Friends, many people consider impulse shopping as an impromptu purchase of a pack of gum or a candy bar. That is why the checkout aisles have gum, candy, magazines, Chap Stick and more. This is the last half ditch effort on the part of retailers to get you to spend your money.

Actually, that is not the only category impulse buying falls into. You should have a grocery list when you enter the store. Any purchase that is not on the list is an impulse purchase. This can be a real budget buster. Small incidental purchases can add up to a lot of money over the course of a year. I call it mindless spending.

Friends, many people consider impulse shopping as an impromptu purchase of a pack of gum or a candy bar. That is why the checkout aisles have gum, candy, magazines, Chap Stick and more. This is the last half ditch effort on the part of retailers to get you to spend your money.

Actually, that is not the only category impulse buying falls into. You should have a grocery list when you enter the store. Any purchase that is not on the list is an impulse purchase. This can be a real budget buster. Small incidental purchases can add up to a lot of money over the course of a year. I call it mindless spending.

The next time you pick something up that is not on your list write it down in a notebook. That way you can track your impulse buying over the course of time. This will enable you to see where all your hard earned money is going. The next time you enter a store of any kind ask yourself it you really need it or is it an impulse purchase. Remember that money not spent is money saved. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady