Are you an impulsive shopper?

@Melody1 (968)
India
March 12, 2007 1:23pm CST
I know its always better to make a list of items that we need and want to purchase. But when I see some attractive sale I tend to give way under the temptation and end up buying extra stuff and exceed the budget.Then I tell myself I'm not going to repeat it. Next time in a shop,and again my resolve vanishes in thin air and again its the same story.I feel Its not a right thing to do and think others don't do it. I would like to know if you stick to your list of items to be purchased or you too buy more than what you intend to? How do you think this habbit can be controlled? What are your favourite things you like to buy often?
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8 responses
• United States
12 Mar 07
It really depends. I'm usually pretty good with holding off on purchases that I really don't need, but sometimes, that item just gets the better of me and I have to go and buy it. It's hard, but being able to step above whatever is tempting you is a pretty good feeling, especially when you know you can't afford it.
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
12 Mar 07
Thats right.Totally agree with you.Occasional extravagance is okay.It should become a habit. Can you advise upon how you hold yourself from buying unnecessary stuff?
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
12 Mar 07
Excuse my typo.I mean-It should not become a habit:-P
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@weemam (13377)
17 Mar 07
I am a bit of a shopaholic but I am not one for buying expensive things , I buy a lot of cheaper but nice clothes so I get more for less , I still think I am a good shopper as I bye from designer factory outlets and people always admire my clothes , they have no idea I got them at well reduced prices xx
@weemam (13377)
4 Apr 07
thank you so much for the best response , that was so nice of you xx
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Mar 07
At the Church Rummage Sales when it is a bag sale, I will shop as I please. When in a store it is for particular items. Even at Christmas. Of course I normally have most of it done by then. I do both, when the situation calls for one that is what I do and then again when the situation is different then I act accordningly. My money ends up wisely spent. That is my focus and so control is needed.
@Melody1 (968)
• India
12 Mar 07
Thats very wise willowlady.Focus is the key,I think. Thanks for the good reply :-)
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• Philippines
16 Jun 07
i am guilty of this thing sometimes. what i do in order to overcome the impulse will be to think as to whether the thing will be of any use to me, or to any member of the family or maybe, it can serve any purpose in the house at all. it is difficult to be ending with having bought htings which are of no use at all.
@Melody1 (968)
• India
18 Jun 07
True.It becomes double trouble.Firstly,you end up spending money on unwanted stuff and secondly,you now don't know where to throw it.:-P
• Netherlands
12 Jun 07
I have to admit, I'm also one of those impulsive shopper. When I spotted a good bargain/ sale....it's hard for me to resist. I do buy all things I need that's on my list but my list always stretch...hmpf... What are my favorite things that I like to buy often....hum, I guess most of the things that has sale tags/ stickers on it...hehehe. Terrible isn't...
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
13 Jun 07
Lol.Stretching your list and loving all sale stuff tell me you are indeed one.:-P
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I used to be an impulsive shopper, but I think I have it pretty much under control-- partly because I am more organized in my life than I used to be. I have also learned to pause for a while and ask myself the question of whether I really NEED something, just because it is a heck of a deal. And just because I LIKE something doesn't automatically mean that I must OWN it... which is the "sickness" I was part of, for many years. Of course, I also don't make as much money as I used to... so that limits my spending, as well. Yes, I believe an excessive shopping habit can be controlled, and I think it starts with simple "awareness" of your habits.
@Melody1 (968)
• India
6 Apr 07
Over the years I too have become quite aware and that has helped.Agrre with you totally.Thanks denmarkguy
@maribel1218 (3085)
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
Before I stepped out of the house I made some listings on what should I buy on the mall or the grocery store. But It never keep me from getting some stuff that is not listed in my lists lol!!! I am not a mall fanatic but whenever I passed by a display window and I really like the clothes that was displayed, expect me to be on that very shop the very moment and will really buy the one I really liked and I hate myself for doing that but really have a happy smile the moment I wear the dress. Silly me lol!!!!
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
6 Apr 07
Nevertheless we do make a list and promise to stick to it. Good to know that your smile comes back with the trial of your dress Mine takes longer to return.
12 Mar 07
I have the same problem, im terrible at impulse buying! only yesterday i was watching a shopping channel and ended up buying loads of skin care and makeup even though ive got loads. I always tell my self i dont need thigns but end up persuading my self! Might try leaving my card at home in future! if you get any better tips let me know!
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
12 Mar 07
hey, we are in the same boat you see.I myself am in dire need for tips to curb this habit.Lol
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