A Better 2018: Make it Easier to Save Money

24 Apr

Instead of doing specific resolutions for 2018, I’m just trying to make each aspect of my life a little better.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

A Better 2018: Stop Hoarding the Good Stuff
A Better 2018: Unfollow the Hate Reads
A Better 2018: Make More Friend Plans

For this month, I’m going with: Make it Easier to Save Money

I feel like everyone always has a resolution to save money, right? We all want to stick to a budget and magically have 10k extra show up in our savings account… but we also like those little treats like $5 Starbuck’s drinks or $25 manicures. I’ve actually done really well at breaking my Starbucks habit, but I admit that when I get a ‘on sale now’ email… I click over to check it out.

I’m going to make it a little easier on myself by removing temptation – I’m going to unfollow and unsubscribe from everything that makes me want to spend money online.

Step 1: Unfollow
I’m going to unfollow those Instagram accounts that make me want to spend money. Whether it be Boden showing me their amazing new spring dresses or Rothy’s with their latest colors… I’m hitting unfollow so that I’m not tempted by stuff I really don’t need.

Step 2: Unsubscribe
I’m also going to hit “unsubscribe” for those store emails that tempt me. I did this about 6 months ago, but through various purchases somehow got re-signed up for a few stores. It’s fine if I’m LOOKING for an item or sale, but I don’t need to be reminded that Old Navy has everything 50% off a million times a month! (This does not apply to men’s suit stores, as I’m still looking for a great deal.)

Step 3: Move around my Apps
I mentioned before that having the Poshmark app on my phone is terrible for me (6 Tips for Buying on Poshmark), but I had to add it back to my phone to sell some more items. I find myself clicking on it when I’m bored and then I add things to my “like” list… before you know it, the seller has offered me a private discount and BOOM I buy something. Oops.

I can’t delete the app from my phone again because I need to know if I get offers on my items I’m selling, so I decided to move the app button to the third ‘swipe’ page, making it harder to access. By having to swipe further to find the app, I’m hoping it helps me break my habit of scrolling around in it when I’m bored.

Do you have any tips for removing buying temptation that you’d like to share?

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