I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady

Avoid Impulse Shopping

Avoid Impulse Shopping

Ask me a year ago and I would have immediately denied my impulse shopping addiction, but boy was it a strong one. Shopping was just fun to me and I loved passing the time at stores adding clothes to my closet I didn't need. These days I've really been reevaluating my spending habits, and apart from some weak moments at the Target Dollar Spot, I feel like I've done a decent job. Impulse shopping is not productive shopping, so here are a few ways to avoid it.

  • Do your research before heading out clothing shopping or makeup shopping. Make sure you're buying things that you've thought about more than just a few seconds after watching someone mention it in a YouTube video. Look for reviews, price compare, and really take the time to decide if it's worth it.
  • Do the $20 test. If the item was $20 more than what it costs would you still get it? Sure this doesn't work for all things, but if that lipstick in a color you already have was $20 more, would you still be so keen to purchase it? This really helps me to take a moment and think about the money I'm spending. If I could easily say yes I would spend $20 extra on it, then it's worth getting.
  • Fill your time with other activities like reading a book or playing a game with friends. One of the biggest problems I had with impulse shopping was my desire just to fill some time. It became a hobby for me to just go to the shops and poke around. It's better to use that time productively and save money in the process.
  • Work towards a goal of saving money. That way you have something to focus your efforts and extra dollars on rather than wasting it on things you may not need.
  • Shop your stash whenever you're feeling the itch to go and buy something new (I still get it). There are hidden gems tucked away in drawers and bins that are just waiting to be rediscovered.
  • Be honest with yourself. I know that I don't need another note pad or lipstick. It's important to be honest with yourself about what you're buying and know that you don't need it. 
It's ok to buy a treat yo self item every now and again; don't deny yourself the pleasure of the little things. Yet cutting out a lot of impulse shopping can really help out your bank account and your peace of mind. 

How do you avoid impulse shopping?

xoxo Kayla


  1. Some great tips! Definitely going to take these on board in future.
    Great post!
    Leanne xx

  2. I've tried to rain in the implies buying and instead I try to narrow it down to a few things that I really need or have lusted after for awhile :) Such great tips! I've subscribed to your YouTube too, would you check out my first video I would love your feedback? x

    1. Welcome to the world of YouTube! I'll definitely give your first video a looksie. Starting a YouTube channel can definitely be nerve racking, but it's one of the best things I chose to do!

  3. These are such great tips! I set a new year's resolution of taking time to budget out my money and allow myself a certain amount of spending money every week, but I haven't been very good about it so far. My problem is it never feels like impulse shopping because I've thought about the items I'm buying before, but they usually end up at the back of a drawer, unused anyway. So I think your tip of really thinking about if you'd buy it if it was $20 more is a great idea!

    Kelsey | Beauty by Kelsey

  4. These are amazing tips! I will admit that I'm a little bit of a shopping addict (okay a big one) so I'm definitely going to give these tips a go!

  5. I always try to research a product before buying it, it makes it so much easier to find products that are worthwhile.

  6. I like the if it was $20 more tip! That's most definitely a good one to use because hen you can decide if it's something you truly want it just something you would like. Going to start using that!

  7. I find its just easier to avoid the shops and buy online - if I buy online I always buy something for a purpose and it's easier to ignore all the other products available than if they're sitting right in front of you xx

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