My kids are on summer break and my daughter keeps asking what can we do. Can we go bowling? Can we go to the mall? Can we do something productive? Then she made a comment about opening up the Amazon app and just cruise around. I told her that’s not a good idea. That’s exactly window shopping but virtual. You’re just looking for things to pass time which can entice you to spend money. Dare to window shop?
Window shopping can lead to impulse buying. Impulse buying can lead to buying things you don’t need but just want. The last thing you want to do is browsing to kill time because that will kill your wallet. It happens to all of us. I get sucked into time killing especially when I’m at Costco. Have you ever been at Costco waiting for a tire rotation or getting new tires installed? You have like two hours to kill. What are you going to do? Just walk around the store and check out the new merchandise.
I told my daughter to try to avoid window shopping as much as possible. With access to apps and being online all the time, it’s even more accessible and more luring to impulse buy. You no longer have to go to the store and peak through the window. It’s as easy as scrolling through your phone.
Impulse buying happens to all of us…thinking we might need something or that would be a great addition or even say it was a great deal. I’m not saying that window shopping is a bad thing. I’m saying that window shopping can trigger your spending interests when you really don’t need to. If you have a high tolerance and are very disciplined, that’s great. But many of us aren’t, so don’t dare to window shop. If you are interested in following my journey, email subscribe to get alerts of latest posts or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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