There is no doubt that the convenience of online shopping has changed our lives for the better. We can save time by ordering new clothes, shoes, and toiletries without ever stepping foot in a store. For those of us that like to live in our pajamas, this is a game changer.
But when is convenient too convenient? When our wallets are inconveniently empty from overindulgence.
Many people struggle with online shopping addiction, which is often times socially acceptable and one of those “haha, me too” moments, until it starts to deeply affect your life. When your spending is out of control, it’s important to recognize the issue and put some self-protective measures into place before the habit gets out of hand.
Depending on how deep your addiction runs, you may need to implement one or more of these tactics:
- Remove shopping apps from your phone – There’s an app for everything, including your favorite store. Take a few moments to look through your apps and delete any that may tempt you.
- Pause and think – Do you really need another (insert super frivolous item here)?
- Do not save your credit card or billing information on websites – Most online stores give you the option to save your payment options to speed up the process for future purchases. Convenient, but also way too easy to overspend. Make sure you uncheck the option for saving your information, which will make it as difficult as possible to make purchases and give you that extra minute to think before you buy.
- Block yourself from your favorite shopping websites – If you absolutely cannot control the urge to spend, consider blocking yourself from sites that you frequent. It’s for your own good, and you can always unblock them later.
- Install an adblocker – Companies track your visits to their website, and then follow you throughout the web and social media with their ads. This can trigger you to purchase an item you may have otherwise forgotten about. Install an ad blocker to eliminate ads on Youtube, Google, Facebook, and any other sites you visit.
If you’ve done all of this, and still can’t kick the habit, another way to keep your wallet sealed is to turn your phone or computer off and pick up a book and read, take a walk, clean out your junk drawer – whatever you want to do to get your mind off of shopping. Replace the excitement you get from the purchase with other small accomplishments! This will help you form a very healthy habit that will pay big dividends down the road.