Have you ever heard the phrase “walk with purpose”? Walk with a mission, you have something to do, somewhere to be, your goal is specific, etc. How about shop with purpose? Shopping just to shop might just be the most dangerous strategy for your pocketbook. Unless you have an insane amount of self control, going to the store for the sole purpose of looking around and “shopping” almost always leads you to buying things you wouldn’t have purchased otherwise.
Yes, shopping is fun, but can be dangerous. Try to make a habit of shopping with a purpose. If you are looking for a certain item like a backpack, don’t tempt yourself by browsing through the shoe isle. You’re bound to find something you like and probably don’t need. Make a list and stick to it. Here are some tips to avoid impulse buying or read my post on wants vs. needs.