There are so many deals out there and marketers are really doing their job of making you feel like you need to have something that you won’t even use very long. I have to make sure I am on guard about most of these things or I will get sucked in very easily and end up spending extra money that I really don’t need to be spending.
Here are some examples I have dealt with recently:
Buying From Friends
This has actually happened to me a couple times in the last month. We had a friend come over and do a demonstration of Cutco Knives that he had just started selling. He had told me that he just wanted to pitch me and he got paid for it regardless. This was a great idea to me since I would be able to give him some tips about how his presentation was going. Truth be told, he did a rather good job of demonstrating the product’s strengths and pitting my old knives against the new ones. By the end, I could definitely see the need for us to get new knives but just knew that we couldn’t afford them at this time since we are still building our emergency fund. The way that I was justifying it to myself was that I told myself “we cook at home a lot, this would make prep time so much faster!”. Luckily, my wife talked us off the ledge. I am not even the one who does the cooking most of the time, she is!
Do I Really Need All That Tech?
The day this is getting posted is also another hard day for me, as I’m all about tech and love to score a good deal. I was looking into the Amazon Prime Day deals and found that they were going to be selling a Chromebook for only $199. I’m not sure which model or what the original price is, but I know some of them go for upwards of $350 and I have been having an itch for one since I have been flustered by how my iPad writes to WordPress. I am not a big fan of the standard WordPress app due to it being clunky and missing many features. Well, I had been looking into some ideas of how to use my iPad better for writing posts up on this blog. I found an app called BlogPad Pro that was $4.99 and seems to provide more features in how I can write my posts with my iPad and does online/offline support. I went ahead and picked it up and think that the app will work great for my future posting needs for WordPress. Needless to say, I will not be buying the Chromebook just yet as I am going to give this a go and I think I will be quite satisfied with it. How did I purchase this app out of my budget without holding a budget meeting, you might say? I am using my blow money aka fun money that we each get each month to spend on whatever we would like. Since I still have some, I can spend it how I need to.
Avoid Going Places That Cause You To Impulse Buy
Unsubscribe From Newsletters & E-mail Lists
Force Yourself To Wait Overnight
Bring Your Decision To An Accountability Partner
I am going to try to stay away from Amazon today and try to stay focused on my budget and my goals that my family is trying to accomplish. What are some of your weaknesses that you have to work on financially and what do you do to overcome them? Let me know in the comments below!