|Abbie Cornish as Wally in W./E. Her Ray-Bans ended up on my I Want It list.|
One way I discovered last year to save money was the “I Want It” list and now I create one nearly every month. It really helps to control impulse spending of any kind but you have to be disciplined!
Here’s how it works:
1. From beauty products to clothes to accessories, if you are at all compelled to buy it, it goes on the list but you do not purchase the item. I liked the brattiness of naming it the “I Want It” list, which made it sound like I could have anything I wanted. It has worked in a reverse psychology way—I put down items that are mid-priced, but also very inexpensive. The whole goal is to make myself think about every purchase.
|This YSL Volupté Sheer Candy (in #5) was a Planned Purchase in December.|
2. You do not buy anything off the list until the following month! I found that by then plenty of the things I “wanted” I actually forgot about, which proved they were nothing but impulse buys all along. Sometimes I go check out the item in person and learn it doesn’t look good on me, like the vintage-style Ray-Bans above. So lovely on Abbie Cornish (as she wore them in W./E.), so terrible on me! If I do want something, obsess over it, and know it won’t be around the next month that’s when it gets tough. Sometimes I’ve regretted not making the purchase, but most of the time I don’t. And sometimes, like with the leopard clutch below, it was $10 and I knew it wouldn’t be around the following month in Sheree’s shop at It’s Not That Deep, so I went for it. No regrets!
|I bought these without putting them on the list. So bad!|
The “I Want It” list has been helpful in making almost everything I buy a Planned Purchase, even mascara! Because I don’t know about you, but it’s been buying too many little things, from Essie nail polishes to J. Crew cardigans—things that aren’t too expensive—that sometimes make it hard to save for something big.
|Washington’s Carriage 70cm scarf by Hermès, also a Planned Purchase!|
Do you have any tricks you use to help you plan your purchases and reduce impulse buys? I would love to hear about them!