If you’re constantly finding yourself adding items to your home with impulse purchases, then this tip is most definitely for you!
I am often swept up by the shops – even though I wouldn’t class myself as a shopper at all.
The way things are displayed, the marked down prices, and the general ambience in the shops are enough to take me from a maybe to a YES when it comes to buying things.
And unfortunately in the past I’ve bought things that I really didn’t need, and ultimately never used as well.
That’s not good…
And I think we’re all like this to an extent.
When we go shopping we often get swept away with the occasion – looking at items we don’t really need, but wanting them, and often buying them on a whim.
Items that seem like a great idea at the time – but aren’t really used or needed at all.
Items that take up space in your home, add to your clutter, and end up making you feel bad for having wasted money and effort buying them.
It was a few years ago now that I created a rule for shopping that has truly made ALL the difference.
And that’s what I want to share with you today – it’s something I like to call the 2 week buying rule.
The 2 week buying rule
It’s simple really.
If you’re out shopping, and see something that’s not what you were looking for (not on your list), then make a note of it (take a photo on your phone, or write down the details so you don’t forget it).
Then walk away from it and wait 2 weeks.
Often after 2 weeks you will have forgotten about it, decided that you really don’t need it, or you may have looked online and found an alternative that would work better or is cheaper.
If you do still want it after 2 weeks then get it!
TIP – Make sure you have a space to put it – as you don’t want to add clutter to your home!
OK – it may make you make a second trip to the shops – but often you can purchase things online, and they are usually less expensive and its convenient for you as well – after all – you have seen the item in the flesh and know what its like – so the risk of buying online and not liking it isn’t there any longer.
Also – you would have had a second trip to the shops to take an item back if you purchased it in haste – so overall you are probably spending less time at the shops – and that’s always a bonus!
Chances are – after 2 weeks you will have cooled off the item – so saved yourself time, money and hassle by not buying it.
But if you do go ahead and buy it, you know that you really want it!…