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Shopping Spree Prevention: Buying Things You do not Need

Abstract: Shopping Spree Prevention: It is difficult for many people to resist temptation. That's why we buy things we don't need. However, if you are aware of the tactics being used, it's easier to avoid the traps.

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Shopping Spree Prevention: Buying Things You do not Need

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 09 Aug 2008.

Why do I Buy Things I do not Need? Give me advice on shopping spree prevention.

Answer:

The shops are exploiting human weakness. A tempting display of easily visible merchandise makes it difficult for many people to resist temptation. However, if you are aware of the tactics being used, it's easier to avoid the traps.

Those with eating disorders are more affected by their environment and as a consequence are more easily tempted.

Here are some tips which have been used to avoid impulsive buying:

  • Write a shopping list at home and stick to it.
  • Visit the shops without bringing any money, and don't return there until you have decided that you really need a certain article.
  • In order to prevent yourself from buying sweets on the way to and from work, leave your money at home and only have lunch coupons and travel card or ticket with you.
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