Extreme Couponing Tip: Impulse Buying

Ever get home to find you bought much more than intended? How often do you ask yourself “Why did I buy this?” Find out how to curb impulse buying to save both money and regret!

Hungry? Try a Snack! Make sure to go shopping after you eat or bring along a snack to munch on (this goes for kids as well as adults!) We all know it’s taboo to shop when hungry. Don’t forget to tote around a water bottle too…or stop by the drinking fountain to avoid those chilled beverages at checkout (oh, so tempting, but also full-price!).

Make a List: When you have a shopping list in hand, impulse buying can dramatically decrease. Also having a set budget or just shopping with cash can keep you in check.

Sale tags: Just because a product says it’s “on sale” doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy it. Know your sale ads and how to spot a deal. Be wary of hazardous areas like checkout shelves, flashy displays, and end caps.

Downsize: If your list is small, try picking up a carrying basket or getting a smaller shopping cart instead of going full-size.

Think it over: Do you really need it? Take your time to decide, especially with big purchases. Check out reviews or ask fellow Krazy Couponers for their opinion before stocking up or investing. Also, consider alternate sources: borrowing, buying used, or shopping other locations (i.e. farmer’s markets, stores you normally don’t shop).