Improving your spending habits is how you can live more mindfully and within your budget. Done right, you should be able to start affording quality items and still manage to put away money at the end of the month. How? You slow down your buying habits, start researching and buy at the best times. If the item in question is worth waiting for, then it is more likely to be something you need or something that you really want and will enjoy.
Putting every purchase through the wringer is how you will enjoy what you have more, how you will save, and how you can afford the best:
1. Know the Best Days to Shop
Knowing the best days to shop provides two benefits. One, it actually slows down your shopping habit. If you need to wait for big ticket items (or any item) to go on sale, it will give you a buffer between that initial “want.” This way, when you do buy something, you know it is something you desire or need in your home.
The second benefit is the most obvious – deals! You could save hundreds on some of the best prime day deals, for example, and enjoy top tech and fun gadgets to improve your home and your life.
2. Save for These Days in Advance
Waiting for these days also means that you have the opportunity to save up for the items in question. It’s rather simple to save up for them as well – simply try to put away enough money ahead of time to pay for the item at full price. This way you will have money left over and a great item in your shopping basket.
3. Know What You Need Before You Look
Aimlessly shopping means buying things you don’t need. To be better with your spending habits, keep track of the things you need – more storage, a new food processor, etc. – and look for those items specifically. Don’t tempt yourself needlessly, and you’ll save money and live a de-cluttered life.
4. If You Can, Wait Three Days
If you have come across something that you absolutely must have, and it is full price, then leave it. If it is worth it, then you will have no problem going back in three days (or more) to pick it up.
5. Buy Less, Buy Better
When buying something new, it is also important to consider the longevity of the item. This is why comparing items and reviews is so important. You want a product that will last — buying one item that is slightly more expensive once is cheaper than buying the budget item twice.
The best way to shop is to buy for the future. If it is something you can and will be using for years upon years, then you need it to last that long. If one item that is slightly more expensive will last three of the budget items’ lifetimes, then you are saving your future self money.