How To Stop Yourself From Buying Things You Don’t Need
This is a reminder to myself first and foremost.
Do we NEED everything we buy? Probably not.
I mean you NEED food and water to keep yourself alive but do I NEED that new Anastasia Beverly Hills palette?
Do I NEED the Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask when I have the Nip & Fab one which I really need to use up?
Sorry for the rant, but this lady (I’m really trying not to demean myself by using the world Girl, I stopped being a Girl at 28 when I got married and started thinking about mortgages and bills haha!) is on the edge of a meltdown and writing is my therapy!
I’ve really had to fight with myself this month and despite many best efforts, I have been overspending a lot.
We could go into the psychology of it all do with emotional spending but I won’t bore you.
It’s because I think I deserve it and I can afford it now without thinking about the consequences of my actions and what I already have in store and what expenditure is coming up.
Do I regret it?
The emotional high wears off as soon as I get it and then I’m subscribing to company e-mails promising a discount for my next fix.
I have a limited salary from my part-time job and with my Birthday in October I was very generously gifted some money from my family, so the more extravagant purchases were from that.
This month I have spent money on beauty products and clothes, which in all honesty I did need because I threw out all my Winter Clothes in the great KonMari urge last year.
I was so tempted to purchase the Bouncy Sleeping Mask from The Body Shop and a scrub, and a mascara but it was coming up to £30 even with the discount.
So why not just buy the Mask by itself on offer?!
I’m really trying to use up what I have and make things work before I invest more or just replace what I know I don’t have a dupe for like the Millionaire Hair Mist which I loved and knew I needed alongside the SNI Hair oil I’m currently using.
I typically buy on offer but I know I have a ton of samples and actual full sized products I need to use up before I purchase again.
I’ve really had to fight with myself not to get the new Huda Beauty products because I have 3 foundations on the go and like 3 eyeshadow palettes which I barely use!
And to be honest come Christmas and Boxing Day there will be more sales which will continue into Mid-January so why make myself poor when I can wait a few weeks and get an even deeper discount.
My new method is to write down every purchase in a notebook.
It’s painful and annoying but I am honestly sickened by how much I have spent this month and that has been the biggest restraint on me trying to turn around my old behaviours of spending too much.
Saying that I will only spend on Black Friday if it’s on offer for something I was going to buy anyway and it is a significant discount.
There are a couple of items on my wishlist that I am hoping will go on sale and if they don’t I’ll wait until they are!