Feeling regret about having bought something is a very unpleasant sort of unhappiness. Here are some strategies to make sure you don't make purchases you regret:
1. Get in and get out. 快进快出
The more time you spend in a store, the more you're likely to buy. Even better: don't even go in the store. Then you definitely won't buy.
2. Beware of sale items. 当心促销品
Beware of sale items, which make you feel like you can't afford not to buy, or limited-time offers, which make you feel like you have to take advantage of a special deal. If you don't need or want something, it's not a good deal, not matter how cheap it is. A friend of mine told her husband, "I got this 50% off!" and he answered, "That means it was 50% ON."
3. Question the need for an upgrade. 对升级的产品需求提出质疑
You might want that device with a slick new function, or to get the improved version of what you have now, but do you really need it?
4. Don't shop when you're in a hurry or when you're hungry 不要在匆忙或饥饿的时候购物
5. Stick to a list. 严格遵循购物清单
I've found that after I've decided to buy one thing, I'm far more likely to throw in other impulse items, because I know that I'm committed to going through the hassle of paying.
6. Don't buy anything that you don't know you need--this is especially important with clothes
If you're not careful, you can buy a pair of pants marked down 75%, then realize that you can't really wear them unless you buy the right shoes to go with them.
7. Be wary of the check-out areas. 留心收银台区
There are lots of enticing little items here; ask yourself if you really need something before you add it to your pile. How many times have I picked up a jar of Balmex?
8. Be polite to salespeople, but don't feel like they're your new best friends
Don't buy something because you're worried about hurting their feelings or having made them do a lot of work helping you or explaining products to you. At the same time, be respectful of clerks' efforts.