Combatting The Impulse Buy

Impulse or emotional shopping is a dangerous game.

I know, what an intense way to begin an ordinary blog post. But stay with me!

Shopping is fun. Buying new things and thinking of all the places you’re going to wear one item or another is an exciting rush! But if you go on a shopping spree because you had a bad day or impulsively buy a few items from that store where you can’t really afford anything, regret will set in and suddenly you will be stressed about car payments and student loan bills.

I’ve been there.

One way I’ve found that helps me stay away from impulse buys is to keep a photo album on my phone of my favorite wardrobe staples and items I’ve been wearing a lot recently. This helps me see what I already have in my closet, and then only purchase items that will enhance these pieces and therefore get the most use.  

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Don’t get me wrong, I am still known to  splurge here and there — I’m only human! But knowing what I have and doing my best to purchase only things I know will be worn and complement my favorite pieces keeps my spending under control and money stresses (relatively) at bay.

These black jeggings from American Eagle are one of my favorite wardrobe staples and have a permanent place in the phone wardrobe album. On a recent trip to H&M I found this striped shirt and statement necklace that I knew would complement them perfectly.

Do you use your phone to shop or track your money? Tweet me @brokebutbougie

— This post is part of my work on the #StyledByLumia Campaign. Nokia gave me the phone. All opinions are my own.