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4 tips to ensure you make fewer impulsive online purchases

Jan Uyttewaal

March 3, 2022


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4 tips to ensure you make fewer impulsive online purchases

Of course, we all know that wonderful feeling when you have bought something online and see it delivered to your home the next day. Once it arrives, you ask yourself something: Do I really need this? Sometimes all these purchases lead to you suddenly being short on money. Fortunately, you can make sure that you can outsmart the big companies; you can read how to do that here.

Tip 1: Uninstall your online shopping apps

Out of boredom you sometimes sit aimlessly on your phone browsing through an online store. No wonder you buy something you doubt you really needed. Online stores have made it very easy for us to purchase all kinds of fun things within seconds.

"Nice and convenient right? Convenient for sure, but therefore also extra dangerous."

When you make sure to make your online purchases only through a stationary computer or laptop, it shrugs off a lot of impulsive purchases. Therefore, remove your online shopping apps on your phone so that you can protect yourself from this.

Tip 2: Postpone your moment of purchase

You can sometimes get all excited about a product, which doesn't make you hot or cold the next day. In some cases, the damage is done by then and you have already bought it. Therefore, try to teach yourself to have a cooling off period of at least 24 hours.

When you see something online that you would like to have, don't buy it right away. Make sure you write the product down in your calendar and when this day has passed, you can check whether you still want to buy this product.

Tip 3: Make sure you delete your cookies.

When you have succeeded in restraining yourself from making an impulse purchase, the cookies collected can still make things difficult for you. Large webshops cleverly play on the pages you have viewed. When you see those cute shoes passing by day after day, it is even more difficult to restrain yourself.

Tip 4: Pitch your purchase to a friend

To sell something, of course, you should always list the benefits of the product. If you do this for one of your friends, you automatically do this for yourself as well. 

This makes you check for yourself whether you really want the product. In addition, that one friend may be able to look at it with a sober eye and tell you if it's a good deal.

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