Be mindful of what you spend...

Be mindful of what you spend…

Spend wisely

We visited HobbyX this afternoon and we wanted to walk out with everything! There are always so many new things that we want to try or just beautiful things that we want to add to our craft stash.

We’ve put together a list for you on how to avoid buying things you don’t need at an expo, market or even a sale!

1. What’s your goal?

Are you looking for something specific? If you are, make a list and stick to only buying those items. It’s so easy (believe us!) to fall in love with additional items and add them to your shopping basket.

Are you looking to splurge on an ‘I deserve to spoil myself’ purchase? If you are then make a list of three items that have been on your wish list for a while now and if you happen to spot them choose your favourite one.

2. How much money are you willing to spend?

Know this before you go. Once you are there it’s easy to add little bits of money here and there without realising how much overspending you’re actually doing. Draw that amount of cash and leave your cards at home – your bank balance will thank you later!

3. Know your prices…

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing something you really want, especially if it’s been marked at a special price! If you have a general idea of the prices of what you want to buy you won’t get caught buying a ‘deal’ that’s actually not such a great deal at all. Do some research online or visit a few stores beforehand so that you can compare the pricing before you purchase.

4. Eat before you go!

People who shop on an empty stomach most often buy things on impulse. Research suggests that fasting has been shown to affect our brains by activating the areas associated with reward – which could explain why we reach for anything and everything when go shopping on an empty stomach. So make sure to eat a healthy snack before you go.

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.

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