Picture this: You’re standing on the grocery store checkout line and you feel a sudden desire to toss the new issue of People
or that pack of citrus-berry gum in your cart. But when it comes to impulse purchases, it’s best to resist that urge to splurge, say our experts.
“Supermarkets and retailers strategically place items at checkout to capitalize on patrons' impulse behavior,” says Kendal Perez, bargain expert and blogger for HassleFreeSavings.com. “Candy, sodas and magazines are the main staples at grocery stores, but my local TJMaxx now places things like socks, stationery and dog treats near cashier stations to encourage additional shopping.”
To avoid buying things on a whim that you really don’t need, always shop with a list and stick to it, suggests Andrea Woroch, a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc., a network of websites intended to help consumers save money while shopping online.
Of course, if you don’t mind spending a little bit each week on items that cost just a few dollars, at least try to avoid making bigger impulse purchases that can really add up.
Jennifer Lazarus of Lazarus Financial Planning in Durham, N.C., suggests taking time to think the purchase over to make sure you really want and need it.
“Sleep on it for a week, then come back to purchase it if you still feel strongly about it,” she says.
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