Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t buy shit you don’t need? We’re all guilty of it to some varying degree.
We lose money, space, and a bit of our sanity when our lives are filled up with items that sit idle and no longer bring us pleasure. Below are 10 tips on how to stop buying things you don’t need.
- Determine What Shit Is Important – It’s okay to buy some things that you don’t need. It really is. However, you need to determine ahead of time what hobbies, collectibles, or general “shit” is important to you. Build a framework for the unnecessary items in your life, so that purchases are within reason.
- Remember That Stuff Doesn’t Make You Happier – You probably are already aware that most items that you purchase only provide you with temporary joy. You just need to remember it next time you are about to purchase some shit you don’t need. An easy way to remind yourself is to think about the last few items you bought, that you “needed”, only to let sit idle around the house.
- Money Gives You Options, Extra Stuff Limits You – Your mindset regarding unnecessary shit should be one of “it limits me.” The extra stuff in your life is requiring space, creating clutter, and will need to be dealt with in the future. On the flip side, if you save/invest the money you would have spent on shit you don’t need, you can use that money for financial security and other opportunities in life.
- Cash Only – A whole lot of people buy the bulk of the shit they don’t need on credit cards or using financing. Using debt is a psychological trick that makes us spend more than we would if using cash. Make a commitment to a debt free life, and it will naturally force you to buy less shit.
- Stop Caring What Other People Think – The people around you care less about your life than you would imagine. So next time you are buying something just because of a concern about the way others perceive you, stop and reconsider.
- Embrace Minimalism – A minimalist approach to your life can save you thousands of dollars a year, and drastically reduce the amount of extra shit in your life. Even embracing a slightly more minimalist approach than your current situation, you can stop the urge to buy new stuff.
- Wait – Taking time to think over a purchase can help remove the initial emotional reasons you want to purchase. For large items, give yourself a month to see if the purchase is still important to you.
- Budget – For those of us that follow a budget, it can be a great way to deter you from buying shit you don’t need. It’s simple – you just budget for the stuff you do need. If it’s not in your budget, you don’t buy it.
- Clean/Remove Old Shit – Nothing helps put your wasteful purchases into perspective like cleaning and organizing your old stuff. After I go through my closets, drawers, bins to “purge” unused items, the resulting trash bags of items to donate reminds me that I don’t need many of the things I purchase.
- Be Grateful – Appreciating what you already have is an important life skill to learn. Being grateful allows you to reduce your desire for more, and be happier with your existing situation. Buying shit we don’t need often comes from a dark place in our emotions, known as discontentment.