just buy the thing on sale?

March 12, 2012 8:55am CST
Recently I have found that I had an obsession. It seems that I just buy the things on sale when shopping. I will calculating the unit price minutely and compare the same kind goods. And once arriving the shop mall, I will directly rush into the "Sale" or "Clearance"? I think it's too out there. This kind of consumption view is not good.
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@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
12 Mar 12
I only buy something if I need it and then I will take the time to look for the best price (which is also a price I am willing to pay for it, if not I don't need it). I also go to second hand shops. I think the older I get the less interested I am to buy or "collect" stuff. It's just a waste of money and be honest: how much do you really need of all that is surrounding you? How much do you use daily?
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13 Mar 12
oh, be honest, what I really need is a small part of all these goods on sale. I just can not control myself when seeing "half off" or something else about discount. I think I am a little crazy in shop mall.
@nanayangel (7839)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
Hi there Xiaoqian19880825! I used to do that when we were living in the city. I buy things that are on sale and just save them so that I can give them as gifts for Christmas or any occasion that I forgot to buy a gift for the celebrant. It is a good thing to do because it saves time and it saves you if you actually forgot to buy a gift. Usually, too, I would have to buy a few things to complete my list for Christmas since I already have some stuff bought from sales.
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13 Mar 12
hi, nanayangel, thank you for your response, Yes, sometimes the things we brought on sale happen to be help for an urgent need.
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
12 Mar 12
It's good to be frugal and find sales but sometimes "Sales" really aren't sales. You have to really take the time and figure out if what you are buying on sale is worth it. If there's something you have been wanting for a while, then you should check a few stores, websites and price shop to see what the price is, and then when that item goes on sale, check the starting price that they are listing it at, and figure out if it's worth it to buy it. I have seen where some stores up the "regular" price, when the item are put on sale, and so it looks like you are getting one heck of deal. And unfortunately, alot of people fall for this because they think... wow... it's "regular price is 90 dollars and it's on sale for 55 dollars so I am saving 35... but if you'd been price watching before you'd notice that they up'ed the price and if you'd bought it before it went on sale you would have only paid 60 dollars for it to begin with.. It's crazy how this works and how we see things, so we really gotta be careful on how we spend our money. I am a clearance shopper, but only for out of season things. Buying winter in the summer for clothes, spring in the fall and vice versa, becuase I know those are all good deals and the stores are just trying to move the items to make room for the new seasonal things. It takes up some space in the house to store some of those things but in the long run, for me, it works.
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13 Mar 12
Good suggestions! Thank you very much. You said you are a clearance shopper, I think what you said are reliable. I will watch the dynamic of the price when I surely want to buy something.
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
As for my opini0n and based on my own experience.,buying on sale products is not a good investment. Most of the times, malls, boutiques,give discounts to their products because the product is already crampled Or the products are nearly out of date and out of the weather. Sometimes, Nearly poisonuos.
13 Mar 12
yes, it makes sense that nowaday malls, boutiques always have means to attract customers' attention and play every "discount", "sale" trick to drag people into. Your response just gives me a warning, thank you.
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
Your welcome, they do it for marketing purposes only. N0t knowing the needs and wants of their consumers.
@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
13 Mar 12
I used to buy a lot of things on sales too, and unfortunately many of them landed in the garbage... I often had to realize that what I bought was impossible to use or broken, and stores don't pay money back for things that were on sale. So instead of a good deal I wasted my money. Now I always go shopping with a list, so I don't end up buying things I don't need. It can be a good idea to stock up on things that you can use well later, if you can spend a bit more than what is necessary.
24 Apr 12
Yes, you are absolutely RIGHT. Now I go to malls with a list, too. And now I am engaged in finishing my thesis, so I am too busy to go shopping, just restraining my impulse of consumption. I think it's good.
• United States
12 Mar 12
i prefer nsales even though im not really saving
13 Mar 12
aha, thank you for your responding. sometimes, we just do the things which we ourselves don't know the reason, like buying things "on sale". Your avatar is beautiful.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
12 Mar 12
by only shopping clearances and sales and even with using coupons, you often buy stuff you really don't need which wastes money.
13 Mar 12
yes, cumulate money spending on the things on sale but not necessary is surprisingly high. I need a reflection on myself.
• United States
12 Mar 12
The good thing is our calculating the sale price and looking out for bargains. I think that shows our living under budget as well. there may not be a real problem here after all. I am sure you need the stuff your buing right...
13 Mar 12
oh, when reading your response, I am a little embarassed. Because in fact, sometime I buy things unnecessary, indeed, just for "Sale"! I think I need to reflect on myself.