You Should Keep a Wishlist

”You Should Keep a Wishlist”

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You Should Keep a Wishlist

For many of us, the Holiday Season is fast approaching. And with Holiday Season comes the much-anticipated Holiday sales. This is a time of the year where one tends to overspend by way of sale and/or unpreparedness. Sales can be deceitful in the sense they facilitate the idea that you’re saving money. You’re likely to accumulate a larger bill by purchasing unnecessary products in the guise of receiving good deal.s

Though there be many ways to conduct oneself in the face of sales, my personal favorite is one of calm and collection. How do I expect to achieve this? By keeping a wishlist, and You Should Keep a Wishlist, too.

What is a Wishlist?

A wishlist is a list of items, either specific or in a general sense, that you are interested in purchasing.

The largest benefit in keeping a wishlist is that doing so helps you save money. This is due to the “minimum wait” that generally comes with a wishlist. The idea being once you’ve listed an item, you must wait a pre-determined period of time making the purchase. My minimum wait is set for 30 days, though I generally go a few months. This gives time for you to determine whether a purchase is one you truly want to make.

A Wishlist Will Save Your Money

I’ve kept a wish-list long before my no-buy. Though this exercise is often mentioned and used by those who embark on No-Buys. A No-Buy is a period of time with no coin going to a predetermined category(ies). I mention this because one of the perks of a wishlist is that it helps prevent impulse purchases. Many times, the desire for said item fades before you’re able to make the purchase due to the minimum wait. This is relevant to No-Buys because a common desired outcome of a No-Buy is that one has saved money. The nature of this exercise will inevitably save you money.

Prioritize Your Purchases

I like to use a wishlist when it comes to clothing and makeup in particular; though mostly clothing. As I am in the process of honing my personal style and cultivating my wardrobe. Keeping a wishlist in regard to clothing, and indeed any category of item, aids in prioritization. Seeing the items you desire side by side will encourage you to weigh them against each other. A bit like process of elimination. Some items inevitably take precedence, leaving others to not only fall in line, but fall off, as well.

You Should Keep a Wishlist | Ardently Ana
I’ve always kept lists of items and things i’ve wanted. Though now, my wishlists take on a more central role; aiding to curb my spending, enforce intentional spending and safeguard and develop my personal style and wardrobe.

You Should Keep a Wishlist to Enforce Intention

Keeping a wishlist also gives me time to consider whether my appreciation for an item will be long-lived and worth occupying space in my wardrobe. I have time to analyze a piece; decipher what about it is alluring to me. I also go over my Clothing Purchase Guidelines while waiting for my minimum wait time to pass. Click here to read my Clothing Purchase Guidelines. Considering these guidelines enforce intentional choices and spending. Which results in a safeguarded personal style and well curated wardrobe.

It also quells the number of objects one brings into one’s wardrobe, home or dwelling. If minimizing the number of objects you possess is a goal, a wishlist will surely aid in it.

Keep a Wishlist Because it is Therapeutic

The last reason I’ll mention why You Should Keep a Wishlist is that it is therapeutic; especially when one keeps a physical wishlist. I myself enjoy going through the motions of writing and organizing these items. There is a certain charm and comfort to organizing, polishing and committing the list to paper. I also enjoy putting each item through the ringer with my Clothing Purchase Guidelines and Shopping Plan. Click here to read my Clothing Shopping Plan. It is a bit of a routine, something with which one can get acquainted.

Not only is it therapeutic in this sense, but the act of waiting prior to purchasing can change one’s behavior. Circling back to the topic of No-Buys. Another desired outcome of not purchasing one’s vices is the conditioned aversion to impulse buying. When recreating the relationship one has with how one spends one’s money and with what frequency, a wishlist can help with that re-introduction. As well as the healthy facilitation of spending habits and urges.

Keep a Wishlist!

Keeping a wishlist will help you determine the general worth of an item in more ways than one. This results in saved money, space and little to no regret, (just to name a few). So, as we gear up for this Holiday Season, create and/or polish your wishlist!

I hope I’ve given a convincing argument as to why You Should Keep a Wishlist. Let me know what your favorite points were or any others you may have!

Ardently,

Ana

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