I used to be so bad at spending money on meaningless things. I would go into the shops almost every day after work and buy something. It was always something I didn't need and would feel guilty about for days after. I have managed to kick this habit which has made way for me to pay off debts and start saving so I can actually spend my money on meaningful things and not just empty materialistic "stuff".
If you feel stuck in a rut with your spending and feel like you just can't control yourself here are some rules I stuck to help me stop filling my life with empty items that I did not need and ultimately did not really want.
1. Do Not Window Shop
I banned myself from even looking around the shops because I knew I would not be able to help myself. If I didn't walk into a shop I wouldn't see all the things that would make me fall in love that I wouldn't otherwise know about. It is best to not even give yourself the temptation. Jut be strict with yourself, no matter how bored you are and want to kill time, do not head to the shops. Maybe head to the local library or museum and walk around there instead, just somewhere you know you won't spend any money.
Don't buy something as soon as you see it. Put it back down and think about it, maybe for a day or a week. If you still think you need it after a while then give yourself permission to go and get it. I can guarantee most of the stuff you will completely forget about, proving you will
3. Be Fussy
You know when you try something on and you are not quite sure, you loved it on the hanger and it looks ok on but there is just something about it you are not sure. You don't know if it will look good with your favourite jeans or if the colour doesn't quite suit you? But you buy it anyway and still wonder each time you wear it. Do. Not. Buy. It. Only buy if you truely love it. What's the point in having something in your wardrobe if you are not sure if you like it or not, why not just have items you love. Only accept perfection in everything you buy and you will stop buying things that you never wear or that never really bring you joy anymore.
If you do not settle for anything less than perfect then your spending will drop drastically and it will give you more money to put into that thing you truely do fall in love with and think about long before you actually purchase it.
These are some of the tips that helped me stop my impulsive shopping and gave me more money to pay off my debts and start making a real future to myself.