What is the best way to avoid impulses

Discussion in 'Money & Investing' started by padd, May 30, 2008.

  1. padd

    padd Registered Member

    I used to have a problem with impulse buying.. Anyways, i'm not a big shopper but i was always finding myself buying the most worthless shit.. like a a snickers bar for example. Snickers bars add up. Now I just ignore everything.

  2. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Think of something you want most, hopefully it will encourage you not to spend. For example, I really want a car, so when I see a new DVD, I think to myself "Car . . or DVD?"

    The choice is simple.
  3. Blueyes

    Blueyes Registered Member

    Mines even simplier, buy food or this? lol

    You'd think working 2 jobs I'd have enough money but sadly no because my PT job has been really slow and I've had things break that I've needed to get fixed.
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  4. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    Only carry cash instead of a credit or debit card. You'll be amazed at how much less you spend when you are forking over cash.
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  5. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    What hybrix said. And carry minimum cash. Sometimes I go out without money at all. :lol:
  6. Jakey-D

    Jakey-D Registered Member

    Send all you spare cash to me.

    You can't impulse by if I'm spending all you cash. ;)

    Problem solved, now that sending address is...

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  7. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Cash really puts your spending into perspective.
  8. Kazmarov

    Kazmarov For a Free Scotland

    Small denominations are good as well. You feel a lot worse handing over a bunch of ones and fives than a twenty, as it's physically a larger amount of money.
  9. Swiftstrike

    Swiftstrike Registered Member

    I use to be a more impulsive buyer when in college. However, since getting a job I have become tighter with my money. I pay for nearly all my bills and I have noticed how much everything is costing since it is my dime and not my parents.

    The cash idea is good. However, I find I spend more money when I am using cash as oppose to my debit card. My cash I view as "money already spent" where as the money in my bank on my check card is the money I maintain. As soon as I withdrawal 40 bucks to carry on me and it is out of my checking account I felt like I have "spent" the money. Since I will not be putting it back in.
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  10. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    I know what you mean Swift. Once I take money out of my account and I see the number go down I remember that new number as my current total.

    I know that spending cash won't effect that number. I put all my extra cash back into my account whenever I can though. Most people don't like spending actual cash but I agree that it's sometimes easier. I use a debit card myself.

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