5 Tips For Resisting Impulse ShoppingI just finished re-reading Paco Underhill’s fascinating book, Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping. (Note: the book has been updated, but I read the first edition, so that’s what I’m discussing here.) Underhill invented the “science of shopping,” and he details many ways that retailers can create environments that encourage people to buy.

As I read, I realized that much of his advice could be flipped on its head, to help people resist buying. So often, we operate on habit and impulse; by recognizing the subtle factors that promote shopping, we can turn that information to our advantage, if we’re trying to shop wisely.

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  1. If you go through the grocery store backwards (fruit and veggies last) you will buy less. Tried and it works. They put the fruit and veggies first to inspire you to buy more fresh food!

  2. I really got a kick out of tip 3. I’ll have to show this to my wife.

  3. yes, only bring cash and a limited amount. only spend that amount.
    or, if you are are going to a mall and you know you will be tempted by sales , bring a friend who will hold you accountable. or better yet ,hold yourself accountable and only allow yourself say 3 stores to look at

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