It can be really tricky at times to resist the temptation to buy things. This can be made worse if people that we know, perhaps friends or family members seem to pressure us into buying things. This can mean that we end up buying things that perhaps we do not even really want because they seem to make us buy them. If we are trying to be a bit more frugal, perhaps because we have debts to pay off or we want to save money or make sure that it is easy to balance our budget each month, then we might need to use some methods to prevent them from having this influence on us. There are some different things that we can try.
Do not go Shopping with Them
IT can be useful to not go shopping with those that influence you to buy things that are really too expensive for you. If you avoid these sorts of trips then it will be easier to resist temptation if you are not with them all of the time. This can be difficult, especially if you socialise a lot with them and it is drinks and food, clubs and things like that which you get tempted to spend money on. If it is shopping trips that you go on then maybe you could avoid those. You may also be able to suggest different things to do together, perhaps meeting up for a walk of picnic or at each other’s houses so that there is not the temptation to spend money.
Explain Your Situation to Them
It can be worth thinking about explaining to people that you are trying to spend less money. Some of them will understand and may stop putting pressure on you to make these sorts of purchases. They may be some that are relieved as they may be in the same situation themselves and need help with trying to reduce their own spending. It could therefore be a case of you trying to help each other and this could be a big help. Maybe opening up to one person at a time could make it a lot easier to do and to explain it more easily.
Set a Budget
It can be useful to set yourself a budget for spending on these sorts of items. If you are able to do this and stick to it, it will mean that you will still be able to but some of the items that you want but you will not be under risk of spending more money than you can afford. It can take practice and hard work to stick to a budget but it will be easier than not spending anything a all. It will mean that you will be able to have some treats and spend some money with your peers but not overspend and get into trouble financially.
Try to not Feel the Pressure
It can be difficult to not give in to the pressure somehow, but it is something that you may need to try master. This is tricky, but it can be easier once you are aware that there is a problem ad that you can be in control of it. You need to try to distance yourself from the temptation around you. It is easier to do this if you are more focussed on the reasons why you want to do this. You might want to be able to save up money for something, get out of debt, make it easier to pay for things you need or whatever. Keep concentrating on that and this will help you to meet your goals.