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Five Tips to Stop Shopping on Social Media

November 25, 2019

2 min read

Instagram has become a minefield of ads and influencers selling products that you didn’t even know you needed.

And social media has made online shopping even easier than it already was. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, and now TikTok, have integrated shopping links into ads and posts in an attempt to build their e-commerce business—and to get you to spend.

If you’ve ever purchased something from an Instagram ad, you’re not alone. In fact, 57% of millennials have spent money they hadn’t planned to spend based on something they saw on social media, according to a 2018 study from Allianz Life Insurance. Shopping online also lessens the “pain of paying,” because it can all seem so easy to buy something these days, often without even taking out your credit card.

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With the temptation to add that virtual shirt to your cart higher than ever, here are five ways to curb your appetite for “social spending.”

Consideration: It’s okay to splurge once in a while. You can work an occasional Instagram purchase into the discretionary spending part of your budget. Having an actual dollar that you designate for splurges can help.

Of course, the best way to put a stop to social media spending is to delete all of your social media accounts. But if that sounds impossible, consider putting on some of the speed brakes we’ve just discussed.

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By Claire Grant
Claire is a content writer for Stash.

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