How many of you have things lingering in your home that were bargains too good to pass on.
- that pair of shoes that really are a size to big but they were only $10 (you wore them once and they gave you such terrible blisters that you will never wear them again)
- the set of cutlery “they were just about giving away” that will come in handy when you have a dinner party for 12 even though your dining suite won’t accommodate more than 8.
- the tent that was half price at the camp shop (when you actually went there to buy a travel jacket) that you had to have for when you go camping one weekend soon (that was 4 years ago)
- that DVD you got for $5 on the clearance heap that you barely managed to tolerate the first ten minutes of which has been relegated to the deepest depths of the DVD drawer
Need I go on? There are no end of stories like these that I have heard or fallen prey to. There is a lesson to be learned here.
A bargain isn’t a bargain if you get little or no use out of it.
These things become like a house guest that won’t leave who’s just taking up space and not paying rent. You know they are there but you can’t bring yourself to tell them to leave but you feel guilty about letting them stay every time you come across them.
A couple of ways to avoid this trap are:-
- Don’t read the special catalogues
- Don’t check out the clearance bins in the shops
- Only go to the shop if there is something specific you are shopping for and stick to the plan.
- Never stop at garage sales
- Avoid seasonal sales
Sorry to all you shopaholics out their but admitting you have a problem is half the cure.