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5 Ways to Prevent Buyer’s Remorse & Become a Savvy Shopper

5 Ways to Prevent Buyer’s Remorse & Become a Savvy Shopper

We have all known that sinking feeling as we are purchasing something. You can already sense the regret kicking in. The shop teller looks at whatever mistake you’ve made – a heavy lunch, jeans that are too small, a shirt that reads “I love Darwin!” – and smiles.

They know it’s wrong and so do you, yet the transaction continues. If it’s any consolation, you’re not alone. A new study, the “Decision Drivers Report” by Choosi, has found that nearly 1 in 3 Australians have experienced buyer’s remorse. To make matters worse, the same study discovered that 90 per cent of Aussies find making decisions difficult these days, due to more choice and less time. So how can you navigate this never ending maze without making some seriously costly mistakes?

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Read on for the top 5 ways to avoid buyer’s remorse while becoming a smart shopper.

Pick Your Moment and Plan Ahead

The study found that nearly half of Australians are likely to regret their purchase when shopping with emotion. So if you’ve had a tough day at work or are going through a brutal break up, don’t treat yourself with a trip to the shops. The best way to beat emotion is by writing a list – guaranteed to result in practical purchases only. The same goes for spontaneous shopping. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Buyer’s remorse and impulsive shopping go hand-in-hand. In fact, one in three Australians are more likely to make an impulsive decision when hungry. So instead of shopping while starving, eat first or take snacks with you. It’ll save you money in the long run.

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Hold Back on Holiday

Sure that floral print suit may seem like a great idea when you’re living it up in Hawaii, but when you get home, you’ll realise what a horrible mistake you’ve made. The Choosi study found that half of Australians are less rational and more reckless with their hard earned cash when they’re on holidays. Instead of buying up big because you’re away, try to set a daily dollar amount. That way you’ll maintain a sense of control, while still allowing yourself to get a little crazy.

Don’t let the Guilt Get to You

Every parent knows the pain and suffering that comes with spoiling their kids. At first it seems like a good idea, a simple way of showing affection. But once the standard is set, you can’t walk past a shop without hearing the soundtrack to their desire. “But Mum/Dad, I want it, I need it.” Research supports that feeling, with data revealing Australian parents are less cautious with their spending when spoiling their children. Don’t let the guilt get to you, instead opt for the delay and distract tactic. It’s also worth pointing out to your little ones all the different ways you spoil them already!

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Cooling Off Period

Even if a particular purchase seems like a good idea at the time, chances are you won’t end up using it. It’s all in the evidence, with the research proving that 70% of Aussies have bought things they’ve never used. This is even easier to do in the internet age, with 1 in 5 people admitting they tend to throw logic out window when shopping online. Commit to a cooling off period on any purchase that isn’t completely necessary. This way you can take a week to see how you feel about the transaction before totally jumping in. Statistics prove that you may change your mind (and save a little money), if you pause before purchasing.

Phone a Friend

Speaking of online, it doesn’t pay to just go digital when making big decisions. Australians still value actual advice from friends or family, as opposed to researching online. And yet we’re increasingly making major purchases – insurance, cars, homes – without seeking the support of our nearest and dearest. While the online world is full of wonderful comparisons, advice and opportunity, never underestimate the benefit of a good old fashioned chit chat.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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