Ask: “Did I Need It Yesterday?” Avoid Unreasonable Purchases

Every dollar spent is a choice. When it comes to impulse purchases, it’s easy to justify what you don’t necessarily need. Before you buy something, ask yourself: “Did I need this yesterday?”

On the home management blog, What Mommy Is Doing asks the question, “Did I need this yesterday?” allows you to filter the really necessary from the positive. If you couldn’t think of a time when you needed something the day before, you probably won’t need it so much tomorrow:

This tactic can help you make the decision not to go shopping “just because”. If you can’t find something specific that you needed yesterday, then a simple solution to save you unnecessary expenses is not to go to the mall and do something else with your time.

Of course, if you tend to use technical details, zoom in on the timeline. Ask yourself how many times have you really needed something in the last week. Or as much as you might need for the next week. Impulsive shopping is the exact opposite of long-term thinking, so forcing yourself to think outside of the present moment can help cut down on unnecessary spending.

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