How to Kick Buyer's Remorse to the Curb

Smarter and Harder

Buyer's remorse is an icky feeling that happens when the excitement of a new purchase turns to anxiety and regret.

There can be many different causes for buyer's remorse, such as:

Anxiety surrounding a large purchase Products not living up to expectations Financial worries in other areas

Major purchases like homes, cars, and furniture tend to have the highest emotional risk. But even small, day-to-day buying can lead to stress and regrets.

Since we can never stop buying things altogether, there will always be some potential for this regretful feeling.

However, by taking some time to work on your buying decisions, there's a lot you can do to reduce the risk of buyer's remorse.

Question Purchases Carefully

You can never regret a purchase you didn't make in the first place. Slow down to make sure what you're buying is something you sincerely want or need.

Keep Refunds on the Table

People often skip a refund if it seems inconvenient. But if you regret a purchase and a refund is an option, it's a great way to reclaim your money and clear away buyer's remorse.

Listen to Your Emotions

Before buying something, try to take stock of your emotions. What are you feeling? Will this thing make your life better, or does it just feel exciting because it's new?

Learn From Experience

You can't always avoid buyer's remorse. When you do encounter it, try to understand why. What was it about this purchase that caused it? What can you do differently next time?

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