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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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