7 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Spending Less
These easy strategies actually save you money—and offer insight into your financial unconscious.
Your money-saving strategy for the mall is to chug down at least five cups
of water, wait
for 45 minutes (while browsing) and then hold it in
. When subjects in experiments at the Netherlands' University of Twente did exactly that, they made significantly better monetary decisions.
The explanation: The effort involved in holding in it has an "inhibitory spillover effect"—a boost in overall self-control, concluded the study’s researchers. (Who knew Kegels have so many benefits?
Research has found that mild dehydration is a cause of mild depression
. If you're the type to shop when you're down, those five cups of fluids—not the $280-an-ounce royal jelly rejuvenating cream —may help lift the blues.