Tips to help you spend less while shopping

Tips to help you spend less while shopping

We all could do with more tips like this, especially during the festive season. 

Bank card with blurred cash inside wallet
Bank card with blurred cash inside wallet/Pexels/@Pixabay

Believe it or not, when you go shopping there are things that you can commit to doing so that you don't spend as much money. 

Participants in a study shared that not only do they prefer clean, crispy notes to old and dirty bills, but they were also more inclined to spend when they had old and dirty bills as opposed to new ones. 

Learning about this pushed us to read more about how our psychology can work in our favour in spending less.


Limiting the number of shops you visit can also assist in you spending less. 

"The more stores you visit, the more you'll buy. A lot of people tell themselves they're comparison-shopping, but that will often not happen." (MSN)

Sometimes it feels unnatural for you to leave a store without buying something. So, we tend to buy something that we didn't have on our list but find a purpose for. 

Making friends with the shop staff can also lead to you spending more money. How? Some people feel bad after chatting with sales staff and out of guilt make a purchase. 

Take a break. Before making an impulse purchase, take a break from shopping and consider the following: 

"Why am I here? How do I feel? Do I need this? What if I wait? How will I pay for it? Where will I put it?" Then, decide if you're really going to make the purchase." (MSN)

Check out more from East Coast Radio

Avoid shopping during peak times. There is this understanding that when you go out shopping with friends or family during busy shopping times, you tend to spend more out of pressure to keep up. 

This one sounds weird and simple but sucking on a mint when shopping can also assist you in spending less.  

"Retailers use a special strategy called scent marketing to trick shoppers into spending more money. Some popular scents include bergamot, vanilla, and white tea. Chomping on mint-flavoured candy or chewing gum can overwhelm the surrounding aromas, and help you avoid any impulsive buys." (MSN)

Carol podcasts
East Coast Radio

Follow us on social media: 


  1. Listen to East Coast Radio on the FM (frequency modulation) spectrum between 94 and 95 FM on your radio.
  2. Listen live to ECR by clicking here or download the ECR App (iOS/Android).
  3. Listen to East Coast Radio on the DStv audio bouquet, channel 836. 
  4. Switch to the audio bouquet on your Openview decoder and browse to channel 606
  5. Listen to us on Amazon Alexa

Image Courtesy of Pexels

Show's Stories