I’m a sucker for a lot of things, including, well, SUCKERS. But especially shopping temptation. I’m the person who’s sitting next to the vending machine, trying to win that 25 cent toy before she realizes she’s dumped three bucks into the thing and gotten a couple temporary tattoos. And because I already have REAL tattoos, there’s no point in the fake thing, although my mother would disagree with me. But hey, that’s mom’s for you.
Going to the store to me has historically been challenging. Not because I’m afraid of it or anything, but because I’ll see that adorable set of Hello Kitty cups for my daughter and they’ll sing my name until I buy them for her. Those checkout aisles with the trinkets and candy? Those were MADE for fools like me.
This is a habit that – like it or not (and let’s be honest, I do NOT like it even ONE bit) – that I’ve needed to break for years. YEARS! And through the magical powers invested in Google, I will learn how.
Here’s what I’m learning about avoiding shopping temptation: that extra 30 bucks I spend without blinking my eyes until I see the amount ring up on the cash register:
- Shopping lists are your friends. Okay, lists are not MY friends because I loathe lists. For some reason, they stress me out (so do fish, but that’s another story.) So I’m going to using my old friend Google Docs (or Google Drive, whatever) so that I can keep a running tally of things I ACTUALLY need and not VEER from the list. Hopefully.
- Going ’round the outside (of the store, not the trailer park). If I can keep my eyes on the list and go AROUND the sides of the grocery store, which is where the staples like milk, eggs, and butter (mmmm butter) are located, I’ll be better able to avoid temptation.
- Goes for Show: those red “sale” or “advertised price” signs are there for show. Rather than seeing them and going, “SWEET! A DEAL!” I’ll check the cost of the item underneath to see if that’s an actual sale rather than a clever marketing scheme to catch my eye.
- Store Endcaps are NOT my BFF: because I tend to believe that the stuff on the endcaps is there because it’s a super sweet Oh Em Gee deal, even though I know better, I will ignore them and see if their price is, indeed, right enough for me.
- OMG a SALE! Sales are NOT a reason to stock up on stuff I don’t need or stuff that’s off my BLESSED list (I already hate shopping from a list).
- Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. If I don’t need 27 new throw pillows? I’m not going to be buying them.
- It’s okay to pass up a bargain: sale racks make me sweat, and not in a good way. I need to learn to be frugal, not learn how NOT to be frugal! And even if it’s 90% off, if I don’t absolutely need it or it’s not on the list? I don’t want it. Or, rather, I do, but I will avoid the temptation.
- Don’t go to an all-in-one store. I do my shopping at SuperTarget because it’s cheaper and closer to my home. However, I am entirely aware that they run their grocery store at a loss because hey, I’m in Target and YES! I DID need that pizza cutter, that pullover and those bags of candy!
- Next up, I’m trying THOSE people out. (insert arrow down) Wish me luck! Budgeting scares the bejesus outta me.
What are some ways YOU avoid shopping temptation?