In an age where you can literally buy something with a touch of a button, it can lead to some poor buying choices. If shopping is your go-to for any mood you find yourself in, (especially boredom), like it was for me once upon a time. And still is very rarely because hey, I’m not perfect. You might find yourself with a house full of items that you didn’t need, you were not expecting to buy, or you don’t use.
To help curb this there are some questions you can ask yourself honestly, (the keyword here is honestly) to see if the item will enrich your life or at the very least be useful to you in some way.
4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Purchase
1. Do I NEED This Item?
It can be easy to confuse wants and needs. And while there is nothing wrong with wanting something and buying that want, if you are trying to save money it is usually better to buy your needs first.
2. Will I Use This Item in a Month?
How often do you buy an item that you had to have, you used for a while and it ends up stuck somewhere collecting dust? This has happened to me. Essentially this question is asking if you will keep using this item or if you’ll forget about it in a month. This is a question where honesty is crucial. There is no point in buying something that you will not use, no matter how much you want it.
3. Can I Find it Cheaper Online?
This question might not be useful if you are shopping online already, but it might be wise to check to see if the item can be found on a different site for cheaper. If you are shopping in a store, you should first check to see if the item is offered for a better deal online. This will 1) potentially save you money and 2) it will give you more time to decide if you actually want to purchase the item or not.
4. If I Buy This, What Will I Have to Give Up to Have it?
This question is simple, but profound and thought-provoking.
If you have any hesitation or doubts about the item you’re considering buying, it’s best to put it back and not purchase it. When in doubt, don’t. (This can apply to so many situations. And has saved me from making some major mistakes.)
As you are thinking about your purchases, your thought process should be “what purpose does this item have and how will I use it.” One last question to ponder, how will your purchases affect your lifestyle, your bills, and the other purchases you want to make?