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Most of us are doing our best to spend less money, rather than more.
However, sometimes that can be really difficult –especially when we get an endorphin high when we’re shopping.
So, how can you trick your brain into spending less money?
Try these tips:
- Leave your credit cards at home.
Our minds equate credit cards with free money, and this makes them easy to use because we don’t feel the pain of spending like we do with cash.
- Take frequent breaks when shopping.
Especially take a break in the moments before you’re about to buy something. The endorphin rush will die down and allow you to think clearly.
- Don’t go shopping with your friends.
It’s easy to get caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses” when you’re shopping with friends and you’ll spend more.
- Look over special offers very closely.
Stores use special offers to get you to spend more money. So walk away for a few minutes before deciding to take advantage of what, at first glance, seems like a good deal.
Here are 4 more ways to trick your brain into spending less money.
How To Get Discount Deals The Easy Way
I do! In fact, in an effort to save money I always make it a point to look for discount deals anytime I go shopping and to clip coupons as well.
One possibility for discount deals that is often overlooked (usually due to fear) is asking for a discount.
The reason people get nervous when it comes to asking for a discount is because we are taught early on not to ask for what we want.
Many believe asking for what you want is presumptuous or rude.
I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to ask for what you want. In fact, sometimes the only way you can get discount deals are to ask for them!
Two times when it’s okay to ask for a discount are:
- When a product is damaged.
- When you see the same product at another store that is priced lower.
Other Ways To Spend Less When Shopping
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