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5 tips to stop buying things you don't need

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

Buyer's remorse happens to even the savviest shopper. We have all purchased items we "needed" only to have the clothes hanging in our closet (with the tags still attached) months later. While the occasional shopping blunder is understandable -- hey, it's hard to resist a good sale -- repeat offenders should take a moment to figure out why they keep buying the wrong thing.

Review these five tips before your next shopping trip to keep your impulse buys in check.

1. Buy what you actually need.

This may seem obvious, but it can be tough to turn down items that strike our fancy. Have you ever found yourself swooning over a pair of heels, entranced by a blingy necklace, or in love with the scarf simply because of the pretty pattern? This can happen way too often, but, unfortunately, loving something just isn't reason enough to buy it. Make sure to edit as you shop so as not to take home things you truly don't need.

If you can't figure out how to practically work the item into your rotation of fashion essentials, or how to pair it with your current wardrobe (not the wardrobe you wish you had), leave that pretty little thing behind.

2. Shop for items that fit your lifestyle.


Special event purchases aside, the items we wear the most are those that fit into our lifestyle. Do you buy heels because you like them but don't really have an occasion to wear them?

Look at your day-to-day life realistically and make sure you are purchasing things that have a real use.

3. Keep your current wardrobe in mind.

It's important to think about your wardrobe before you buy. For example, accessories are the finishing touches that get added to make your wardrobe pop. However, if the accessories you're considering buying don't work with the clothing you already own, they're useless.


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