The Regret Dress
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Just want to share a little story about impulse. Impulse has been an issue for a very long time, and I finally mastered it….so I thought.
I needed to go shopping at Costco, which is one of my favorite places to shop, but today I had my little list. I had it all planned out. I was very determined to stay focused on that list and avoid any items, not on the list. As I'm pushing my shopping cart through the store, I happened to look over at the clothing area. There I saw this dress that I had been looking for...for like forever….well, maybe a couple of weeks. The best thing about it was a lot cheaper than the prices I saw online and they had one in my size. So of course I grabbed the dress, shoved my basket felt I had conquered something, but as I'm walking away, I'm thinking to myself, "should I really be buying this dress right now?" I didn't come to buy this dress. I came to buy these other items and now I'm going to go over budget.
So, in my mind, I went back and forth over it as I finished the duration of my shopping trip. As I'm heading to the register, I decided that I'm going to go ahead and buy the dress. Whenever you exit Costco, they have a person who will verify your receipt for proof of purchase. Well, lo and behold, like usual there was a lady standing at the ext in the usual spot. When she completed the verfication, she gave me a pamphlet that had all the next deals at Costco was going to have the following month. Wouldn't you know, that same dress, that I just bought, was going to be $3 cheaper the following month. Needless to say, I know I could’ve easily gone back into Costco with the receipt and the dress returned it and waited, but I kept the dress. You want to know why? Because here's the principle of it. I did something out of impulse. I went into that store with the plan and I allowed myself to get deterred from that plan.
How many times have you made that decision like this? I coach people who have made so many impulsive decisions and that destroy their finances and their relationships.
People make impulsive decisions that cost them
People make impulsive decisions that cost them. Don't be one of those people. Take a moment and think about what you're going to do. If you have a plan in front of you, stick with the plan! That way you don’t have to worry about kicking yourself later.
Next time you're faced with a decision that's going to take you off your plan, take a moment and think about it. I like to use a three-day process, a three-day process for me is, I think I want the item; I get advice from friends or colleagues about the item; then on the last day, I really can come to a firm position on the decision. Of course all along the way, I am praying if I really should happen item, because sometimes it's just not meant for me.
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