I have an impulse control problem… Or maybe it is a blind-to-reality problem… Which ever is the best way to classify it, it always occurs when I enter either Sephora or Ulta.
Why would entering these stores make me blind to reality? This is too easy to explain. Before I walk in I know my budget… The status of my bills… The balance in my bank account… All this information just tells me that I don’t have the luxury to walk into a store and buy what ever I want. I need to be selective and money-conscious.
Then I walk through the doors…
Then I forget what a budget is… I forget what moderation means…
My eyes sparkle as I see all the latest and greatest products that are available. Now, I’m not a girly girl. I’m not a makeup pro and I don’t check the mirror 20 times a day. I do, however, like new products, “playing” with make up, and the feminine feel that I get from beauty products. It is a bit of a rush.
With house hunting I haven’t been able to splurge at these stores as I would have before. I can’t avoid these stores altogether, either. (I buy my Shampoo/Conditioner at Ulta… Some make up at Sephora…) But as soon as I walk in the door, all common sense and impulse control is GONE.
I had to think of a way to be able to walk into these stores, buy the one or two things I needed, and walk OUT without making any impulsive/unplanned purchases.
INSERT – Fiance
I made a trip to Ulta with my fiance and before walking in I told him I only needed to buy shampoo and conditioner. I was in and out of Ulta within 10 minutes. It was unheard of. It was unprecedented.
Don’t get me wrong… I was getting distracted! You have to walk THROUGH the store to get to where my shampoo and conditioner are placed. The nail polishes… The makeup… It all grabbed at my attention. My fiance, on the other hand, kept me on point! He made sure I went straight to what I needed and then straight to the register. Honestly, I laughed. I felt as if I were an animal being corralled.
So are you trying to save money when you go to Sephora or Ulta? Do you get home, look at your purchases, and immediately have I-Spent-Too-Much-Money regret? Here is my recommendation to save money…
Take someone with you to the store who would DESPISE being in that kind of store! It doesn’t have to be a significant other… It can be a friend, family member, co-worker, ANY ONE! Just so long as that person would want to leave that store as soon as they walked in!
This technique WORKS. I have saved TONS of money. My bank account loves me for it. My fiance loves me for it.