This week has been full of shopping. Shopping for photo shoots, clients and of course a few fall goodies for me and Zo. The same thing keeps on popping up on my excursions. All I see are sales. Sales. Sales. Sales. Sale signs are everywhere you look right now! Whether you are on the Internet or in a store everything seems to be "Buy Two Get One Free!" and " 40% off the lowest ticketed price!". Believe me I love it! But, while it is SO tempting to jump at the opportunity to save some cash, there are a few things you should think about before you head straight for the sale rack. While I do think you should keep your eye out for a bargain, I don't want you to buy things you DON'T NEED just because it's a good deal.
My husband is the KING of purchasing things because ONLY because they are affordable and not because he likes them. So I know this mentality first hand. Take this man to Costco and you end up with a LOT of spinach, paper towels and a flat screen tv. If there is a chance to save some cash he is ON it. This usually comes in handy. Sometimes, I end up with an endless supply of something that expires next month.
The same goes for clothes. Last weekend we were shopping at our local outlet mall. Yes, it's true. We live near an outlet mall. I'm not gonna lie, it's very tempting to go cray cray whenever we are shopping there. Everything is a deal, about to be gone and cheaper than the regular store. Ever notice how people get more aggressive when there is a sale? Calm down girl, I swear there are enough Size Medium striped sweaters for an army.... it's cool.
We walked into Saks Off 5th and I was instantly drawn to a sign for shoes. Buy two shoes get the third free. Ummmm excuse me?! Hell yea! But, the more I looked the more I realized, I actually didn't see three pairs of shoes that I liked. I came THIS close to acquiring three pairs of shoes (and still spending a lot of money) just to get a good deal. But much to my husband's dismay, I decided to get the one pair of sandals that I really liked. They did happen to be on sale and I got a $150 pair of sandals for $35! Which, in case it got muddled in the fact that I didn't use the sale, is a BIG WIN! What I almost did was get another pair of boots that was on sale (but still a whopping $200) and another pair of heels that I didn't really like. So I took a moment and realized that I could actually save money and precious room in my closet by NOT buying into the sale. Because I didn't actually need the items that were on sale. Do I need shoes? Yes. But, do I need shoes I don't really love? Nope.
So, the next time you see a big ol "Sale!" sign lurking you toward her I want you to think of these three things.
1) Do I need the item that's on sale? Ask yourself the question of functionality. What are they selling? Is it something you have been looking for or do you have 5 already sitting in a drawer at home?
2) Is it my style? That's right, sometimes we buy things that aren't actually our taste. We do this because we so desperately want to make things work to save money! What ends up happening is that it just sits in your closet collecting dust, making your closet bulkier and it was money that could have been in your wallet.
3) If it wasn't on sale would I still buy it? Give this one a lot of thought. Sometimes we can be blinded by the idea of the sale. So make sure it's something you would buy no matter what! This question is my favorite. I ask myself this quite often.
You should be buying clothes because you love them, not just because it was the best one out of the sale items.
Listen, I'm not saying that sales don't come in handy. I love me a good bargain. But, it is very important to have specific intentions when shopping. Does this ever happen to you? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below! Do you find the sale items you buy to be great deals, or something that sits in your closet? Let me know! It's a hot topic among friends and I'd love for you to weigh in.
Remember, sales can sometimes deter you to secretly spend more than you planned. So you have to shop smart in order to actually get a deal! Read between the lines and your closet and wallet will thank you! Happy shopping!