end up all the more stressed out after splurging on what we thought we really ought to buy. In our search for the best dress, or the latest gadget to possess, or in the midst of indulging on those ever enticing sale and promos, we temporarily forget about our spending cap or the limited cash in our wallet, as well as the recently made promise to only use your credit card in case of emergencies. Shopping is all too entertaining and addicting, in fact, that you proceed excitedly, anyway, throwing all cautions to the wind!
It was only after the shopping frenzy and the buying high has subsided, and after giving your purchases a good amount of afterthought, that your thinking will return back to normal and realize that you should not have bought half of what you have just spent hard earned money on. You will feel a different range of emotions, from guilt to regret, the intensities varying from the amount you splurged and the number of items you bought which you will end up not using or consuming, anyway. You might even experience buyer’s remorse, especially if you happened to purchase something rather very expensive, like a genuine leather shoes, perhaps, or a brand new car!
Guilt and remorse can be very awful to carry around and you cannot just feel like that each time you go to the mall or buy something. Here are a few pointers you might want to ponder on before proceeding to the checkout till to make that seemingly unwanted, unplanned, and unnecessary purchase:
Make a shopping list – this might be the oldest trick in the book but is also the most foolproof of all. If you make a list of items you need each time you head to the mall, you already get half of the job done. The other half, of course, is sticking to that list no matter how many sale signs you see around, that way you can ensure that you will only get to buy what is essential and required and avoid spending and splurging unnecessarily.
Think many times over before you make a purchase, especially the major ones – most of the time we only thought we needed to buy something, right, and after we have already paid for and went home with the item that we’d realize we absolutely can do away with buying the item in the first place. The trick here is to refrain from impulse buying. If you can think things through and think a hundred times more before proceeding to check out from an online shop or before heading straight to the cashier. Some would suggest that leaving the item behind and contemplating about buying it for about a day will also do the trick. Chances are you will realize you do not need the item in the first place or you would rather buy something else altogether. Of course, if after a day of thinking hard, and you still has the urge to buy the stuff, along with a dozen reasons why you need to buy it, do not be too hard on yourself. You can, after all, splurge on something you have well thought of, from time to time. The key is to be a wise shopper and an even wiser spender.
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