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Take a Hands-Off Approach to Spending Less

When you're trying to get your spending under control, any little trick can help break your habit of buying things you don't need. New research shows that you don't necessarily have to stay out of stores altogether, but you should be mindful of where you put your hands if you want to refrain from spending.

Researchers at Ohio State University found that you're willing to pay more for an item after touching it for only 30 seconds. Seems like it's best to follow a 10-second rule when fondling something you're fond of, and if you're someone who becomes attached easily, skip an unnecessary trip to the dressing room.

Do you think this means online shopping is a safer way to shop?


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aistea311 aistea311 8 years
my habit is if the line is too long at the store, and I get impatient waiting to pay for it, then I dont really need it. This year I have been deleting all my store emails and throwing away the coupons in the mail. Saving 100% is better then saving 10%.
Anne26 Anne26 8 years
I'm trying not to spend but I love online shopping.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
i find i spend WAY less while shopping online. for clothing i'll still go out to stores to buy, even though i never try anything on (NJ doesn't have sales tax on clothing, but most websites will still charge you the tax, regardless. you save a few bucks shopping in-store). i agree with everyone else who mentioned the shopping cart. i love that i can add items, and then mull them over for a few hours, just to resist the urge to impulse-buy. i find i often change my mind. especially after taking a peek at my checking account ;)
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I kindof agree with Spectra, I'm less likely to buy something I don't need when I can see it. That said, I do agree with the study because when I'm physically looking at something I'm thinking of buying, I can picture it where it would go in my house, or what outfit or shoes it would go with and I'll be more likely to buy it. I don't spend as much online, either, for the reasons people mentioned already, so when I feel like shopping but don't have money I'll just go to shoe websites and load up my shopping cart with things, then go check my email and eventually forget about it. I don't have accounts, so it won't save my shopping carts, and I don't get tempted to buy shoes online because I don't know if they fit.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Hmm, maybe. But for me, sometimes after I try something on that I thought I REALLY wanted, I realize it's not as great as I had previously thought and I usually just put it back on the rack.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Eh I find I'm still pretty frugal when I go shopping, I have pretty good self control.
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
Yes I love the shopping cart!! it makes me go out to other sites to see if I can find coupons codes for the site I'm purchasing from.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Jesska, I agree. Plus, I leave my items in the shopping cart while I'm doing something else for a couple of hours - when I come back I always remove some of items that seemed a must at the beginning thus saving money.
JesskaofSuburbia JesskaofSuburbia 8 years
You know what's safe about shopping online - THE SHOPPING CART. I'm terrible with math in general, but when I have a subtotal while I continue to browse online, I'm fully aware of the damage to be done to my credit card BEFORE my purchase. Whereas, when I shop in stores, the damage is done when the total is on the Check Out screen. By then, I'm just glad the new stuff is in my shopping bag!
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