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10 Stop-Shopping Tips

10 Stop-Shopping Tips

Some people hate shopping, some love it–and the ones who love it seem to really love it. In a my-credit-card-is-through-the-roof and I-have-way-too-much-stuff kind of way. Too much stuff usually means clutter and clutter, for many, is the bane of the day.

Why not kick that clutter to the curb by taming your shopping with these 10 tips to kick the habit?

1. Go shopping only when you need something. Go with a list of what you need and stick to it.

2. To minimize impulse buying, leave your credit card at home. If you’re willing to pay cash for an item, it’s generally something that you really love or need.

3. If you see something you really want, walk away from it. Go to a different store, get a drink, or use the restroom. If you really want or need that item, it will be worth the walk back.

4. Before you buy any organizing product, ask yourself if you could just eliminate or minimize the things you were planning to organize.

5. Don’t buy something just because it is on sale. Buy it because you either need it or love it.

6. Buy clothes in coordinating shades. You’ll need fewer shoes and accessories to go with your outfits if you stick to the basics. You can plan your wardrobe around two or three basic colors for each season. Not only does it make daily dressing easier, but packing for a trip is simpler because you aren’t tempted to pack things that don’t mix or match.

7. Purchase only items to replace things that are worn out.

8. Think twice about buying souvenirs. Take photographs or keep a journal instead.

9. Don’t buy something if you already have something that can do the same job.

10. Remember that the very best things in life are free. Instead of spending money on stuff you won’t use or need a year from now, spend time with a friend or family member or with a good book.

See what Care2 blogger Sustainable Dave has to say in To Buy or Not to Buy? Is There Really a Question?

From Unclutter Your Home by Donna Smallin (Storey Publishing, 1999).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:16PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

This short article posted only at the web site is truly good.

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12:42AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

Excellent tips,

In my case the portable barcode scanner (self-service checkout) at the local supermarkets was a godsend because it has helped me stick to my budget.

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1:42AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

great tips

2:47AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thanks interesting article

7:11PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

thanks.

1:06PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Great tips. Thanks.

6:34PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Thank you for the tips.

6:33PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Thank you for the tips.

10:37PM PST on Nov 23, 2012

...yet black friday is bigger than ever. At least take your own shopping bags!

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