Whether the goal is to save money or green your life a bit more these tips will help you to shop with intention.
Make A List
If impulse spending is part of your problem, make a list and stick to it. This list can include general items. For example, if you have a skirt that you’ve been looking for the perfect top for. This way when you see something that isn’t on your list that you are tempted to purchase, you will take a moment to stop and think.
Let It Go
It’s not that you must abandon unplanned purchases altogether, but the goal is to think before you commit. So, when you see a dress or are offered an upsell that isn’t on your list or in your budget—say no. Then, wait to see if you are still thinking about it in a day or full week from now. If it’s still in your mind, head online to ensure it’s in line with your ethical shopping goals and to comparison shop.
Set A Budget
Another way to shop with greater intention is to set an uncompromisable budget. The more specific you can be the better, which you can achieve by breaking your purchases up into categories. For example, food, clothing, entertainment, medical expenses, etc.
Here’s to shifting the way we think about shopping.