Online shopping is possibly the best kind of retail therapy – or just about any kind of therapy actually. The whole world’s your oyster, it’s as simple as a few clicks here and there, and you can hardly feel the pinch – until you look at your bank statement.
The thing is, it’s extremely difficult to exercise self-control with so many choices, so much convenience, and so very many sales. Thankfully, there are some easy rules that keep you on track, even if you lack self-discipline.
- Come up with a shopping list and stick to it.
- Set a spending limit and don’t compromise, no matter how cute that other shirt/skirt/dress is.
- Look for similar pieces elsewhere. Chances are, you’ll find the exact same or somewhat similar piece at a cheaper price.
- Don’t shop when you’re bored. You’ll end up buying a lot of useless things on impulse.
- Keep track of your shopping habits. You’ll be surprised how often and how much you actually incur.
- Make the best of discounts. If you know that a huge sale period is coming up (think stores’ anniversary and festive seasons), resist shopping during the few months leading up to it.
Text: Stephanie Chee
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