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Want to find out how you can spend your money on only the things you really want and need? You know, the perfect things! Not the ones you might later regret. I can’t tell you how my life changed when I changed my shopping mindset! And these 5 questions helped me do that!
Want to just always buy the perfect things that don’t rock your budget, will compliment you, and always bring you joy?
Want to be sure to never again spend on anything you would later regret?
Shopping doesn’t have to be excess or restricted. (It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of buy-nothing challenges).
These are the top five must-ask questions to never buy anything you’d later regret and always buy the perfect thing. Every.Single. Time.
And these are THE 5 questions to ask when you want to buy items that will become your next favorite things!
1. Is it going to be your next favorite thing?
- Is it just perfect?
- Do you absolutely love it?
- Is it going to be your next favorite thing?
It’s that simple.
And please note that you (and only you) know what perfect means to you. Don’t let others define your perfect.
I don’t buy anything anymore that isn’t just perfect. I rather buy “the perfect thing” at a regular price than something mediocre or “just fine” that is on sale.
It has to be perfect.
If it’s not, I’ll leave it in the store for someone else to buy.
And it could be that item is their “perfect thing,” and I think someone should get to enjoy those rather than me having them stuffed in the furthest corner of my closet.
2. Do you want to use it or wear it immediately?
Do you want to show it to everyone? Do you want everyone to see it? Are you a little “proud” of it?
Of course, I don’t go and “show off” my new things to everyone, but I like to think this way to understand the specialness, pride, and status that things give you.
But very effective when it comes to buying quality things instead of those more junk-kind-of-things.
3. Could you pay it with cash if needed?
I think this is the simplest question to ask to truly understand your budget.
I don’t think it’s practical, relevant, or even safe(!) anymore to pay everything with cash, but this question (when answered honestly) gives you an understanding of your money.
This means you already HAVE the money saved up, and you are not buying stuff with the unexisting money – with credit – or as I like to call it: magic money.
4. Is it going to bring a smile to your face after 3 weeks?
- Would you see yourself wearing and using it after some time?
- Is it going to complement or compete with your favorite things that you already have?
If you buy something that is only for the short-term or because of its low price, it might not end up being one of your most liked and used things.
And it won’t be bringing a smile to your face after some time.
You might even end up decluttering it after a very short time. #konmari
So do yourself a favor and leave it in the store.
And continue your shopping expedition and look for jewels, not tools.
Please let me repeat that: look for jewels, not tools.
5. Would you give it as a gift?
This is THE question of all questions.
When you buy gifts, you tend to put some extra thought into the buying process.
- What does the receiver like?
- Which colors? Which style? Which quality?
- What do they value?
- What would they need or want?
I like to think of each thing I buy as it would be a gift. A gift to yourself. A me-gift I call it.
And leave the low-quality things in those luring sales-bins. Walk away. You do not want them… even though at that moment you might.
And hey! Choose only one gift. Only ONE me-gift. Not gazillion. But make it a good one!
So these my 5 go-to questions/mindset tricks I like to use when I buy things!
They’re my go-to shopping besties! I never spend money without consulting them first!
And I use them whether it’s a couch I need to buy, or a shirt, some more expensive make-up or perfume, a pretty notebook… even a toaster…something that will stay in my life longer than a bottle of milk.
So the next time you’re about to splurge and spend those $$$, ask yourself:
- Is it going to be your next favorite thing?
- Do you want to use it or wear it immediately?
- Could you pay it with cash if needed?
- Is it going to bring a smile to your face after 3 weeks?
- Would you give it as a gift?
And then buy it without feeling the guilt or regretting it later! You deserve pretty things!
If you want to learn more shopping mindset tricks check out this post next: 25 tips to discover balanced shopping habits without feeling restricted.
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