Ways to Cease Purchasing Unnecessary Items

Simply + Fiercely

For most of my life, I had a problem with mindless shopping. I spent more than I could afford, I shopped emotionally or out of habit, and I bought things I didn’t really want or need.

I knew that I needed to stop shopping, but I didn’t know how. Looking back, this is embarrassing to admit, but it’s true.

If you’re on a similar mission to stop mindless shopping for things you don’t really need, then here are 6 practical tips to help you get started.

If you want to resist buying things for the sake of it, the first step is to get clear about what you really want in life—and I mean the big picture stuff. What are your values, priorities and dreams?

Know your values and priorities

I’ve mentioned the value of truly knowing your style before, but it’s worth repeating. When you’re not confident in your style, you want to buy every beautiful piece that catches your eye—whether it suits you or not.

Know your style

Whatever your triggers are, learn to recognise them so you can take steps to manage them. If you shop on your lunch break because you’re bored, find a yoga class or start bringing a book.

Know your triggers

Find a supportive community. Like everything in life, it’s easier when you have people on your team— to celebrate your success and to keep you going when you slip up.

Find a support system

Most of the time, we know when we will want or need new things. If you plan your shopping ahead of time, you have time to think about your purpose and what you really need.

Plan to shop

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