This may make you feel better in the moment, but in the long run emotional spending can prevent you from paying bills or saving up for important purchases. Avoid emotional spending by acknowledging your spending triggers and the emotions that cause them. Ask yourself if this purchase is necessary. Let the initial rush of excitement pass, take some time to breathe, and then reconsider your purchase. If so, what purpose does it serve?
If it is a needed item like toothpaste or dish soap, you can buy it knowing that this purchase is not based on emotions. If the purchase is not necessary, consider why you want it. Think about your purchase for 24 hours before buying it. It is common to forget about the item all together after you think about it for awhile. If you still want the item the next day, buy it knowing that you thought it through.
Leave your credit card at home. It is easy to distance yourself from your money when you pay with a card, and your purchases can stack up quickly. Leave your card at home to reduce the temptation to make emotional purchases. Use cash instead of swiping your card. Seeing and holding the physical money in your hands will help you be more conscious of what you spend it on. Delete your credit card information from shopping websites.
It is easy to pull the trigger impulsively on a purchase when you don’t have to type in any information. Check in with an accountability friend before making each purchase. Ask a frugal close friend or family member if they’d be willing to help you decide when you should and shouldn’t make a purchase. Call them every time you’re about to buy something and let them decide if it’s a reasonable purchase or not. Before you run off to check out the latest sale, take a look in your closet and see what you already have. You may find that you wanted a new black dress, when in reality you already have three black dresses with tags still on them. This will help you differentiate between purchases you need or just want in the moment.