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5 Tips To Survive the Holidays WITHOUT Impulse Shopping

Impulsivity is a key symptoms of ADHD - it is no surprise that the holidays (especially Black Friday!) can be a serious stressor on adults with ADHD, and their wallets. But impulsive spending causes more hardships than a depleted bank account. Every "thing" we buy comes with tasks attached to it. You need to find a home for new items and add those items to your chore list. Buy a new outfit? You'll need to find space in your closet and dresser, as well as add it to that never ending pile of laundry that needs to be washed, dried, and put away. We need to be thinking "is this item worth the time it is going to take for me to own it?" but that question is not easily asked when you've got ADHD.

I know this struggle all too well. Before being diagnosed with ADHD and learning how to manage my symptoms, I felt like I was drowning under a pile of stuff and a never ending to-do-list. My house was beyond "cluttered", it was down right messy - and borderline difficult to live in. Dirty dishes overflowed the sinks. Laundry piled up past a point of laundry baskets being useful. Crap was all over the floor. And doom piles spilled into hallways, making them almost unpassable. Now thankfully my husband was a saint, and tried to stay on top of the chaos. But I just kept bringing home more crap. Sound familiar? Well lets figure out how to get through the holiday season together, with our budgets, to-do-lists, and sanity in one piece.

5 Simple Tips to Resist Impulse Buying

1. Do pick-ups as much as possible.

Whenever possible, do in store pickups or delivery. Most major retailers have this option and it can really help stop those last minute, impulse buys. Hop online, order what you need, and go about your business.

2. Make a list.

This one might be seemingly obvious, but it is one of the most important money saving hacks I can hand out. I make lists any time I'm walking into a store. Not only does this help derail impulse buys, it also helps to ensure I actually get what I came there for. *cough cough going into Target for milk, and walking out with the entire home décor section and NO milk*. Make lists for everything, birthdays, holidays, grocery shopping, and you will see the positive benefits quickly.

3. Use cash.

Using cash and leaving your card at home is a great way to limit your spending. If Black Friday shopping is your thing, or you just enjoy browsing, bring cash! You will have already pre-planned how spending that amount will effect your budget, and you can't surpass that amount like you can with a credit card.

4. Unsubscribe to retail emails

This is one of those things we hardly ever really think about. But how many times have we jumped into our favorite shopping app after receiving a notification or an email that one of the thousands of things that we have in our cart just went on sale? Ditch the notifications, ditch the emails, and your bank account will be happier for it.

5. Use a pre-designed "wish list".

When shopping for your family (especially kiddos) it can be easy to go overboard and not even realize it. 4 years ago I started using "wish lists". This list includes: something I want. Something I need. Something I wear. Something I read. and I only buy one thing from each category for each of my kids. This leads to much more intentional shopping, less impulse buying, and more thoughtful gifts for each of my tiny humans. Rather than the kids being so overwhelmed by a mountain of gifts that they can't truly enjoy anything, they get a few things intentionally picked out for them that I know they will enjoy.

You can grab my free Holiday Wish List by clicking on the image!

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