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Save Your Shopping For the Weekend

Money Tip: Save Your Shopping For the Weekend

Shopping is an anytime sport for many of us, and playing the game during your lunch break seems like an efficient use of time. Not so fast. There are two factors that could cause you to spend more when squeezing in a trip to your favorite store: time and stress.

One hour isn't enough time to thoroughly shop, and it's easy to end up with more goodies than you wanted — the decision to take one of each instead of narrowing down your selection doesn't do your wallet very much good. And releasing the stress from your Monday morning meeting by swiping your credit card isn't a release at all when you realize that you've spent more than you can afford.

You could save shopping for after-work hours, but the same issues still exist. Save your shopping for the weekend when you have time to weigh spending decisions and aren't using shopping as an emotional outlet.


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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I do this anyways, well as far as weighing if I need it. Sort of a built in character flaw of mine...
MrsRachel MrsRachel 7 years
Weekend shopping can be quite hectic, but that's when I do most of my shopping. I do try to do some during the week, but I scour the add and my coupons before I go into the stores, and I stick to my list. That way I don't spend more just because I am in a rush.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I never have enough time to shop during lunch...I only get a 30 minute lunch break and I don't usually leave the hospital. I do pretty much all my shopping on the weekends and I work out during my lunch break.
star1atsea star1atsea 7 years
That's the worse idea yet. I would recommend that if you do decide that shopping is your therapy then substitute it for something else. Especially in this economy you've got to watch every penny. Why not do something health-promoting like booking a massage or a yoga class? You'll feel better for it and look better in the end.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
I would NEVER shop on weekends if I didn't have to. The madness and mayhem, having to budge past people for things, more time to wander around [and be tempted to spend more money]... It's easier if you have a prepared list of things that you need/want/are looking for - and list the coupons/price ranges, if you know or have them. That way, you save time and'll be so busy trying to get the things on the list you won't have time to stray much. The less time you give yourself to shop, the more restricted my choices are, I find. I don't shop during my lunch break, but I do limit myself to 1 or 2 hours. Sure, I'll buy something that I probably don't need...but at least I haven't given myself 3 - 4 hours in the mall to browse multiple stores and pick up TONS of things I don't need, none of which I came there for. Go shopping with a purpose.
GreenGrass GreenGrass 7 years
Who can shop on lunch break? I need sufficient time to hem and haw.
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