5 Tips to curb shopping

For one week I ripped off the part of the add with their phone number. Then on a Friday night, I called each company and asked to be removed from their mailing list.

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 advertisment comes your way and you start wondering if you need an upgrade from what you currently have.

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

  1. Identify how marketing is sabotaging you. Unsubscribe from every single email that is sending you coupons or sales alerts. 
  2. If you use Facebook, unfollow or unlike every store that is swaying you buy something you don’t need.
  3. Online stores you love: Delete your credit card number from the website immediately.
  4. Grab your phone and delete every application that encourages spending. This would include Target Cartwheel.
  5. 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.

Here’s another way to think about the ethics of spending.

I also recommend this video to give a touch of perspective.

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  1. I always have thought something was really wrong with me because I did not enjoy shopping for clothes. I actually had convinced myself that if I would just lose weight, it would be more fun to shop because the clothes would look better on me. It is refreshing to see that by not spending a lot of money on clothes, I am being the smart person. I even have friends (?) that give me a bad time because I have a Columbia jacket that I have worn intermittently for at least 15 years. Hey, I like it. It is comfy and keeps me warm. Thank you for clearing my head…I.Have.Enough.

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