Plan your shopping trip ahead of time.
I did this with my lovely neighbour. Last week we decided to plan a shopping trip together to pick up some much needed items. A foam mattress for my spare room, some kids clothes at Value Village. And a stop at the wholesale club for some kitchen items. It was great. I had a budget and a list, a timeline and good company. Most everything I bought was on sale or only available at those particular places. Plus, it was great fun.
You have to shop in life. That’s just the way it is. But the way you shop often determines how much you spend. If you browse and hang out at the mall, you’ll be tempted. We avoided that scene. Mostly had the stores to ourselves (everyone else must have been at that mall) and got what needed doing done.