Me .2 seconds after going out to eat for the 10th time in a week (my version of impulse buying) thankfully I’m starting to break out of it and make food at home
I always think fried chicken is going to hit the spot, and it never does.
This is literally me with $12.34 in my account and a week before payday. Even with all my attempts at simplifying, I still struggle with the shopping.
Why did I do it? Whyyyyy? I Could've just gone for the cheaper option!
I'm usually the other direction. Why did I cheap out! Buy once, cry once. The number of tools I've had to replace because I was too cheap the first time round.
Is that Anne Hathaway?
I came to the comments to see if anyone confirmed whether or not it was her.
When I feel the need to buy something I don't need , I put it in my brokerage account.
Then it gets invested so I spent money but I don't acquire more stuff.
I've gotten pretty good at intercepting that impulse. But I'm still not perfect. Got to return $80 in clothes I didn't need this weekend. As I'm typing this, don't let guilt stop you from fixing your mistake and returning your unnecessary purchase if possible. I've got a $200 leather jacket in my closet I've never worn because I was too guilty to return it.
Maybe you could sell it? Sure it won't be worth as much but if it's still sitting there and you never wear it, what difference does it make to you life other than maybe paying your phone bill?
Would that be serotonin? I thought impulse buys would be dopamine.
* stable happiness = serotonin —> friends, nice weather, good sleep schedule
* the high from something = dopamine —> drugs & gambling, impulse buys, added sugars
Sometimes I load up my cart, like hundreds of dollars to get the 'fix', then close the browser.
I do the same! Then I’ll go revisit and most of the time I realize I don’t even really like the items.
r/Anticonsumption might like this.
r/bipolar posting memes like this all the time they’ll get a laugh
Dip in dopamine is the likely culprit.
Didn't know that. Thank you
I’ve been by myself all spring break and only bought a small plant on sale at the grocery store! That’s pretty good, right?
Its not serotonin but dopamine
I have bipolar so I deal with this so often...
Someone else on here was saying that's what the character in the movie this Pic is from was experiencing
Okay, but this is a scene from Anne Hathaway playing a person with bipolar disorder. People who have a mental disorder that makes it almost impossible to ignore impulse purchases without proper medication. I’m sure this is what it looks like for most of us, but it was a portrayal of real life episodes people go through who cannot control it. You probably didn’t know this, so I don’t fault you. Just not all people go around impulse buying without any regard to it. Some people would love to simple-live.
My bipolar friend just spent all his savings and went into massive credit card debt for a sex worker during his most recent manic episode. He was IVC’d twice in the last 6 months. Bipolar disorder is one hell of a mental illness.
I literally have shit still sitting in boxes that “I just had to have” for years now.
Yeah but its another sailboat for only 200$ and it only needs a little work this time.
I talked myself out of it yesterday, but can I today?
This is the most relatable picture I've seen in a long time...
That’s how I look at my dick after spending 100$ on a camgirl.
I added up what i call my “random expenses”, and it’s over $1500 just for the first 3 months of this year. Gotta pull it back a little!!
I do a thing to deal with impulse spending. I take whatever money I think I can spend out in cash. I physically drive to wherever it is that has the thing I think I need so bad. I walk in and look at it and think to myself, "Will that really feel better than what's in my hand already?" The answer is always no. I'll go to three or four places and do it again. When it's over I don't give a damn about whatever it is that I thought would make me happy and I put the money back in the bank. I don't have to do it very often, less often all the time because I'm training myself to deal with reality. I feel better longer because I made wise decisions and I still have my money. Instead of some lame temporary gratification based on material gain I get the real thing.
I found that a decent way to curb impulse buying (sometimes) things I don't need is to invest all of my money into things I do need. For example if I'm about to run out of gas but can still go a couple of days without filling my gas tank and I'm craving some overpriced and unhealthy takeout I'll just fill up my tank and go without money until my next check.
One thing that helps for me is that I'm kind of obsessive about buying the best/best value version of something, especially online. So instead of "Oh that looks nice, don't mind if I do," it turns into an hour of comparing reviews for half a dozen similar products, comparing prices across sites. etc. It's so much work, I just don't want to deal with it.
Sometimes it makes me put off things I probably should buy as well, so double-edged sword I guess. My wife will get onto me about wearing an old thread-bare sweater with holes in the elbows, and I'm like, "Yeah, don't worry. I'll get a new one soon. It's on the list."
I get a dopamine hit from getting out of Walmart with only buying the things on my list. I feel like I won.
Dude. I went to Walmart today to return something and buy salt. I bought salt and a slice of cake. For me this is a big improvement. 😂
I am such a slave to steam promotions... I need to police myself
When I realized I never played 95% of the games on Steam, I decided it was time to stop buying games. In fact, I even have a few Switch games and didn't complete any yet. You need to realize you'll never play them and it's a waste of money.
Or make a list of games you know you will play and only buy those when on sale. Keep it short.
I mostly play the same games whenever I play.
“...I’m never going to make bread.”
Sometimes I’ll wait a month, juggling the need vs want, and typically the logical need comes through. But everyone once in a while, I mindfully exercise my wants, but not too often.
Saving up all the money I would spend on impulse buys for a camper van! Can’t wait, it’s going to be so worth it
i need to shut off my credit card that would be the reality check i need i think
whats the movie?
I went to ikea to look at window coverings a few days ago. I literally said over and over in my mind, “you don’t need that”. Decluttering helps, as seeing things leave the house, some never even used, is a huge motivation not to bring more stuff into the house unless I really, really need or want it and will use it immediately. I did get more tea candles for my prepping purposes, but that aligns with my values. For $3.99 I have things to use in emergency and freely share with others for a small price.
Can serotonin of impulse buys fall off, if your impulse buys are serotonin pills?
Maybe but I'm not quite sure that's a thing!
Also you'll eventually run out of pills
Does impulse buying books count? I still read it.
If you read the books then you’re making good use of them, so even if the purchase was impulsive, I think that’s nothing to worry about.
If you start buying books and not reading them, or only read a few pages before moving on to the next one, that’s when it becomes an issue.
I know that feeling. I'm put a sticker on my laptop screen that reads "Don't buy crap you don't need". Most my impulse purchases are online, so its been helping.
I like to impulse buy on steam because if I don’t like it or don’t use it I can refund as long as I didn’t play for more than 2 hours
I just bought a large milkshake to reward myself and I feel EXCELLENT so HAH
Damn I needed to see this
Breaking free of the work/spend/borrow cycle in order to live more fully, sustainably, and cooperatively.