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Cool Idea: Prohibitive Shopping

Cruising design shops and surfing the web all day, there's a lot of home décor temptation to ward off. If I were to buy all of these seductive goods, you might catch me on a Dr. Phil episode about shopping addiction. Instead, I've devised a method of prohibitive shopping that helps me to curb spontaneous and unnecessary purchases.
A month or so ago, I fell in love with this 1961 Spanish matador painting in a vintage design store in my 'hood. The colors were ideal for my crib, and there was something silly and offbeat about the subject that I was drawn to. But, I couldn't justify shopping at the time, so I told myself if it was still there — and I still loved it — in three weeks, it would be mine. As you can see, it's mine now.

I usually give myself until the time of my paycheck to snatch up the object I'm lusting after. Right now, it's an ornately designed jute rug on clearance that I can't get out of my mind; I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't sell out before payday. I've found this to be a tried-and-true method for cutting spending and choosing only things for my home that won't lose their appeal on me. Do you shop this way?

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mletrav mletrav 7 years
I ABSOLUTELY do this! Even on a shorter term, I'll put something on hold in a store, and shop around that day, and if I still remember/love it later, I'll snatch it up then.
emalove emalove 7 years
If I absolutely LOVE something, I buy it. Or find a way to buy it very soon.
dm8bri dm8bri 7 years
This is exactly how I shop if the item is not necessary and/or expensive. If I'm still thinking of it at least 48 hours later, I will buy it.
katedavis katedavis 7 years
I'm very indecisive and I don't want to spend the money, so I'll say I don't need it and then in a few weeks of months get obsessed with it and then, of course, it's gone. I once called nearly every Anthropologie in the country for a scarf that had gone on sale. My husband suggested I try California because of the warm weather there, and sure enough they had one!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I've always shopped this way, but sometimes I don't even go back to see if the item is still there, but then I'm not happy that I didn't get anything or I obsess that I didn't get what I wanted, and then it's hard to find something that I like as much.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I try not to shop on impulse any more, never good. I usually wait on things for a solid week sometimes two to see if it goes down in price or seeing if I still need it that badly, most of the time I don't. Ha.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Always. I will obsess and pine over something, until I finally decide I can't live another moment without it. . .or at least until it goes on end of season clearence. :)
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