October 12, 2021 • 2 min read

A Familiar System to Help Bust Your Bad Spending Habit

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You need to start a shopping backlog____.

After completing university at 22 years old, I moved into an apartment on my own at the height of the pandemic.

Browsing the web and shopping for "nice to have" items was a great way to pass the time.

It was also decimating my budget.

Here is the one system I put in place that has saved me $1000+ per month.

Introduce a backlog to your shopping workflow.

Most people in 2021 have worked with a backlog of information. The idea is simple - there are too many tasks in the air at any given time to simply pick one and start working on it.

Often times we need a way to store, categorize, prioritize, and search this information to identify what needs dealing with first.

I thought to myself "Why can't I apply this system to my spending habit as well?"

So I did. And it worked.

Here's why you should implement a shopping backlog.

#1. Slow your mind down

It's easy to get caught up in the moment when you find a sale or interesting item you'd like to own.

Allow yourself some time to process why you want to buy that item by capturing it in your backlog.

Make a note of the website/store where you found it, and groom your backlog later with a fresh mind. You may end up dropping more items from your list than expected.

#2. Priority matters

For some people priority is key.

If your wish list contains critical items you'll need for a work/family function, or to fix your home, you'll want to prioritize those purchases over that cool new Amazon gadget you saw on TikTok.

#3. Special occasions are around the corner

A little patience goes a long way.

Are you the kind of person that never knows what they want for a birthday or holiday?

Share your wish list around with family and friends. Let them filter your categories and search for items they can gift to you.

I wish I had this system in place a long time ago. Happy saving!