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A Simple Tip To Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need

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Need help to stop buying things you don’t need? Let me share with you my one simple tip that always helps me rein in my spending.

Sometimes it can feel incredibly difficult to stop buying stuff. I think we all go through periods of life when we feel like we can’t stop shopping.

There can be a whole host of emotional triggers for this spending response. It could be sadness. Perhaps you’ve had a bad way and want to treat yourself. It could be in response to a good day. Perhaps you’ve wanted to treat yourself for something going well. Spending could be in response to boredom.

How To Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need

Whatever your emotional spending trigger, there’s one technique that I’ve personally found really useful to rein in my spending and to stop buying stuff, particularly on the high street. It’s really simple: just work out your hourly rate.

Yup, if you don’t get paid on an hourly rate, then work out your hourly rate.

A Demotivational Tool

I find this a really useful demotivational tool when it comes to buying things I don’t need.  This is because when I’m thinking about buying something then I work out how many hours it would take me to work to buy that item.

For example, I might ask myself if that ‘must-have’ pair of boots is really worth 6 hours of my time spent at work. Or could I think of a better investment of my time spent at work?  It’s the single most one thing that helps me stop buying things I don’t need. I find this a particularly effective method to make me really stop and think about an item’s value against my time spent at work.

I find working out my hourly rate also really helps me think about why I’m working.  It’s really helped me realise that I’m not at work to be able to buy stuff I don’t really need, but ultimately to provide for my family and have fun experiences with them.  Prioritising experiences over stuff ultimately makes me happier and more fulfilled, and less like I’m chasing the unattainable dream.

Any other tips on how to stop buying things you don’t need? I’m all ears!

ps: posts 1 -4 in this series are available here in case you missed them.

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Black Friday and Ethical Consumerism

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Can Black Friday and ethical consumerism go together? And how do we stick to our ideals in the face of falling prices?

As promised in my last installment of my How to Build an Ethical Wardrobe From Scratch series, let’s talk about all things sales shopping.  Specifically on how to stick to your ethical guns when prices of things are dropping like mad during Black Friday sales.

Black Friday was only introduced to the UK a few years ago. However, it has caused chaos, with fights happening in shops over discounted items. And Black Friday is right around the corner. As are a whole host of other wild sales that often pop up around this time of year.  Sales of up to 70% off are commonplace now, even from ethical retailers.

It has to be said, I do like a good sale.  Being mindful of my budget, it’s a good way to buy the ethical things I need at a more affordable price that suits my statutory maternity pay budget.  That’s why I’m not against sales shopping. I, therefore, keep a mental list of things I need. This is so that when the sales roll around I can fill the gaps in my wardrobe.

One Simple Question to Stay In Control on Black Friday

Sometimes whilst perusing the Black Friday sales I will spot something that is not on my list that will make me go ‘ooh’.  If I can work out that I will wear it enough times to justify the cost per wear then I might consider it.  But before clicking the add to cart button, I ask myself one simple question. That being “would I pay full price for this?“.

For the list of things I need I know I would definitely pay full price for them.  It just so happens that I know I could get them cheaper if I just waited.

For those impromptu items that catch my eye, asking myself if I would pay full price for it keeps me in check.  If I’m only interested in the item because it is reduced, and I know I wouldn’t pay full price, then I know that I’m only tempted by the ticket price and don’t actually need the item.

When Is A Bargain Not A Bargain?

I know only full well from my own previous experience that poorly thought out sales purchases just end up languishing at the back of the wardrobe. Here they’re either worn once or twice, before being deemed not suitable.  Or worse, never worn at all.

A bargain isn’t a bargain when you don’t end up wearing it.  And a poorly thought out ethical purchase that sits unworn is almost as bad, nay, as bad, as a poorly thought out fast fashion purchase.  According to a recent survey, the average wardrobe in the UK contains 11 items still with the tags on. This is pretty wasteful for the planet. And not just the planet, but awful for our bank balances too.

Let’s be savvy together this coming Black Friday sales season!

How do you keep your cool in the sales?  Do share your tips! And don’t forget my clever tip on how to stop buying stuff you don’t need.