7 Shopping Habits to Ditch by Age 30

We’re all guilty of making a ridiculously out-of-budget purchase or shopping a little too often for thrifty thrills, but as we’re all getting older, we figure we might as well work on getting a little wiser, too. In this spirit, we went ahead and rounded up the common shopping patterns that might be holding you back.

Scroll down to see if you’re guilty of any, and to check out our solutions.

Bad shopping habit #1:

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Newsflash: You may tell yourself you’re going to eat ramen for the next month to afford that purse, but that won’t happen. It’s just plain delusional—trust us, we’ve tried enough times to know. Here’s our guide to what you should be spending on clothes.

Instead, find smart ways to stay on budget, like shopping discount sites such as The Outnet.

T By Alexander Wang Leather Mini Skirt ($775 $349) in Black

Bad shopping habit #2:

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Baard Lunde for L'Officiel Paris

Here’s what happens when you continually replenish your closet solely from stores like Zara, Topshop, and H&M: You’ll be pleased with the new additions for a month or two, but then have to start shopping all over again once the trendy items don’t feel quite so current.

Everlane The Swing Trench ($138) in Sage

Bad shopping habit #3:

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Baard Lunde for L'Officiel Paris

Here’s our guide to the items that should be weeded out of your closet by age 30.

Nicholas Crossover Hem Pencil Skirt ($395) in White

Bad shopping habit #4:

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Baard Lunde for L'Officiel Paris

You likely have a packed social calendar, and if you use every invitation as an excuse to go shopping, you might soon have an empty bank account and a closet full of worn-once dresses.

Instead, shop your closet or try a rental service like Rent The Runway.

No. 21 Its Sheer Dress ($98) in Black

Bad shopping habit #5:

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Baard Lunde for L'Officiel Paris

If you buy something you kind of like with the mentality of “I can always return it,” you really shouldn’t buy it at all.

Instead, purchase only pieces you’ll love long-term, like this bag:

meli melo Medium Thela Bag ($813) in Black

Bad shopping habit #6:

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Baard Lunde for L'Officiel Paris

Be wary of any purchase that comes with this thought: “Sure, it’s a little tight, but this will motivate me to get in shape.”

Instead, make sure you buy items that work perfectly for your body, and when in doubt, buy items with stretch.

Frame Denim Le Garcon Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($210) in Black

Bad shopping habit #7:

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Baard Lunde for L'Officiel Paris

We hate to break it to you, but that invitation for that black-tie gala might never arrive, so maybe pass on that gorgeous beaded gown.

Instead, buy items only when you have a place in mind to wear them, like this jacket for work.

Elizabeth and James Iris Boyfriend Stripe Jacket ($595) in Navy

Do you have any bad shopping habits? What about good ones? Let us know in the comments below!