Control Impulse Buying with the 30-Day Rule

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Calendar page with marked date of 30th

The 30-day rule is an easy method to control impulse buying. Here’s how it works:

  1. Whenever you feel the urge to buy — whether it’s for new shoes, a new gadget, or a new car — think first and stop. If you are already holding the item, return it and leave the store.
  2. When you get home, take a piece of paper. Write down the item, the store and the price.
  3. After that, hang it on somewhere obvious, the fridge or calendar, or anywhere.
  4. For the next 30 days, think again if you really want the item, but do not buy it yet.
  5. If at the end of a month the urge is still there, then consider buying it already. (But please do not use a credit card)

That’s the 30-day rule and it is surprisingly effective. This saves you from grief.

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