Last month, I heard Anthony Ongaro from Break the Twitch speak about friction. It made so much sense of how to change bad habits. Little tweaks in your day to remove triggers in your life. It’s funny how one minute you think you don’t need anything then suddenly an
I feel like being a women means you have to love shopping. There are little girl shirts that say, “I love mommy and shopping!” (Uck!) I was exposed to the idea that shopping was a way to decompress. That is complete nonsense. Increasing debt, increasing clutter, buyer’s remorse, and adding to environmental destruction is the opposite of relaxing. Every time you buy something, imagine it in the landfill or imagine your debt climbing or bank account shrinking. Really think about the big picture before you swipe your credit card.
Here are 5 ways to help you add “friction” to your spending
- Identify how marketing is sabotaging you. Unsubscribe from every single email that is sending you coupons or sales alerts.
- If you use Facebook, unfollow or unlike every store that is swaying you buy something you don’t need.
- Online stores you love: Delete your credit card number from the website immediately.
- Grab your phone and delete every application that encourages spending. This would include Target Cartwheel.
- Gather your junk mail, call every single mailer or magazine and request to be removed from their mailing list. I typically pile up 4-5 items and then make all the calls at once.
I also recommend this video to give a touch of perspective.