Spending money is almost impossible to avoid on-line. I mean everywhere you look are adds and opportunities to buy something. It’s hard enough to save money and be frugal, then you add a constant barrage of online spending opportunities and it’s almost impossible to keep your money in your bank account.
So, how do you stop spending money online?
I have found four ways to safeguard myself from impulse buys and you can too. Check these out…
I almost never just pull up my browser and type in a website and start shopping. Instead, I end up shopping by clicking through an email advertising a sale and/or free shipping. Before I know it, I am buy things I don’t need because they are on sale.
How many different e-mail lists are you subscribed to? I found myself subscribed to a rediculous amount of stores’ e-mail lists and it wasn’t doing me any favors, so now I am in the process of unsubscribing to all of them! Do yourself a favor too and unsubscribe! You will save money without even feeling it.
Stop browsing deal sites.
It used to be a part of my morning routine to check Slickdeals.net and SouthernSavers.com. Every day, y’all. Sure, I got a lot of great deals, but I also got a lot of stuff I didn’t need, therefore spending money I didn’t need to spend. If you stop looking, you won’t know what’s selling. If you don’t know, you can’t buy. Simple as that!
Delete shopping apps.
Do you ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling through the Wish app, or Groupon? These companies are smart, they know how to get us and they depend on our bored, mindless scrolling and one-click-purchasing. Delete shopping apps so you don’t find yourself shopping out of boredom or just for the fun of it and spending money you don’t have to spend.
Check your statements.
Nothing makes my blood boil as quickly as it does when I look over my credit card statement and find out that I have a recurring expense from some dumb subscription that we aren’t even using! Check your statements and make sure you aren’t accidentally, or just absent-mindedly paying a subscription for something you aren’t using.
It’s easy y’all! A few safeguards against over-spending can go a long way toward saving you some money!
Now it’s your turn! What other ways can we protect ourselves from sneaky, yet pushy internet consumerism? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below!