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It is important to think critically before you make any purchase regardless if it is large or small. Doing so enables you to make a more informed decision that will either maintain or improve your well being, surroundings, or lifestyle. The following are five ways you can think critically before making a purchase.

1. Question The Purchase 
You should find out everything you can about what you are considering buying so you do not regret the decision to own it later. This can be accomplished by researching what it is made of, where it was made, positive and negative reviews, and how popular it is with consumers.

2. Is This For Me
Just because an item is the latest fashion or miracle product does not mean it is right for you. It may work well for someone else but may not work as well for or on you. You should evaluate if it is something that would benefit you or if an alternative would work better.

3. Is It Necessary?
Ask yourself if you are considering this purchase because you need it or just want it. If you have been living without it, you may be able to continue surviving without owning it. On the other hand, it is important to ask yourself if your life would be improved by purchasing this.

4. Group Decision
Some purchases may affect more than just the purchaser and require input from others. Everyone involved may need to be present to offer their input and questions in order to come to a final decision.

5. Consider the Advertising 
Many products are advertised as the best item on the market and backed by a celebrity endorsement. Famous people may use what they advertise, but they are also well paid to promote it. The most beautiful actress or handsome singer can make anything marketable. It’s important to push that aside and ask yourself if the purchase would actually be beneficial to you.

Taking the time to do some research before making a purchase prevents impulse buying and possible costly mistakes. Knowledge and intelligence are needed to make the right purchasing decision whether doing so will affect just you or others as well.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of full time nanny.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.

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