There are several different tactics and ways to help avoid buying unnecessary things, aka “wants” or even “impulse purchases”. Since I’m trying to get out of debt and simultaneously unclutter my life, I really have to avoid these things like the plague.
I’ve tried a few different strategies, like the one’s that EM from Journey to Saving talked about here, to help myself avoid the temptation of shopping for and buying these unnecessary things. Yes, I still give in occasionally, as is evident in my shopping report back in early May, but for the most part I’m doing much better about NOT shopping and spending money. (Just FYI, I will be giving an updated shopping tally report soon.)
As EM suggested, I’ve unsubscribed from email and physical mailings from my favorite stores, I avoid my favorite stores at all costs, I don’t shop online anymore unless absolutely necessary, and I usually only go to Walmart once a month to get household necessities and I avoid going down any aisles that I don’t need to go down.
Another tip I have tried is to make the want list. I’ve started making a list of everything that I want with a date next to it.
I make myself wait at least 30 days before deciding whether or not to purchase anything from the want list. This keeps my shopping for wants down and also helps me plan ahead for any purchases I may go ahead and make. If I decide not to purchase it, sometimes I leave it on the list if it’s still something that I want and other times I discover that I no longer want that item and thus it gets removed from the want list.
Here is my current want list:
- laptop computer
- Jumprope (a specific type for crossfit that helps you get double unders)
- Fire Tablet
- Robot Mop
- Navy Blazer/Jacket
Have you ever tried the want list tactic? How has it worked out for you? What’s on your want list?