Have you ever wondered how to stop buying stuff you don’t need?
A lot of people have a problem with mindful shopping. They spend more than they could afford, they shop emotionally things that they didn’t really want/need.
But we can learn how to shop with purpose. If you want to learn to be more intentional and to save money, ask yourself these questions before you shop and buy something:
- What activities do you spend most of your time doing?
There’s no point buying clothes for a life you don’t live. Ask yourself what life you are dressing for. Be honest with yourself and buy clothing for the activities that you will wear.
- Do you really need it? Will you use it often?
If the answer isn’t an absolute yes re-evaluate the purchase. If you will use it on a regular basis and it will add value to your life while doing so, it’s probably a good purchase. If it’s something you will only use occasionally, it might not be worth it.
- What are your intentions behind wanting to buy something new?
Think about why you really want to make that purchase. It will add value to your life? You are bored and want something new? Are you trying to impress someone else?
- Do you already own something else you could use instead?
Sometimes with a little creativity, you may realize you already own something you could use in place of the item you are considering buying.
- What types of brands do you want to support?
It’s important to know where you want your money to go. Do you want to support big fast fashion brands or would you prefer to support smaller businesses or sustainably made companies?
With those questions in mind, you’ll soon become a more mindful shopper.
- Look for quality over quantity
Train your eyes to see the quality of the fabrics and you’ll automatically buy less.
Sometimes we get caught up by sales but a lot of what we buy is very ordinary. Poor quality fabrics, cheap designs, and so on.
- Thrift/buy from ethical makers
There are so many wonderful places to find secondhand clothing. And I know that sometimes it’s about convenience buying fast fashion but just be aware of it and try to reduce it. Also, you will have a much more unique style if you shop secondhand!
- Avoid shopping centers
Avoiding shopping centers removes you from the constant marketing and pressure to buy more.
- Wait 24 hours before purchasing
Sometimes we get so excited about the idea of buying something new and make a purchase we regret later. My tip for you is to wait 24 hours before making your purchase. You have more time to think about your purchase and avoid making impulsive choices.
- Try to buy more experiences than things
If you want to gift someone (or treat yourself), rather than buying a physical object, look for an experience like concert tickets, museum passes, a gift card, free lessons, a yoga class, a coffee date or dinner out, or something more thoughtful and personalized. Fill your life with experiences instead of buying more “stuff”.
- Be willing to pay more sometimes
Sustainable products are more expensive because are usually of better quality and longer-lasting. They are better because they were created with no impact on the environment. Cheap products are low in quality and they are definitely not sustainable.
Do you have any more tips on how to be a mindful shopper? Let me know in the comments! 😊