Emotional spending is real. There are some people who find themselves spending more than their budget, more than what they can afford when they are stressed. This continues to be a major reason behind delayed credit card payments as the spender often spends without calculating the affordable limits. This is a dangerous habit as it can easily lead to an accumulation of debts. Here are some effective ways to overcome emotional spending-
- Learn to love your life and appreciate what you already have
Feeling content can curb a majority of the temptations. Not everyone can feel content with what they have. Reading inspirational quotes about life can be of great help in this area. Feeling content can give you the emotional balance that can prevent impulsive spending.
- Do not shop when you are hungry
Shopping when hungry tends to make you spend more than what you had intended. This is a fact that has been found true in various studies.
- Ad blockers
Install ad blockers in your computer. Avoid the urge to subscribe to newsletters. When you see too many ads and too many emails about promotions you might easily get tempted to spend. The holiday season is when you should be extra careful when the retailers avidly try every possible method to increase their sales.
- Be mindful of the store you visit
Do not visit huge supermarkets when you have just a few things to buy. Supermarkets are designed in a way that makes you go around the store to get most of the essentials. In the process, as you see more and more products around you and an empty cart in front of you, you might end up filling the cart with products, not on your list.
Gaining control over your expenses does take some time. Keep a budgeting app in your smartphone to update the expenses then and there. Reward yourself periodically to motivate yourself to control your spending.…