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Expensive Shopping Habits Your Salary Cannot Afford

Compulsive shopping is one of the leading reasons why people end up nose deep in debt. Learning to live within means is very important to ensure your family’s long-term financial health. If your expenses exceed your monthly income, you might soon find yourself declaring personal bankruptcy.

Most people have to spend monthly on things like rent or a mortgage and groceries. The amount you spend on these things should be carefully planned. You shouldn’t spend a higher percentage of your monthly income on shopping than you do buying essentials, like food. Yet this balance can be quite difficult to maintain. Every once in a while, we all become victims of impulsive buying habits. If your impulsive buying habits include one of the following, you could be in trouble.

Aisle Shopping

Aisle shopping is when a customer makes purchases at a store by browsing all the aisles, and therefore ends up buying unnecessary items. You are vulnerable to aisle shopping when you shop without a list. Consider this scenario: you go to the local supermarket to buy fish and eggs. On your trip, you end up browsing the sauces aisle. You buy an expensive bottle of sauce even if you didn’t plan it early or need the product. When you go to the cashier, you decide to buy a tabloid and a packet of gum because they were right there.

During this trip, you have definitely bought more than fish and eggs. You simply don’t need a good majority of the things you have bought. This is aisle shopping, how people end up spending more than they should at the local markets. This habit can inflate your household budget exponentially.

Buying New Furniture Every Year

Who doesn’t like a new couch or a footstool? We have to occasionally break the bank and buy new furniture to make our homes more livable. However, some shoppers go out of the way to buy new furniture every year. If you bought a mahogany coffee table, you might change your mind and think you’d rather have a redwood coffee table. The result is that you keep wasting money on things you don’t need. Before you buy furniture, do your research and browse multiple sites and stores. Then you will be able to buy things you know you are going to like for years to come.

Monthly Shoe Shopping Sprees

Shoe shopping is fun, but that doesn’t mean you should do it every month. It’s easy get caught up in compulsive shoe purchasing sprees, especially online. Make a resolution to buy only the shoes you need. Stop window shopping for shoes. Control your temptation by not looking at shoe shopping sites or fashion magazines. Delete your credit card information online so you don’t end up a one-click buy victim.

Christmas Shopping that Lasts Forever

Christmas is the season to shop for gifts. Unfortunately, some of us make gift shopping and excuse to go splurging. Christmas shopping should be done according to a budget, a list and a plan. You should not end up going to stores to “browse” and end up buying things. This kind of habit can last for weeks and inflate your personal budget like no other.

It’s not easy to control compulsive spending. But if you carefully read through the above points, you might be able to stop at least somewhat.

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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