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how to curb online (and in store) shopping

Raise your hand if you shop too often and buy too much - me too! A few years ago I noticed that I was spending too much on items I didn't really need and decided to do something about it. That led to the birth of my Pinterest To Buy Board. I use Pinterest for everything because I love being able to see all my options in one place!

According to an article on shopping addiction in Elle magazine, 'the neurotransmitter surges when you're considering buying something new - anticipating a reward, in other words.' It's a shopper's high and the good thing is that the dopamine is produced when you consider making the purchase, not when you actually make it. Lucky for us, we can experience that very same high just by adding an item to the Pinterest To Buy board, or Amazon Wish List. I have added $50,000 items to my To Buy Board and felt great about it - all the joys of shopping and none of guilt or hit to the bank account!

When my mother in-law asks what I'd like as a birthday gift, I go to the board, make a selection and send her the link. She feels great because she bought me something I actually want and I'm happy because I now own something I wanted and probably wouldn't have bought for myself - win, win.

      Amazon Wish Lists are a great way to let your friends and family know what you’d actually like. A client of mine has a board for each of her young children so that when family and friends ask what they’d like, she can direct them to her wish lists. It also makes it easier to track and send thank you notes!

Try my tips and tricks above and let me know how it goes! You can email me at and follow me on Instagram @toritheorganizer.


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