This is how I stopped shopping & instead became a minimalist! ➜ SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/2j8ja5R
When I first got into minimalism, I got rid of a lot of stuff. Then, I used me getting rid of a lot of stuff as a justification to buy new stuff which is very counter productive. I would definitely say that I used to be a bit of a shopping addict. Minimalism isn’t only about living with less, it’s also about being an informed and conscious consumer, and being intentional with your time and money, at least for me. In this video I want to talk about a few techniques that have helped me to get rid of my shopping addict tendencies and that have helped me spend less money in general.
the first technique I use is asking myself a pretty straigh forward question: Do I need it? Now, this might seem like common sense but I notice that sometimes when I’m out shopping, instead of asking myself do I need it, I start justifying the purchase for myself.
- I deserve to treat myself
- It’s a very cheap item
- It’s on sale
- I’m sad and I want to make myself happy by buying something
- I can always return it, etc
By stripping away all of these justifications and being completely honest with yourself, it becomes much easier to decide if this item you’re about to buy truly has a place in your life.
The next thing I suggest for you to do is unsubscribing from mailing lists and stop watching YouTube videos that want you to buy things. I avoid clothing hauls like the freaking plague because I know they are going to make me want to buy stuff. But you might be sensitive to people showing off their pretty homes, walk in closets or expensive vacations. I don’t actually unsubscribe to many youtubers that do hauls or trigger me to buy stuff, I more just choose not the click on specific videos in my subscription box. The same goes for those 40% off deals that I used to get in my email every day. I was generally pretty good at deleting them all together, but every once in a while something would catch my eye. Oh the Body Shop has 50% off, oh Sephora is having a sale. Companies know that this type of marketing works and you need to be stronger than that. This is why I took the time to unsubscribe from everything. It’s really nice to look through your emails and not see all of that clutter too.
The next technique I use is waiting to buy an item. This works really well for online shopping but I even do it when I see something at a store that I like. I will force myself to wait at least 24 hours until I’m allowing myself to buy something. Usually, if it’s something I don’t need and I just want to buy it because it’s shiny, and bright after a few hours I completely forgot about it and I don’t even want it anymore. I save a lot of money and clutter this way. This also helps me realize that things that I truly want and need are always going to be in the store. There’s no need for me to run out and buy something right now, because it will be there tomorrow. It really helped me with that fear of missing out.
Something else that I do to remind myself of the stuff I already have and that I don’t need more stuff, is keeping a little note in my phone with everything that I own in a certain category. I did this with my makeup, I wrote down how many individual items I have so every time I’m tempted to buy something, I can pull up this little list and remind myself of what I already own. I do this a lot when I’m actually in a store about to buy something. Do I really need another concealer if I already have two? What about this single eyeshadow, how long will it take me to go through the eyeshadow I already have? Stuff like that helps me to realize how many individual items I actually have and how long it might take me to go through them.
The last technique I use is identifying why I feel the need to shop. Do I feel tired or sad? Do I need a quick pick-me-up? Am I bored? Is it a habit? I think it’s really important to get serious about the ‘’why’’ behind the purchase. Most of the time something that isn’t shopping can help me feel just as good as shopping. Like exercising, or listening to my favorite music or pampering myself with a long hot shower and a face mask. Recognize why you shop and then replace that need with something else.
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