Emotional Control to Prevent Splurging
If stress builds up, it is easy to splurge, but if you acknowledge it, it needs attention.
There seems to be several psychological analyses on ‘shopaholics.’
Of course, shopaholics often purchase objects that are not essential, and they usually end up putting them away inside drawers anyway. At the time of “splurging” (wasting money), what kinds of emotions could people be experiencing? And how should they deal with it?
Is it possible to control splurging?
Everyone understands that splurging will only cause financial or emotional damage, but it is hard to resist the feeling that you are missing out on something if you don’t buy it. To try to control splurging, and stop and think before buying. Ask yourself if you really need the item and if you will use it. If not, do not buy it.
Splurging is not the method one should take. It is just a matter of controlling one’s emotions at the time of splurging that is very difficult.
The first step to implement splurge control
With that said, one cannot maintain an enjoyable lifestyle by not controlling splurging. So what can be done to control the urge to splurge?
- ) Build defensive walls until the splurge is carried out
The initial advice is to build defensive walls until the splurge is carried out. IF you cannot get through the day without spending excessive amounts, do not keep the following three things in your wallet: spare cash, cash cards, and credit cards. For people who own debit cards, even those are highly dangerous. It is important to fight against the temptation that says, “I need it.”
Capital is necessary for splurging. Even without cash, if you have a cash card or a credit card, you can temporarily wipe out your wallet. Of course, you is only postponing debt by using credit cards, and it is actually a very dangerous move.
- ) Indulge in a little “luxury”
The other countermeasure is paradoxical. If you splurge on “luxury” items every now and again, it is not as bad as splurging all the time. For example, buy meat at a high-grade supermarket instead of an ordinary bargain supermarket, or buy craft beer instead of low-malt beer once in a while. Although this behavior itself will by no means strongly hurt the household finances, in one’s heart, the thought that you have indulged in a little luxury will remain.
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