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Sneaky Ways To Avoid Shopping Too Much

Keep your wallet and sanity intact.

Shopping is fun, but when you're faced with a scary credit card bill, a soon-to-be emptied bank account, or an overstuffed cabinet of clothes, you know you've got a problem. Aside from old-school practices like setting a budget and self-control, here's how you can avoid overspending and making all those impulsive purchases.

Never shop when you’re hungry.

In a study conducted by behavorial scientists, it was observed that hunger instigates purchase. People are more likely to spend to satisfy their empty stomachs. Our tip: Before scouring the racks, grab a bite to prevent impulsive purchases.

Wear clothes and footwear that are hard to remove.

If you're wearing super skinny jeans, you'll need more than a little elbow grease to take them off.  Hopefully, this'll be enough to dissuade you from trying something on. The same principle applies to sneakers or boots. Do you really want to un-lace your shoes and remove your socks just for a pretty pair of sandals? So. Much. Effort.

Shop with your boyfriend.

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While your man is probably willing to carry your shopping bags for you, going to the mall with him means you're more likely to do things you'll both enjoy. That means less time thinking about taking home a random tank top and one item less on your credit card bill.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.