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💰 Today’s tip: Make a “do not buy” list

Sometimes what you really need isn’t a to-do list, but a list of things not to do. For example, if you’ve ever brought home a jar of paprika only to discover you already have six of them sitting in your cupboard, you need a “do not buy” list. This list, as Laura Vanderkam writes, lets you and your fellow household members know what not to buy on your next shopping trip. It saves you from the tyranny of “just in case” thinking. Your mind and your storage space will be clearer because of it.

💵 More from Forge on mindful consumerism:

8 Money Experts on How to Curb an Online Shopping Habit

You Can’t Shop Away Your Existential Dread (But You Can Try)

19 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Anything

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