These days, you can search online for practically anything your heart desires, click, and have it shipped to your home—all within a matter of minutes. It’s convenient and easy—perhaps TOO easy. The following tips can help prevent you from going overboard when it comes to online shopping.
First, Unsubscribe and Unfollow. We are capable of finding things to buy on our own and certainly don’t need emails and alerts tempting us to shop when we aren’t actively looking for something. This strategy will not only save you money but can also spare your inbox from needless clutter.
Second, don’t make it too easy for yourself. Most online retailers are more than happy to store your payment and shipping information, making it even easier for you to be a return customer. If you’re trying to watch your spending, skip this convenience. A less convenient check-out means you’re less likely to spend.
Finally, if you have a serious online habit, it’s time to institute a waiting period. Let’s face it—the vast majority of the time, shopping is not an emergency. So for all non-urgent purchases, make yourself wait a full day before you click the Check Out button. If you come back to it the next day and if it’s in your budget, then you can reconsider the purchase.
Technology can make life easier and more productive. But too much of a good thing can be a problem. When it comes to online shopping, moderation and balance are key.
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