Rather than allowing yourself to go into major debt from giving into temptation all of the time, try to curb your habits and create better ways for yourself to get the same kind of thrill. By ending your addiction and using that energy towards something else more productive and that yields more positive results in your life you can make sure that you doing the best thing possible for your future.
Limit Your Time Online
One of the best ways to make sure that you aren’t tempting yourself to start clicking away and buying pointless items that will only sit in a closet or stay in the box.
By eliminating the temptation altogether and not sitting in front of the computer feeling your fingers twitch wanting to buy something immediately, you can shift your focus onto other things. Elimination of temptation is one of the most effective forms of distraction.
Create a Strict Budget For Yourself
Try sitting down and carefully mapping out all that you want to spend your money on including expenses, leisurely activities, and things that you could imagine yourself saving for. Try to learn some basic Excel formulas and put together a budget which you can use to throw a spreadsheet together and get your finances in order.
You can refer to your spreadsheet whenever you are looking at whether your finances might be out of balance and you need to reel it in. Knowledge is power, so being able to have a list of guidelines of exactly what you should be spending your money on is a huge help.
Make a List Of Goals
Try to make a list of things that you would like to see your money going towards instead of your impulse purchases. This list can help you stay motivated and start taking action towards your bigger goals rather than short term goals which only add to temporary satisfaction.
Refer to this list regularly and even consider posting it on the wall so that you can see it. This way you can always be reminded of what you want in life on the bigger scale and be less tempted towards giving into your impulses.
Ask For Your Friends Support
Ask your friends to support you on what your goals are. If you are honest with them and ask them if you can call them when you are thinking about making a purchase then you can start to know that you have a support system to fall back on. This can only make you stronger in your road to fighting your online shopping addiction.