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| by Dalia Hosny

Five Ways to Control Your Urge for Shopping

"Because when I shop, the world just gets better." Yes! I certainly couldn't agree more with Rebecca from 'Confessions of a Shopaholic.' As much as I believe that shopping truly cures everything, sometimes the therapy is just a little overpriced. How many times have you went home with a credit card that exceeded its limit? It's about time to make a little intervention and stop the warning letters from your bank. I might not be the best person when it comes to giving advice about shopping, yet I have tried these five tips and they seem to be working fine. All you need to do is to actually put yourself together and follow those tips to control your overspending.


1. Create a list

Need or want? Want or need? The existential question. Before picking up any garment off of the rack from your favorite store, just take a minute to think, do you really need this? I mean what is the worst thing that could possibly happen if you don't purchase it? Unless it is extremely necessary, then don't buy it. Make a firm list of the things you need. Abide by it. Make it your shopping bible. Write it down as a note on your own cell and now you have no excuses! 

2. No emotional shopping

Another way to control your shopping spree is to avoid the mall on certain days. PMSing days, post breakup nights, or mega sale days are just an example of forbidden days to hit the mall. During the times of hormonal imbalances, stay away from the mall. Control your hormones. A new pair of shoes or bag will not make you feel better, throw this thought away. It will only harm your bank account.

3. Limit your budget 

Before going out for some shopping, make sure to have a certain budget and actually keep it in mind. Don't commit a shopping crime and stick to the money you have in your pretty wallet. Trust me, I know that tragic moment when you check the price tag and you eventually have to walk away. But hey, you never know, you might end up bumping into another item that is actually nice and most importantly within your budget.

4. Reduce the time spent online

Online shopping carts and wish-lists should be your new enemy. Don't let the delusional pop-up sale messages get to you. Get off your laptop and spend some quality time with your best friends. This could pretty much restrain the damage and is much cheaper as well. Stay away, stay rich.

5. Think big, buy less

Always remember that, it's all about quality and not quantity. Don't get tempted by the 50 percent off. Just try it for a change. If you don't need it, don't buy it. Become more conscious of what you buy and consider investing in a piece or two that are actually worth your money instead of paying double the amount in several low quality items. Quit the habit of buying things you don't severely need. Refuse, refuse, refuse.


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