Woman shares simple tip to stop impulse buying

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Say goodbye to your money for no reason (Picture: Getty Images)

There is no better feeling than receiving a delivery.

From the moment you add a product to your cart to the moment it arrives at the door, it feels like Christmas – but it’s actually a random Tuesday.

While this is all well and good, the excitement can often lead to impulse buying.

Sometimes we buy for the sake of it and invest our money in things we don’t need. So instead of saving, we tend to spend our money recklessly.

But one frequent shopper shared her top tip for avoiding impulse buying.

Alexandra Hourigan shared the money-saving advice on her podcast 2 Broke Chicks, where she explains that when she picks up something in a store or watches something online, she talks to herself about the cost.

The shopper says she’s considering the possibility of someone offering her the amount of money she’s planning to spend.

And if she’d rather take the money than buy the item, then she knows she doesn’t really need it.

“For example, if you see an iPhone case that you really want, and that iPhone case is $25, and I turn to you and say, ‘Ok, you can either have the phone case or I’ll give you $25 in bar,” Alexandra explains on her podcast.

“If you’re like, ‘Actually, I really need a new phone case because mine looks pretty tired,’ then you know you need to buy it—you know you really need it.”

“On the other hand, if you’re thinking, ‘You know what? $25 – that’s maybe two happy hour cocktails this weekend, I’ll go with that “then you know which way to go.”

Image of Alexandre from TwoBrokeChicks on TikTok

The podcast clip was shared on TikTok (Image: twobrokechicks_/Tiktok)

The podcast clip was shared on the @twobrokechicks_ TikTok account and Alexandra points out that cocktails are her example – because they are her “passion”.

In the comments, she writes, “The cocktails are an example. I would spend the $25 on cocktails because they are my passion, you can spend $25 on your passion.

But reaction to the advice has been mixed – and some have stressed the ploy would not help them.

“No, because that’s just how I feel, take the $25 and use it to buy the phone case,” commented one user.

However, others believe it could help them make better financial decisions.

One person wrote, “Genuis…I’m not a big impulse buyer but this is awesome.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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