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‘Tis The Season to Manage Your Impulse Shopping!

During this time of year, we are bombarded with holiday shopping deals everywhere we look. There’s “Christmas Specials” this and “Back to School” that, and it’s very easy to start ordering and swiping your credit card away.

Don’t know how to keep yourself from falling down the shopping rabbit hole? We have some advice.

Five Tips to Consider

The struggle that comes with impulse shopping can hit absolutely anyone. It’s important to keep in mind that some of us are more vulnerable to its effects than others (such as those with ADHD).

The following information is designed to help anyone manage the overwhelming impulse to over shop:

  • Plan and Follow Through

In most cases, you are going to have to shop whether you want to or not. Do yourself a favour and make a list of all the things you need to buy and do your best to stick to it.

  • Budget

Budgets tend to make people feel limited, which is exactly what we need during this time of year. By budgeting, you will have greater control over your finances and a better idea of what you can and can’t do with your money.

  • Use Your Tools

Are you having a tough time keeping track of your expenses, money, and credit cards? There are plenty of apps out there designed to help you keep everything in check! Here are the ones that we really love: Mint, Pocket Expense, Household Account Book)

  • Sleep on It

Are you feeling a sudden urge to click on your Takealot cart and going through with your purchase? How about giving yourself a bit of time? We recommend sleeping on it to evaluate how you feel about it the next day.

  • Many Things Are Returnable

Have you ever kept an item you later didn’t want because you were too ashamed to return it? Almost every store or retailer allows free returns (check your receipt!), so if you are having second thoughts on a purchase, take it back.

Let’s Help You Out

Sometimes it’s hard to control our urges, and it doesn’t always have to do with shopping. If you or someone you love has had a tough time working on their impulses and need help figuring out the best way to manage them, then Biolink Attention Training can help.

We are ready to give you our undivided attention and provide feedback so that, together, we can find the best possible solution. Contact us today for more information about our services or find a center near you.

Lizaan Spangenberg
Biolink Attention Training Head Office