Super Useful Tips to Overcome Excessive Shopping When Living Overseas

This blog post goes to one of my good friends who’s now slowly overcoming his excessive shopping habits. You know who you are, I just want to say I’m proud of you *mwah

In photo is Königstraße, one of Stuttgart’s longest shopping districts. Those stores are beautiful, right?

I don’t know, but sometimes, I believe that stores abroad really look nicer and somewhat more inviting! Also, in my short stay here in Germany, roughly four months, I still couldn’t get over the fact that Euros are real money, LOL. On this note, I totally understand why many people tend to over-shop when they live overseas.

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Luckily for me, I believe I no longer have problems on excessive shopping or spending as I’ve practiced frugality and saving in the last couple of years.

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Not many people know though, I once had problems in this department too!

Someone even called me “shopping alcoholic” once, HAHA. That was supposed to be ‘shopaholic’ but he pronounced it wrong.

Anyway, if I and the friend I mentioned on the opening sentence have overcome it, then you can too!

Avoid Excessive Shopping with These Tips


Practice delayed gratification

Our generation has been tagged ‘spoiled’ or ‘entitled’ because we want everything instantly: instant food, instant messages, instant answers to all our questions through Google, and a lot more. Buying things is also made too convenient because of online shopping where one can pay instantly without leaving the bed, or when inside a shop, one can just swipe the card and the purchase is made instantly.

Delayed gratification is the exact opposite of instant gratification (discussed above). It is the process of resisting temptation and not readily jumping on impulse for any purchase.

This practice has been really helpful for me in my journey towards managing my finances. I do not buy anything right away without comparing the price to other stores or sometimes, if the price is too high, like a gadget or camera accessory for example, I wait (I delay my gratification) for weeks or months for special discounts. There are also instances that I lose enthusiasm on the item after waiting for weeks, and then I realize: yes I don’t actually need it, and in that way, I save money.

I’ve also read once about the 72-hour delayed gratification rule where people wait 72 hours after seeing an item for the first time before coming up with the decision whether to buy it or not. If after this time, they still badly want the item, then they buy it, if not, then they save cash.

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Think: ‘Am I going to die if I don’t buy it?’

I haven’t read this anywhere: this is actually my personal practice when I see something in the mall or online that’s appealing to me but not to my wallet. I then look at the item closely, then into the price tag next, and then pop the magical question:

‘Am I going to die if I don’t buy this?’

If I answered no, which happens most of the time, I walk away.


P.S. No, it wasn’t so easy at first, but I slowly got used to it as time passed.

Try The Mountain Test

I learned about this through content creator Nas Daily, and it syncs well with this topic. His method is a bit extreme though but undoubtedly effective.

Watch the video here:

NEVER SHOP without a list and a budget

You can forget all the other tips but never leave this page without remembering this one. Having a list either on paper or on your phone will keep you focused and will minimize the risk of excessive shopping.

Having a budget doesn’t mean that you’ll starve or deprive yourself. If you have a budget for shopping, for example 100 € a month, and you spend on things within this amount, then that’s no problem. If, however, you’ve maxed out this month’s 100€ and would want to buy something else, then better wait for the next month so your overall budget wouldn’t be ruined.

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Final Words

Last tip: know why you are avoiding excessive shopping. I believe this is very important as all the above tips wouldn’t make sense without you knowing the purpose of why you are actually saving. For me, I have this dream of one day not having to work as hard as I do now and still have the money to support my needs. And that’s why I manage my money well.

How about you, what’s your reason for avoiding excessive shopping?

Share them below!