5 Tips To Help Curb Unnecessary Online Shopping

5 Tips To Help Curb Unnecessary Online ShoppingAre you addicted to online shopping? With the ability to browse and buy products from the comfort of your couch, and then receive a package right at your front door, it’s hard not to get hooked. And with constant access to the Internet through smartphones, the addiction follows us everywhere.

That’s why it’s important to get online shopping under control. These are a few tips to help you limit the amount of time and money you spend shopping online.

Delete Shopping Applications

Practically every store and shopping website has a mobile application available for download. It makes shopping from virtually anywhere a possibility. Waiting in the doctor’s office? Take out your phone and browse a few catalogs. On the bus? See what deals you can find today.

By deleting these applications from your phone, it will help you resist the urge to online shop when you’re bored. It’s a lot more hassle to open a web browser and try to shop online without the mobile-friendly version of the website.

Unsubscribe From Emails

Do you wake up every morning with ten emails from different stores and websites telling you about their sales? This puts the product right in front of you and shows you the great deal you can get in a place you can’t avoid — your mailbox. More than 92% of online shoppers say that images are critical to their purchasing decision. With emails, the pictures are delivered right to you every day. You don’t even have to go looking for them!

You usually get subscribed to these emails after making a purchase at the stores, but there is a way to unsubscribe! Unsubscribing will stop you from seeing what you could be buying every single day. Without a daily reminder to shop, it will be easier to stop.

Don’t Store Credit Card Information

When you check out at an online store, they usually offer you the option of saving your credit card information to make future purchases easier. This sounds enticing, but it is actually not only dangerous, but it also feeds your addiction to online shopping!

When you go to make a purchase and you have to enter your credit card information, it forces you to stand up and get your credit card, instead of just clicking a button. This gives you a little bit of time to process that you’re spending actual money, and might help you avoid those unnecessary purchases.

Use Applications To Stop You From Shopping

There are many applications out there that limit what websites you can go to, or how much time you can spend on specific sites. Using one of these applications to track your use of online shopping sites can help you understand when and why you online shop so you can better stop it.

StayFocusd is a Google Chrome extension that limits the amount of time you can spend on certain websites. With this tool, you can set reasonable time limits on the sites you like to browse and the ones you spend the most time on.

Commit To A Three-Day Rule

Next time you want to buy something, try putting it on a wish-list or saving the page before buying it. Commit to waiting three days before purchasing. This gives you time to think about the purchase and decide whether or not it’s worth the money.

Giving yourself a waiting period helps you ask the right questions and make more rational decisions. That’s why stores throw “Today Only!” sales all the time. It stops you from having that waiting period and forces you to make a quick decision. Challenge yourself to stay away from impulse purchases.

That’s all it takes! With just these five tips, you can be well on your way to a spree-free digital life!

About The Author

Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere. Catch her updates on Twitter @anumyoon!

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1 Comment

  1. Robert

    Retailers are making it tougher these days to curb spontaneous purchases for shopaholics. It’s way to easy to push a button and re-order something you last bought. This is fine for the things you regularly need (i.e. your basic essentials), but for those truly spontaneous purchases, you need to hold back and think about the purchase. I like your 3-day rule as it gives you time to think about the purchase and determine whether the item is a want or something you truly need.

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