The self-confessed shopaholic shares his “genius” tip to stop impulse buying and save some cash

Alexandra Hourigan describes herself as a shopper, but she’s come up with the perfect trick to stop buying more things she doesn’t need — and it might help you, too

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The woman said her hack prevented her from making impulse purchases (stock photo)

A woman who describes herself as a “shopping addict” came up with this perfect way to steer clear of impulse purchases she doesn’t really need – and save money in the process.

Alexandra Hourigan shared this save money Tip on her podcast 2 Broke Chicks, where she explained that every time she picks up something in a store or looks at something online, she has a conversation with herself about how much it costs.

The woman said she is considering the possibility of someone offering her the amount of money she intends to spend and if she would rather take the money than buy the item then she knows she doesn’t really need it.

Alexandra, who is from Australia, said in the podcast clip: “For example, if you see an iPhone case that you really want and that iPhone case is $25, I’ll turn to you and say, ‘Ok , you can both take the phone case or I’ll give you $25 in cash.

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“If you’re like, ‘Actually, I really need a new phone case, mine looks tired’, then you know you need to buy it – you know you really need it.

“On the other hand, if you say, ‘You know what? $25 – that’s maybe two happy hour cocktails this weekend, I’ll go with that’ then you know which way to go.”

The podcast clip was also shared on the @twobrokechicks_ TikTok account, where Alexandra also pointed out that the cocktails are just an example because they are her “passion”.

She wrote in the comments: “The cocktails are an example. I would spend the $25 on cocktails because they are my passion, you can spend $25 on your passion!”

Alexandra shared her tip on her podcast



The clip was also shared on TikTok



The video’s commenters were divided, with some saying the tip was super helpful – and others punching holes in the logic.

One person wrote, “Genuis…I’m not a big impulse buyer but this is awesome!”

While another said: “I’m definitely going to use that thinking now! Thanks!”

But someone else disagreed, writing, “No, just thinking that way, take the $25 and use it to buy the phone case.”

Other commenters shared their own tips to discourage impulse buying, with one person saying they equate the cost of an item to how long they would have to work to recoup the money spent.

They said, “I always compare that to my hourly rate at work. If someone says ‘you have to work 4 hours and we’ll give you this item’, if it’s worth it, I’ll take it.”

Another said: “If I see something in a store I want I give it a week and if I’m still thinking about it after the week I get it. If I forgot, leave it.”

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