Tips For Keeping Retail Therapy Trips Under Control

My mom has this saying. She got it from her aunt when she was younger and it has become one of those family heirlooms that will always be with the ladies of my family.

“We’re goin’ gunnin’.”

This phrase means that it’s time for a girls’ day filled with shopping, laughter, lattes and never an aftertaste of buyer’s remorse. Men may joke, but it’s real — retail therapy is just that, therapy.

Shopping can be an extremely emotional activity. This means we’ve got to be careful with our wallets when it comes to indulging our emotions with a dose or two of our favorite boutiques. Now I don’t want to get too serious about this, but here are a few tips I’ve come up with to keep those emotional shopping adventures under control.

Plan Ahead

This seems counterintuitive when it comes to something as impulsive as most retail therapy excursions. But it will ward off those feelings of buyer’s remorse. Before you head out to the mall, take out the specific amount you can afford to spend in cash. Leave the credit cards at home! It might be irritating in the moment, but your wallet and future hungry self will thank you.

Less Is More

I’m not going to lie; when I’ve had a rough week or a fat day, it is more than tempting to run out and buy that expensive pair of boots I’ve been eyeing for months or that designer handbag that will complete my life.  Breathe.  Start small.  Sometimes all it takes to lift my mood or make me feel pretty again is a new shade of lipstick… or a hug and kiss from my husband.

Never Go Alone

I’ve been guilty of venturing to Target or T.J.Maxx on a weeknight, alone. This is the danger zone for your dinero. Having a friend with you can keep your purchasing at bay. “Do I look fat in this?” “Will I actually wear this?” It’s easy to talk yourself into buying something but if you’ve got a good friend with you, they’ll be honest and keep you from making rash decisions.

How do you keep your spending under control when indulging in retail therapy?