8 Ways You Can Curb Online Shopping

Find out how to recognize when impulse shopping is a problem, what to do about it, and how you can manage growing debt.

8 Ways You Can Curb Online Shopping

Lured by convenience, free shipping offers, flash sales, deal sites, or coupons, millions of American fall prey to the world of online shopping. The beauty of this routine lies in its accessibility — all you need is a credit or debit card and a Web browser. But it’s easy for this occasional habit to turn into a binge or a full-fledged addiction. Financial experts Nicole Lapin and Farnoosh Torabi share how to recognize when impulse shopping is a problem, what to do about it, and how you can manage growing debt.

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Clear Your Browser Cookies

This technique is especially vital if you frequently window-shop online. Since online ads are targeted to users, try browsing in a private or incognito session or simply clear your cookies, or the stored data in your web browser. To clear cookies, go to your browser preferences or settings on your computer or phone and click on “clear history and website data.”

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