5 Moments You're Most Likely to Overspend
Little things can trigger impulse buys. Knowing these unexpected times when you may be getting spendy can help you keep them in check.
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When You're Avoiding the Crowds
You may be tempted to tackle your shopping list at 7 a.m. on a weekday, when Walmart is practically guaranteed to be blessedly empty. But shopping at crowded stores could help your wallet: We're less likely to buy unnecessary items when we're surrounded by swarms of people, a Journal of Consumer Research study found
. It's like we go into survival mode, where we immediately think of what we need to get in and get out (and emerge relatively unscathed).