If you’re like me (human) you probably enjoy the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership. Free 2-day shipping on tons of products and access to free music, movies, and TV shows are great justifications for a subscription to the online giant. Don’t get me wrong, I love Amazon Prime and everything that comes with it, even though I occasionally make an unwise purchase. If this describes you, here are few things you can do to make it harder for you to buy that thing you don’t really need.
Delete the app from your phone
If you have the Amazon app on your phone, I’m sure you’ve perused it many times out of sheer boredom. Sitting in a waiting room or a traffic jam can spur purchases that aren’t exactly wise. By taking the app off your phone or tablet, you’ll be way less likely to make that impulse purchase. If you need to look up a product from your device, use the web browser and don’t login to your account. I call this “online window shopping.”
Unsubscribe from mailing lists
Are you the type to see a deal you like and immediately buy it? If this is the case, make sure you unsubscribe from Amazon emails. Sometimes those $10-$20 products are too enticing to pass on. The less you see it, the more likely you’ll resist the temptation. I love woot.com, and meh.com but I realized it’s in my best interest not surf those sites very often.
Delete your credit card information
If you’re reading this you’re more than likely an Amazon Prime member and that means you probably have your credit card info saved on the site. This is great for ease of use but it also makes it easier to buy worthless crap that is awesome and totally not needed. If you want to put a roadblock between you and those purchases, delete that information. Having to input that info every time you want to buy something will hopefully make you change your mind every once in a while.
Create an Amazon Wish List
Now you probably don’t think this is a very valuable bit of advice, but by putting something on a Wish List, you’re delaying a purchase. I have a very extensive wish list on my Amazon account (feel free to look it up and send me something) and it helps me sort out the things I need, the things I want, and the things I think I want but don’t really care about.