Katie Dunsworth (www.smartcookies.com) touts “rathers”: “I’d like that pair of designed shoes, but I’d rather save up for a weekend at the spa.” The idea here is to allow yourself some treats, but to limit them by a kind of triage.
Mary Hunt (www.debtproofliving.com) focuses on writing down everything she spends. This enables her to look closely at the distinction between “wants” and “needs,” and allows here to adjust her purchases accordingly.
Denis Cauvier and Alan Lysaght (www.abcsofmakingmoney.com) recommend involving the kids. Offer them a percentage of every dollar they figure out how to save—something between 20 percent and 33 percent seems reasonable—and instead of fighting them, you’ll co-opt them.
Susan Kessler (www.thefrugaldiva.com) suggests finding a real hobby instead of shopping for entertainment. It’s far more satisfying and you’ll save a bundle.
Have a look at some of these personal accounts and "out of the box" suggestions. Each provides a unique perspective on stopping overshopping, so you're sure to find something that speaks to you. See what you can learn from their experiences.