How does making a budget reduce impulse shopping?
Making a budget reduces impulse shopping and impulse buys by allowing you to exercise self-restraint in advance. Having a plan with your money causes you to be as thrifty as possible in the moment, and price compare before purchasing an item. Planning ahead also allows time to look both online and in multiple stores; this decision is a trade off between time and money that each person must make for themselves depending on how they value each commodity. Another reason budgeting is helpful for a healthy wallet is that it makes it very difficult to spend money that you do not have, which is something that many people struggle with. It is easy to swipe now, and think about what the price is later; however this can lead to serious debt and lifetime troubles.
Sadly, it has only taken me a few Personal Finance classes to come to the realization that I may not be so well equip for the adult world as I had previously hoped. In fact, after participating in the PF Self Test from the second lesson, I was a bit ashamed of some of the expenses I have caused myself – not only were most of my costs from big items but, (you got it!), a great deal of them were impulse buys as well. The biggest impulse purchase I have ever paid for, is one that I continue to pump money into with each passing week; my beloved (US) Mini Lop bunny, Razzle. Although I had been on the search for the perfect pet for quite a while, the baby bunny sale certainly made up my mind on a whim. Although I have spent thousands of dollars on this 6 pound wonder already in the 8 months I have had him, he is healthy and both of us are happy, and my wallet was the only thing suffering from my quick decisions. This experience taught me that although you should consider each large (or seemingly small) purchase before hand, not all impulse buys are regrettable. You do not have to fail to recognize mistakes, but simply view every situation under a light of improvements to be made for next time. Think twice! Think three times; then re plan and think again. Explore all possible routes – the cheapest way may not really be the cheapest way in the long-run, and the fastest way may not always be the most rewarding (and could involve more effort than waiting for what you really wanted in the first place.)