Have you ever had a moment where you see a product and you want to purchase it immediately? Whether it’s offline or through the Internet, impulse buying is common throughout many of us. Companies have developed so much throughout the years that they have the ability to create advertisements that become a significant buying influence on customers. Furthermore, the Internet has made it even more simpler to make that purchase. Now, many people have become addicted to buying, causing a huge debt crisis within North America. Today we’re going to discuss some ways to control compulsive shopping on the Internet.
- See the money you’re spending – With credit cards being used constantly in modern society, it has become extremely easy to make a purchase. So much, that people are forgetting that they’re dealing with real money. Unless you see what you’re spending, there really isn’t anything stopping you from clicking that “Order Now” button when you see a cool new product. I recommend before purchasing something online that you check your bank account and actually look at the funds you have available. Doing this will help you realize what you can and cannot afford.
- Wait a day – Sometimes impulsive buying is just a momentary feeling. It has occurred quite a few times where I see something online and instantly want to click the “Buy Now” button. But after waiting a day or so I realize that I really don’t need it. If you’re confident that you want to purchase an item, waiting will allow you to rethink and evaluate whether you really need the product. It will also give you more time to read reviews and discuss with other people about whether it is a worthwhile purchase.
- Freeze your credit card… literally – Although I haven’t done this myself, I’ve heard of quite a few success stories about people freezing their credit card. This can be done by placing your card in a Ziploc bag, filling it with water, and then placing it in the freezer. Then, if you feel the impulse to use your credit card, you’ll have to do a whole bunch of work to get it out.
- Block shopping websites – Blocking every single shopping site is a great way to permanently get rid of your online shopping habit. Doing this will prevent you from accessing some of the shopping sites that you most commonly use. There are many ways to do this through your browser preferences, however, there are also some software programs available that you can use too. Open DNS and Hostman are among the more popular solutions. With that said, it takes a lot of work to block specific websites, so going this route may not be a viable option.
I hope these tips have helped you and your buying behavior. If you have any more tips that you think should be added, feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear what you think is the best way to stop bad spending habits online.