Managing your money and putting a priority on your goals sometimes means giving up “extras” in the short term. How can you do it without feeling like you are depriving yourself of the fun of spontaneous shopping?
First – try the obvious – don’t shop! However, if you are out with friends and stumble onto the perfect (insert you selected item here), try to tell yourself you are not depriving yourself by not making the spontaneous purchase – but instead, you are prioritizing your REAL goals. Sometimes that works. Sometimes you want to make a spontaneous purchase anyway.
Try this. Tell yourself you CAN have it, if you really want it – but wait 24 hours before you buy. The delayed purchase gives you time to think and decide if this purchase is worth postponing your bigger goal. If you make the purchase, you made the decision with a cool head – and not in the heat of the shopping moment!
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