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Shopping is a fact of life. The kids need new clothes for school or you need a new outfit for a friend’s wedding. It’s easy to go overboard when faced with numerous options and stores. If you’re armed with a plan, shopping can be less damaging to your budget.

Here are a few helpful ways to save while indulging in a little retail therapy.

Trick yourself into spending less by using large bills: It’s easy to break a $10 or $20 dollar bill. It’s rare that you’ll see a crisp, clean $50 bill in my wallet. If you do, you better believe that I’m going to hold onto it as long as possible.

Shop Alone: If you’re with friends, you’re bound to waltz into a few more stores than shopping solo. The more stores you visit, the greater the temptation to purchase.

Shop when you have a limited amount of time: Not only are you setting a time limit on the damage you can do, but you may not have time to think about your purchase – therefore walking away from it.

Ask yourself a few questions before buying: “Can I live without it?” “Do I need this?” If you already have three pairs of black heels in your closet, do you really need a fourth pair?

How do you curb your impulse buying?

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