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4 easy ways to shop consciously

Trying to shop and consume more consciously i our capitalist world, isn't exactly a piece of cake, as you are constantly harassed by advertising everywhere you go. But in this article i wanted to share with you a few easy ways to shop and consume more consciously, by simply following a few guidelines

Trying to shop consciously in our capitalist world, isn’t exactly a piece of cake to be honest. Advertising is basically harassing you everywhere you go. And it’s really hard to resist to the temptation all of the time. Some days when i feel a bit down or sad, i can be easily attracted by a sale or a promotion. So to prevent me from making bad choices and have regrets, i created myself a few rules to follow regarding shopping.  Trust me i was a bit sceptical at first but it worked out great for me so far! I left a few stores empty handed after an hour or more of “shopping” and i felt extremely proud!

1. PLAN YOUR PURCHASE

Keeping a wishlist of the things you need/want to buy helps you have more control over your budget. It also helps avoid impulse purchase (especially for me!). Make sure to update your wishlist if you buy anything that is on it and try to keep it with you at all times (i keep mine on my phone). That way you can always check it out if you happen to stop by a thrift store for example and find something you like.

2. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO THINK

Whenever you find yourself having a “crush” on something, make it a rule to never buy it on the spot. Give yourself a few days to think about that purchase. Ask yourself if you need it or want it, if it fits your budget and how it’s going to fit into your life, wardrobe or home. If you find yourself not even thinking about that item after two days it’s probably not a good piece for you. But if you easily answer all these questions and you are still thinking about this item, then go for it!

3. DON’T BUY WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

I know it can seem pretty obvious. But then look around and think about how many items you have in your home that basically serve the same purpose. Trust me, you’ll find some that you didn’t even thought of! For me it would be mostly home stuff like blankets, mugs, glasses and teas. Having 2 or 3 blankets in case you have people over is always a good thing, but 6 or 7? There’s a high chance that you’ll never used them all at once anyway!

4. FIX WHAT CAN BE FIXED

An important part of trying to shop consciously, is to buy things only if you really have to. In that regard, you should always try to fix it what’s broken before throwing it away and buying something new. Or maybe pay someone if you’re not able to do it yourself. When our washing machine broke last fall, we first tried to fix it ourselves and failed. But then we made the mistake to not call a professional and we bought a new machine. Today i know i would definitely pay someone to come and see if my machine can be fixed, rather than purchasing a brand new one.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Hannah

    I feel so guilty reading this post, haha. This was a good reminder for myself to start downgrading!

    Hannah | hc.

    January 24, 2018 at 22:22
  • Reply Girl & Closet

    Such good advice! And you know me, I’m always shopping my closet and only buying what I need, or if something needs to be replaced. I’m also trying to buy higher quality items with the intention they’ll last longer. Hope you’re having a fabulous week, sweets!! xo

    http://www.girlandcloset.com

    January 25, 2018 at 17:30
    • Reply Melodie

      I do know that about you lovey! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a fabulous end of the week! 😉

      January 25, 2018 at 19:15
  • Reply Chamoise

    Encore un article très intéressant qui montre combien on nous pousse toujours et encore à acheter acheter alors que l’on n’a pas besoin d’avoir de la vaisselle+++++++++ du linge de lit++++++++++ et des vêtements ++++++++++ idem pour toutes les nouveautés..Et quand on estime le moral des Français meilleur au fait qu’ils aient plus consommer!!!cela me fait bien rire car je pense que c’est l’inverse,ils ont plus acheté parce que pas trouvé en eux la paix et donc achat=on compense une tristesse,une peur,un mal être…
    Avoir peu évite bien des complications,des choix,du ménage+++ etc…et permet d’aller à l’essentiel et avec plus de qualité que de quantité…
    Merci du partage…
    Bisous soirée nuit ma Mélodie

    January 25, 2018 at 18:45
    • Reply Melodie

      C’est ça tu as 100% raison! De plus plein d’études internationales montrent qu’en réalité plus tu as de possessions matérielle moins tu es foncièrement heureux car constamment stressé de pouvoir maintenir ton train de vie et continuer à acheter acheter acheter…

      January 25, 2018 at 19:13
  • Reply Wiki

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

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    Keep up the good work on your blog.

    Regards
    Wiki

    January 26, 2018 at 14:42
  • Reply Nimue

    Such good words of advice! I’m on the path towards shopping consciously myself and I agree that resisting the constant temptations can be very difficult! I put myself on a shopping detox last year (which went with ups and downs, but still toght me valuable lessons) and it really helped me getting a perspective on what I really need and what I don’t, which also promted me to write that down and to stick to the list when I’m shopping. It’s such a great guideline!

    Blogging for the lazy yet conscious at #Idle

    February 3, 2018 at 11:45
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