A very frustrating problem that I sometimes have is buying something only to find out that I don't really need it. For example, I recently bought a couple of non-fiction title from Amazon, then a day later I realized that I probably wouldn't have time to read them. Likewise I recently bought the Nexus 7, then returned it almost immediately after realizing it was excessive. Also, just today I bought a coffee for lunch, which again was unnecessary.
Just wondering if you guys have any tips for avoiding making impulsive buying decisions? I keep on telling myself that I won't make the mistake again, but then I do!
One think that's been helping is tracking my expenses on mint.com. For some reason, tracking my expenses seems to help me spend less. But even with that, I still feel that I don't have as much discipline over my spending as I'd like to.
I appreciate your thoughts!