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Your Take: How Do You Combat Impulse Buying?

Posted By Jim On 04/26/2013 @ 7:10 am In Your Take | 14 Comments

To help combat impulse buying, j_stack shared his tip on Reddit [3]:

To curb my impulse online shopping tendencies, I use Amazon wishlist instead of dumping everything in my shopping cart. I leave the item in there for a month or two, and come back to it later to see if I really want it. I almost never still want the item, and if I do still want it, I’ll know it’s something I’d really like to have.

edit: If I decide I don’t love something enough to ever buy it, I’ll nix it from the list, but the stuff that I stay on the fence about for a while can sit in my cart for almost a year. Then it becomes my christmas list.

This is the digital equivalent of waiting a day before you buy something you like and it’s a good tip.

I’m fortunate in that I don’t buy things impulsively but what I do, sometimes, is order food impulsively. That is to say, I’m sitting in a restaurant, I’m hungry, and I think about ordering an appetizer before my meal. The way I combat that is I first make sure I drink some water and then I think about whether I’d really enjoy the appetizer. Will I be kicking myself when I go for a run tomorrow? Does the place do a good job making it? Then, I picture myself then having to wait even longer, albeit partially satiated, for my entree. Oftentimes, as funny as it sounds, that’s usually enough pondering that I opt to skip the appetizer. The only time it doesn’t work is if I wanted it before I went to the restaurant (for example, this local Italian place makes great calamari), but then I suppose it’s not impulse.

What do you do to combat impulse buying?


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