Intentional shopping is the act of being mindful and purposeful with your spending. It’s about making choices that reflect your values and needs instead of letting emotions or outside influences dictate what you buy.
Shopping intentionally also means taking your time and being fully present. Instead of rushing through life and making impulsive decisions, you’re slowing down and taking the time to think about what you need and why you need it.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SHOPPING INTENTIONALLY?
You might ask yourself, “Why should you make an effort to be more intentional with shopping?”
Check out these five reasons to become an intentional buyer. Which one appeals to you the most?
1. SAVE MONEY
Intentional shopping can help you save money and feel more financially secure. When you take the time to think about your purchases, you’re less likely to engage in emotional buying or overspend on items you don’t need.
Think about the last thing you purchased; how much did it cost? Now think about how you paid for that product or service – how many hours did you have to work to earn money to pay for it?
Was it worth it?
Remember, the goal here isn’t to make you feel guilty about spending money because that in and of itself is not bad. Instead, it’s to encourage you to think about your money in a new way to help you spend less and save more money.
2. CONSERVE TIME AND ENERGY
Speaking of which, it is a fact that as we move through life, we expend time and energy doing so. Just as it is important to be mindful of the physical resources we use daily, it is essential to be aware of how we use our time and energy.
When you stop and think about it, you notice how much goes into the deceptively simple act of swiping your credit card to buy.
Buying can involve:
- physical work to earn money needed to buy.
- research that goes into finding products, comparing them, and hunting for coupons or ways to save money.
- travel time spent driving to purchase or screen time looking to buy online.
- upkeep, maintenance, and storage activities.
- and more…
3. LESS CLUTTER
Studies show that excess clutter in a home can cause anxiety, making you feel stressed out and overwhelmed in a place that should be your oasis.
Given that the average American home has more than 300,000 items in it, is it any wonder that reports are pouring in that 84% of Americans worry their homes aren’t organized enough, and 55% say it’s a significant factor in their daily stress?
One of the biggest benefits of being mindful about your purchases is that it can help to reduce the amount of clutter in your home and life. Not only does this make it easier to keep your living spaces tidy, but it can also improve feelings of contentment, happiness, and life satisfaction.
4. REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Another great reason to be an intentional shopper is that it can help reduce your environmental impact. We wear clothes 36% fewer times than we did 15 years ago, and the average person in the US throws away around 81 pounds of clothes each year, of which only 13.6% are ever recycled.
And it’s not just textile waste, but many household products, from food to cleaning to beauty products, come with packaging that’s difficult or impossible to recycle.
When you take the time to consider your purchases and whether or not you need them, you can avoid becoming a bigger part of this problem.
5. BE HAPPIER
The moment you decide to step out of the hamster wheel of mindless consumerism is the moment you become free.
Free to focus on what actually brings you joy, rather than what society tells you should own or do to be happy.
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