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What Is the 30 Day Rule (Stop Impulse Buying with This Simple Trick)?

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What Is the 30 Day Rule (Stop Impulse Buying with This Simple Trick)?
What is the 30 Day Rule? If you waste money on imulse buys you need to read this right now. Rein in your spending and start saving today!

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The 30-Day Rule

The 30-Day Rule

One can develop healthy spending habits and avoid wasting money by using the simple 30-day rule: Whenever there is an urge to spend on something, just wait for 30 days.

One can buy whatever is required while making sure that the basics of personal financial management (budgeting and doing savings) are covered. The trick is to just wait for a month and then make an assessment of the planned purchase.

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The Emotional Component of A Purchase

  • Marketers capitalize on the emotional component of any purchase while working hard towards ensuring consumers make ‘impulse’ purchases both online and offline.
  • Many people purchase due to their need for emotional fulfilment, indulging in shopping therapy and incurring credit card debt.
  • This leads to random, unused stuff lying in the house, which is not really needed.

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When Everything Is On Sale

Most stores use the ‘SALE’ marketing gimmick (both online and offline) so that we can splurge our money now, instead of waiting.

The system is gamed for us to spend our money wherever we go. We need to stop wondering where our money went and start telling it where to go.

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Reasoning For The 30-Day Rule

Waiting a month distances us from the planned purchase emotionally, filtering out any impulsive decisions.

Waiting for 30 days before making any purchase makes us use our discipline, foresight, planning and restraint, and would feel exactly like curbing our urge to eat junk food, which tastes great at that moment but is not a healthy option for your body in the long run.

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Steps For Implementing The 30-Day Rule

  1. Review your spending, taking an inventory of all your purchases. This provides a better understanding of where the money goes.
  2. Start to look at what all spending can be curbed (it will be a lot) and one can start small, like by not buying the candy at the grocery store while waiting in line, or not ordering pizza.
  3. After curbing junk food purchases, one can work towards clothes, shoes, video games, and the biggest culprit of them all: The Urge to upgrade your smartphone.
  4. Write down the item you feel like buying and place it where you can reflect on the purchase, setting yourself a goal of waiting 30 days.
  5. Stay committed and challenge yourself to buy debt-free whenever you can, after you wait 30 days.

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