How many times has this happened to you? You walk into Target to grab some paper towels, and the next thing you know you’re walking out with a pair of shoes, 2 bathing suits, and scores of random snacks. And don’t even get me started on Trader Joe’s and Costco. Impulse shopping is real, my friends.
That’s where this month’s edition of the Simple Saver Series comes in. April’s challenge is all about curbing impulse shopping.
For those of you who are new to the challenge, the Simple Saver Series is a monthly savings challenge we have going on here at TDT. The idea is to change one small spending habit a month. We’re tackling habits that seem small on their own – like your cup of Starbucks in the morning – but can add up to a lot of money over time.
Each month features a new challenge, so you can investigate many aspects of your budget and see where you might be willing to make permanent cuts. We’re not looking for perfection in sticking to the challenge, just trying something new. Over time, you’ll see that a few small changes can add up to $1,000 or more in savings a year.
This month, we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of giving something up, I want you to add something new to your routine. April’s challenge: make a shopping list.
Next time you go into a store rife with impulse shopping temptation – the grocery store, Target, etc. – try taking a shopping list with you. Write down exactly what you need ahead of time, and stay laser focused on finding those items. Not only will you save money by skipping the extra items you don’t need, but you’ll save time when you’re not randomly wandering the aisles trying to remember which spice you need to make that dinner recipe (been there).