The Benefits of Keeping a Wishlist

As clichéd as they may be, wishlists are responsible for keeping my purchases in check. I dump everything I need or want into one huge ...



As clichéd as they may be, wishlists are responsible for keeping my purchases in check. I dump everything I need or want into one huge list that reminds me about all the nice things I could possibly spend my money on. I regularly compile a "most wanted" list and these six easy to remember notes to self make impulse buying redundant.

Wishlists keep things in perspective; that new item doesn't always look quite so appealing when sat alongside five dozen others. It suddenly becomes obvious how easy it is to spend on a whim and how that money could be better spent when properly considered. By keeping track of all the "I wants" in list form, the impulse to buy now is suddenly not so strong. It becomes obvious how many purchases could have been made on impulse and based on compulsion rather than need. You find yourself not wanting so much; that new beauty product doesn't look quite so hot next to one that you've been dying to purchase for months and that cheap dress isn't quite so lovely when you consider how wonderful it will be when you can finally afford that designer bag.

Wishlists could knock all the fun out of shopping, mentally running through the pros and cons to every purchase is not exactly a riot. But ultimately you end up being thrilled with each and every single purchase because you know it's definitely the one that you wanted to make. I think that is a lot more satisfying than impulse buying ever was.

The best places to keep a wishlist:
- Amazon
- Pinterest
- Fashiolista

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  1. Kate Flint5/23/2014

    My wish lists are always all over the place! I need to use just ONE site I think :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    Kate | themintedbeauty.com

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  2. I find having a wishlist is helpful for when finally THAT store is having a sale and I'm too overwhelmed to think what to buy. So I can look back to the wishlist and see what I need from that list that I can finally purchase. Is this making sense? Hahaha well, thanks for the info for places to keep wishlist. I think I'm gonna try pinterest :-)

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  3. Definitely agree with you on this, although I wish it did work better personally at stopping me making impulse buys! xo

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  4. Words of wisdom! I keep a wishlist on my phone! and it really works!

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  5. ive been thinking of coalescing all my wants into one list. more managable if its all in one place.

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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  6. i don't do wishlist... maybe because I'm more of a research before you buy shopper

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  7. Jen Collins5/23/2014

    yesss! so into this, haha. i sort of use pinterest in this way; if i like something enough to add it to pinterest (because i'm selective with pinning, let alone purchasing), i'd consider buying it if it's in my price range - though not even immediately; sometimes it's good to look at something again after a few weeks & see whether you still like it as much as you thought you did.

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  8. I have had a wish list running in word on my computer going back at least 6 years and I put a picture, where to get the item and the price. I found it helpful to make sure I was spending my money on the items I wanted most but I have also found that at times I buy things because they are on my wish list but if I never put it on there I probably would have completely forgotten I'd even wanted it.

    Laura | Breton & Blush

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  9. Rebecca5/23/2014

    I rely on my Amazon wishlist to keep me in check! whenever there's a spontaneous item I want to buy, I remember all the other things I've been wanting for even longer–that's what got me to save enough money to buy some Swedish Hasbeens! :)
    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

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  10. Agoprime5/23/2014

    cute!!
    www.agoprime.it

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  11. I literally live on lists. Making a wish lists sorts my thoughts and whilst I jot down an insane amount of products, I always look back on it with a fresh pair of eyes and start scratching things off my list that I actually don't really need that urgent after all. I love Amazon for keeping lists too, and I'm embarrassed to say that I've got a list at Sephora, ZARA Home, Feel Unique and Cult Beauty as well, ha!

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  12. I totally agree with you on this one. I regularly keep wishlists on amazon, but the few times I've gone without, I ended up spending needless amount of cash on things I really didn't need or want. My worst vices are makeup and magazines. Ugh. God help me.

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  13. Michelle5/23/2014

    gotta love lists!! great post lovely, have a wonderful weekend :)


    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Totally agree, this is how I curb my book spending or I'd be all out of control every time I stepped into a bookshop! I personally keep my wishlist(s) on Evernote - couldn't live without that app.

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  15. nueyork5/24/2014

    I love creating wishlists and they definitely help me decide what I really want out of the bunch. I'll often look back and realise that I don't really need X thing that I was willing to impulse purchase a little earlier in the month.


    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  16. Jessica5/24/2014

    This has really inspired me to stop impulse buying and only splash out on things I've been wanting for a while. Thanks for your wisdom! X


    www.rosetintedjessica.co.uk

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  17. I love keeping wishlists on Polyvore! xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  18. Teresa Román5/25/2014

    I totallly agree, i love the website vollow.com to do whislist.

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  19. I definitely think wish lists help us keep focused. I usually forget what I want so it's useful to refer back to.

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  20. I haven't seen this - I'll definitely be checking it out, thanks!

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  21. I've never used it.. but I know it's super popular

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  22. Glad it helped! Impulse buying is terrible, you never end up with what you REALLY want.. and then when you realise you forgot to wanted to buy something else you feel all kinds of regret over the things you did buy!

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  23. Definitely! I always add things to the wish list and then after a few days I wonder what I was thinking

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  24. Wish lists definitely help curb my spending! It helps focus my mind on what I can and should buy rather than what I want right now. I've never really got on with Evernote.. not sure why.

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  25. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  26. I easily forget what I wanted to buy so keeping it all in a list reminds me of things I'd rather save for and stops me impulse buying.

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  27. YES! Lists are totally my BFF :)) It's really easy just to impulse purchase and without my lists I'd be spending money all over the place.

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  28. This is perfect! I definitely pick a few things to buy each month (I have already decided I wanted to buy myself an expensive perfume for my birthday month) and stick to it, that way I don't overspend and, like you pointed out, it helps get through the month knowing the little presents are on their way.

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  29. Absolutely. This is exactly what I do. I put everything on a list and all those impulse purchases are avoided.

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  30. I like this idea a lot! I am a very visual person so perhaps this is something I could consider doing. I'm always forgetting things I wanted.. so I guess I really didn't want them so bad after all.

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  31. I have pinterest board I pin "things to buy" to.. but they are usually wildly out of my price range and I tend to pin them because they look really pretty. I keep my proper I-can-actually-afford-to-buy-all-this list on Amazon because that handy task bar add-on makes things just SO EASY.

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  32. This is exactly WHY I have a wish list. I add things to the list and then research them.. I never buy anything without researching first! I cross products off when I discover I don't want/need them anymore or if I find too many negative reviews.

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  33. This is why I like Amazon, I keep several lists split into books, beauty, clothes, home, etc. and I can easily access particular products I want to buy. Makes it easier to purchase those little treats ;))

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  34. Lists are just SO GOOD! :))

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  35. I am too much of a cautious shopper so having a list definitely stops me impulse buying..!

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  36. Oh definitely. I am always checking for discounts and promos - everyone loves a bargain right?

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  37. I think it definitely helps having everything all in one place. I use Amazon just because it's so easy when you've installed the taskbar add-on.

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  38. I always keep a wishlist on my phone where I put everything into that I want. I am not one to impulse buy anyway and this is just a special factor that helps me contain my excitment to just buy something even if I don't really need it. xx

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