Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! Is it just me, or does it feel like this week is dragging? I feel like it should be at least Thursday... but maybe that's just because I have Friday off and I want it to get here as fast as possible! ;)
Anyways, today I'm going to talk to you about how I've learned to control my "Impulse Buys".. You know, where you go into a store to buy one thing and walk about with 14 other items? Yeah.. I've been there. And done that.. And I'm now a (mostly) reformed Impulse Buyer!
Admittedly, I went through a couple of
phases a little while back.. First, when I started MandysSecrets. I was a beauty blogger! I needed items to review, damn it! I needed to expand my stash to include EVERY MAKEUP ITEM EVERRRR!!! And so I bought. And I bought. And I bought. And finally my poor husband was like "No, seriously. You're cut off."
So I abstained. And then I got hired at my current job. Where I work in a makeup/beauty store. And the vicious cycle started all over again. "But it's on sale! And I get a discount! And I neeeeeeeeeeeeed it!" I was like a woman possessed. Makeup had become my crack and I could barely leave work without buying something.
And then I took stock of my beauty products and realized how much stuff I truly have. (Trust me, it's a LOT..) So here's how I now decide if I truly need that 32nd pink creme polish, or that 11th taupe shadow:
1. Do I have something similar?
This is especially true for my 400+ bottles of polish. I don't need 5 versions of the exact same color in different brands. What makes this bottle unique to my collection? And if I buy this one, would I be willing to part with at least TWO other polishes I already have to keep it? If I can't answer the first question, or the answer to the second question is "no".. then I put the product back.
2. Do I actually need a new one?
Since I get products to review for MandysSecrets, and I get gratis makeup at work.. I already have a large bag of brand new makeup for when I run out of my current products. Do I really need that black liner when I already have 3 new ones sitting at home? Or am I just in a snatch-n-grab kind of mood?
3. Am I buying it for the sale?
At my work, we're always running great sales: BOGO, B2G2, B2G1, etc.. and that weighs very heavily on my impulse to hoard beauty products. Do I NEED 4 shower gels right this second? Absolutely not.. "But it's Buy 2, Get 2 FREE.. and then I get my discount on top of that! That makes them SO cheap!" Or I get lured in by our countless Gifts with Purchase that we have. So now I ask myself: Would I buy this without the sale or the promise of a GWP? If not, I keep walking.
4. What attracts me to this product?
Most of the time, I want things just because they're new. "It's new! I can review it on MandysSecrets!" ...And then what will I do with it after that? I have a whole pile of products that I've swatched once and won't touch again. Or I get sucked into the whole "Limited Edition" gimmick. Now, I have to make sure the product will solve a beauty problem that I already have before I plunk down cash.
5. Will I actually WEAR it?
This seems like an obvious question, but we've all bought a product at some point that we simply know we will never use. For me, it's colored liners. I usually only use a pop of colored liner below my bottom lashes.. and I've actually found that I enjoy using shadow so much more than liner for that purpose anyways. Even though I find it hard to step away from a gorgeous liner (Urban Decay Woodstock, I'm looking at you..), I think back to the 20+ colored liners I have in my makeup bag that have been used once or twice, and I slowly step away from the product.
Now that I follow these guidelines and really analyze what I'm buying and why I'm buying it, my impulse shopping has dropped dramatically! Even though I admit, sometimes it sucks and I'm standing with an armload of products going
..Knowing that I'll have more money left over and a happy husband at the end of the day can generally convince me that I'm doing the right thing. And don't get me wrong, I still indulge myself occasionally, but I've found that buying myself something once in a while gives me much more satisfaction and makes me appreciate it more than buying myself something every day. :)
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So now I'd love to hear from you! Tell me your tips & tricks for avoiding impulse buys.. and if you're the type who always gives in.. tell me why you're okay with doing so! I love to hear your opinions!