Simple Savings Sunday – The Impulse Purchase Savings Plan

Simple Savings SundayWelcome back to Simple Savings Sunday!  I hope your holidays have been great and you are ready to start the new year off right.  This week’s savings tip is one that you can start implementing now and you will see the power of it by the end of the year.  Creating some great savings plans in the beginning of the year is the best way to create an ever-lasting mentality of saving.  Make a goal of saving each and every month.  You can do it, only if you want to.  The tip I have for you this week is dealing with impulse purchases.  I consider it a counter to impulse purchases and hopefully you can use it.

The Impulse Purchase Savings Plan

The impulse purchase savings plan has everything to do with impulse buying.  When you make an impulse purchase, you are not making any calculated decision.  You are just buying because you want to.  Most impulse purchases are small, but there can be some bigger ones.

In order to implement this savings plan, you will need to first keep a record of your purchases.  If you don’t do well with this, then keep a small notebook with you.  When you pay cash, you need to write it down.  You need to know of all of your purchases.  This is a good practice anyway, so why not start it now!

When you make an impulse purchases, you then will transfer that amount into your savings account.  You can do the transfer at the end of the day if it makes it easier.  Depending on your bank account, you might have to do the transfers at the end of the week.  There are some banks that don’t allow too many transfers.  This all depends on where your checking and savings accounts are.  I have a few checking and savings accounts.  There are at different banks. If I were to do transfers for every impulse purchase, then I would be charged a fee.  I don’t pay bank fees, so that is not cool with me.  This is where I would just add up all of my impulse purchases every week and then make the transfer.

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The impulse purchase savings plan is perfect for those that make a lot of impulse purchases.  Using this method to save money will show you how much money you are really spending on impulse purchases.  So, not only will you get an insight into how much you are spending, but it will also get you to save.  Saving money is an important part of managing our finances, but many people don’t do it.  It is time to start saving and take back control of our spending habits.

Would you implement a savings plan like this?

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I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $75,000 in debt ($50,000 in just credit cards). I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a WordPress support company, along with another blog, Eyes on the Dollar, which is another great personal finance blog.

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Adam Kamerer says January 6

This is a really great idea, Grayson. It turns your savings account into a sort of swear jar. Of course, I’ve found that tracking my spending in the first place is already a pretty good deterrent to impulse buying.

    Laurie says January 8

    I agree that tracking your spending is always best, but why not have a backup swear jar?

Laurie @thefrugalfafmer says January 6

Great idea, Grayson. What an eye-opening way to see just how much money you are wasting, and yet conquer that waste by saving money as well. I would definitely implement a plan like this if we were impulse purchase people.

    Laurie says January 8

    It is good to hear that you are not impulse purchase people. That is a feat on its own.

Shannon @ Financially Blonde says January 6

I love this idea. I actually challenge my clients to take it one step further. I challenge them to stop and ask themselves why they are buying something first. If it is not a) life or death or b) part of their spending plan for the month, they have to put it down and track the money saved as part of their “success” and then review their “successes” at the end of every month.

    Laurie says January 8

    That is even better. I always talk through my purchase before I make it. Didn’t use to do that, but now that is how I roll.

Robert Connor says January 18

Had to slow down and do a about face on a new car – we need to do a little more looking around and getting what we really need and can afford. Thanks for the post Grayson!

    Grayson Bell
    Grayson Bell says January 23

    Nice work doing that Robert! Not many have the power to turn around their emotions to keep their spending in check.

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