mpulsive spending can be fun. But done too frequently or carelessly, it could damage your family’s finances.

Five in six Americans admit to having made an impulsive purchase, according to a poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International for CreditCards.com in 2017 — with millennials as the biggest offenders.

An impulsive purchase is unplanned and unnecessary. It’s no surprise that young adults are twice as likely to do it: Nearly all millennials (91%) admit to impulse spending, whereas one in five senior citizens say they've never made such a purchase.

No matter what you’re about to buy, think before you act. Go have a cup of coffee, take a walk or engage in some other activity as you consider the pros and cons — whether you really need the item, whether you can afford it and how you might feel about it a few days later. Consider what your spouse might think.

If you make the purchase and later suffer buyer’s remorse, remember that some credit card issuers offer guaranteed returns — even after it’s too late to return an item to the store. Rules vary; if in doubt, call your card issuer’s customer service number.

MEN VS. WOMEN

Who's benefiting from these impulses?
25 percent of men will splurge on their spouse and 16 percent  directed to their children.

8 percent of women will splurge on their spouse with  33 percent going to their children.

45 percent of male and female respondents say their impulse buys over the past three months were for themselves.

 
 
 
RED VS. BLUE
Members of which party are more likely to regret an impulsive purchase?
(Republicans are more likely to do so, as 25 percent say they've spent $1,000 on impulse, as 15 percent of Democrats say the same.  
SMALL OR LARGE IMPULSES
How much money is being spent during those impulsive moments? 
About 50 percent of respondents are spending $100 or more.  One in four have spent $500 or more, while 17 percent say they have spent at least $1,000.