I am a sucker for a good deal. My mom taught me well when it comes to searching the clearance racks and looking at clothes in the off season! There are times I can find new kids clothes for cheaper on clearance than used clothes at garage sales! (Thanks, Mom, for teaching me this important skill!) It’s my version of hunting! Sniff out a good deal and move in for the kill!
However, I can get caught up in the game. As I’m on a rampage trying to lighten my load here at home (aka: purge the excess STUFF), I’m becoming more aware of what I bring into the home now. But sometimes it’s so hard to pass up a good deal thinking of all the money I could save on some purchase when it’s 80% off! And then I realize I save even more buy not buying at all. DUH! But it’s still hard to let a good deal go.
I’m learning, though. I found it’s even easier to avoid temptation to spend hard earned cash on unnecessary things if I shield myself a little. For instance, I don’t even read my Lands End and Old Navy emails anymore. They’re two of my favorite stores I shop (mostly online.) Unless there’s something specific I NEED I just delete the emails advertising the big sales. If I don’t browse catalogs and websites, I won’t see the spectacular deals, and thus I won’t feel like I’m missing out on an opportunity. If the budget amount for clothing for the month is already spent, then I don’t look at clothing stores.
Have you ever realized that stores REALLY want you to buy their stuff? The pay people big bucks to market products, to make us feel like we really need their products! That’s advertising! I’m not against capitalism and advertising. I just want to make wise purchases. So before I buy something there’s a few questions I ask myself:
- Do I need this item?
- Is there a specific place for this item?
- For clothes: do I LOVE it, or is it just the allure of a good deal?
- How many other items like it do I already own?
- How will this make my life easier?
- How will this make my life harder?
I use these questions to evaluate: is this item worth buying? I find if there’s any doubt I’m better off leaving the item on the shelf and walking away. It’s more money for another day and another good deal…on something I DO need/love!
How about you? How do you decide if something is worth buying?
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