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Making A List and checking it twice before going shopping, just like Santa

Impulse shoppers are big business and retailers like it a lot for their bottom line.

You the retail shopper often make your list of things to get called a "To Get List"

And likely you will be checking off the things on that list, right?

Oh it seemed like such a good idea at the time. But really, I go out shopping and am so overwhelmed with choices of things to get, that I find it impossible to recollect what I had on my "To Get List" and end up shopping more impulsively that I end up with a condition known to many as "Buyer's Remorse"

Making a list just won't cut it. You need at best a 2 column "Get list" or even a 3 column one for things you never even though of before!

Column One

Things To Get That I really Need

Column Two

Things I Might Get that I really don't Need

Column Three

All Things I got that I didn't even plan on

Column One is the most important Column!

Forget all those Items you didn't even plan on and concentrate on writing down the things you really need to GET.

Example A

Column One

Things To Get That I really Need

1. 2 cases of purified water in a 24 pack of 12 ounce bottles

2. Sunday Dallas Morning Newspaper

3. 2 gallons of whole milk

4. pack of ball point black medium point retractable pens by Bic or Paper Mate

5. Ankle socks black by Fruit of the Loom or Haines

6. ink jet paper, one full package of at least 500 sheets or more, 80 % brightness

7. Set of Screw drivers for my tools of the month

8. Raisin Brand by Post or Kelloggs cereal in a large box

9. Coffee creamer

10. Coffee

Column Two

Things I Might Get that I really don't Need

1. The latest copy of Wired magazine

2. A slice of New York style cheese cake from Tom Thumb deli-bakery

3. A large can of Planter's mixed nuts from Sam's Club

4. A 6 - Pack of Underwood Deviled Ham spread or Chicken spread

5. A loaf of Oat Nut bread and a loaf of Russian Rye bread, by Oroweat

6. Espresso coffee at Starbucks Medium size as a frappuccino with whipped cream on top or a hot salted caramel mocha cappuccino with extra foam.

7. The Sims 4 expansion pack

8. A pack of bicycle poker cards

9. A 5 quart Penzoil 10 w 30 SAE motor oil at Walmart

10. A Case of Shiner (OOps, that was a typo!)

Column Three

All Things I got that I didn't even plan on

1. A large package of Fritos corn chips

2. A calendar for 2017 - (an afterthought)

3. whatever I can get my hands on!

To summarize ...

The items on column one are top priority but some of the items from column two are actually also important such as the 10w30 Penzoil 5 quart container, because it is always needed for car maintenance.

When you get home, check the items you bought on your 3 columns and if either column two or column three are greater than those on your column one, you have been IMPUSLIVE SHOPPING!

If, however, you manage to just get what you have on your first column then you are being a thoughtful and careful shopper. The best advantage of doing this is, if you spend less money by only making purchases of the most needed items on your "To Get List" , chances are you will be so happy with yourself because you will have more money left over to perhaps GET SOME OF THOSE IMPULSE ITEMS and not suffer from BUYER'S REMORSE.

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MegL wrote on December 24, 2016, 11:55 AM

Yes, I know about buyer's remorse - regret and guilt as soon as it is bought! LOL. We see that on our online shop. People buy and then immediately click on PayPal to say it was fraudulent!!!!

lookatdesktop wrote on December 24, 2016, 1:19 PM

That sounds just terrible. They call their own purchases fraudulent to get it for free? Is that what you are saying?