Impulse shopping has to be the biggest waste of money for a family or anyone. It might be a good idea to come up with a plan to deal with it. Everyone knows that when we walk into a store something shiny will catch our eye and we get into that "I gotta have it" or "I can't live without it" mode. We know that if we thought about it for awhile and walked away from whatever was attracting us we really don't need whatever it is our impulses are craving.
Make a checklist that you can use to talk to your kids about impulse shopping. The next time you are in a store and they start to whine about how they just have to have that new thingamabob or whirrlygig bring out the list or remember the questions in your head and ask them. Have them work together. Do you have a Smartphone? Keep the list on your phone and bring it out when you are in the store or if you know a particular store always seems to bring out the worst impulse shopping habits, whip out the list before you go into the store and go over some of the questions.
Some Suggested questions:
- Did I want this item before I saw it in the store?
- If I were to leave the store would I remember what it was an hour later?
- Can I wait and buy this item on sale?
- Do I really need this item?
- Do I have a place to put it?
- Will use it more than a day?
- Do I already have a similar item at home?
Do you have some ideas for questions to put on the Impulse Shopping Checklist?