Be very critical of advertising, don’t get sucked in by any emotional tugs on your heart-strings. Ask yourself what type of fear or insecurity the advertisement is playing on. Rather than buying the whatever-it-is, which won’t help you in the long run, try and do something about the insecurity.
Before you buy something ask yourself:
Do I really need it?
Can I get by without it?
Do I want to clean and maintain it?
How many hours will I have to work to pay for it?
How long will the buzz last after buying it and is it worth it?
How long did I feel good for the last time I bought something like this?
Can I get it without buying it? Can you rent or borrow it?
A good rule for avoiding impulse buying is to sleep on it. you are likely to find that you do not feel so strongly about buying something the next day.
Just don’t go shopping. Go hiking, swimming, picnicing or play sport with the kids instead.
Instead of buying stuff try selling some stuff.
Instead of going shopping give your time: volunteer for a charity, school or community group. Giving feels better for longer than shopping.
Savour. One or two special things can be savoured and enjoyed much more than a whole pile of junk.
Stay at home – invite friends around, play a game, bake bread, write a letter, cuddle a loved one.
Make a budget – know how much you are earning and limit your spending. Each dollar you spend represents precious time in your life that you worked?
The Joneses are the thriftiest, least wasteful people. Try to keep up with them.
Instead of buying it try making it or better still fix the old one you have.