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4 Tips to Avoid Mindless Purchases

I have struggled with a shopping addiction in the past. Mindlessly spending $1,000 at Sephora really woke me up to this issue, and shortly after I took some steps to ensure something like that wouldn’t happen again. Most of my mindless purchases were made online, and these four steps truly helped me to minimize them. As always, your mileage may vary.

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An e-mail from Sephora gave me the wake-up call I needed

Four years ago, a celebratory e-mail landed in my inbox. But as I read it, instead of excitement, I felt a knot form in my stomach.

“Congratulations,” it read, “on unlocking VIB Rouge, our new premium membership level!”

“Congratulations,” I heard, “on spending $1,000 you can’t afford on things you didn’t need and haven’t used!”

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