a four step guide to curb your impulse

22 Feb
2012

Impulsive behaviour is rampant.

It’s contagious.

It lurks in every corner.

It’s spawns from the radio, television, web…and more.

It’s everywhere.

It controls so much of our every day actions. Actions designed to help you part with your money. To get things you don’t really need. To create desire. So impulse becomes your greatest enemy.

It prevents you from building savings, pursuing dreams and doing the things you want to do.

It leaves you with more month than money.

These things put a strain on relationships and your quality of life.

To help keep your budget in check and maintain a simple, fulfilling life it is important to reduce impulsive behaviour.

how do you curb your impulse

So, how do you get rid of the urge to purchase?

  • step 1 – for starters have a budget, even a simple one that outlines basics expenses and savings goals.
  • step 2separate your needs from your wants Then make a list of the things you need to purchase. Only buy those items.
  • step 3 – when you see an item you want, resist purchasing it for 30 days. If at the end of the term you still want the item put it on your list of things for consideration and prioritize what your greatest needs are.
  • step 4 – only take the cash with you when you purchase. Put away or eliminate your credit cards (try getting down to one card) and don’t take them with you. If you don’t have it, don’t spend it.

That’s it.

A simple recovery guide to help you curb impulsive purchases.

Removing them will free up money and time. It also reduces the vast quantity of waste created in the consumption cycle. Waste not want not. That is how you reduce your household waste.

Next time you think about buying something ask yourself “Do I really need this?” and curb your impulse.

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