How to Stop Emotional Shopping Once and For All

It’s 5 p.m. on a Friday, and you have a date that you’re nervous for, or perhaps you just received some criticism on a work project that you slaved over. How to start the weekend off on a cheerier, more-confident foot? Well, shopping, of course—at least, that’s how we often salvage our mood.

But despite the temporary satisfaction a new purchase can deliver, it’s usually short-lived, as the real issues beneath our discomfort have been ignored in its place. Making matters worse is the fact that our bank accounts simply can’t cater to every passing bad mood or dip in confidence, and when we force them to it shows by limiting our funds for the really important stuff (daily baked beans on toast at 30 years old is not chic).

As fashion editors we’re certainly not immune to this phenomenon—after all, temptation is all around us—but we’ve picked up a few tricks over the years to help tackle the problem.

Scroll down to find out if you’re guilty of emotional shopping (and learn how to stop it once and for all)…

Scroll down to shop items worth saving up for instead…

How do you avoid emotional shopping? Let us know your tips in the comments!

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