The crazy thing is that – believe it or not – what I post here on Kosher on a Budget is a small percentage — a very small percentage — of all the deals and sales floating around on any given day.
For those of you new to the world of coupon & deal blogs, I’m sure it can be a little bit overwhelming. All those *WOW*s and exclamation points can make you feel like I-must-buy-this-incredible-thing-right-now-or-my-life-will-be-meaningless. Or some less dramatic variation on that theme.
I know, because I can get caught up in that rush, too. But rest assured: I DON’T DO EVERY DEAL.*
Yup, you heard me right. Despite what you might think, more often than not, I let the great online deal pass me by if I’m at all unsure.
I figure I’d rather have not-buyers regret than buyers regret. Plus, after shopping and saving this way for more than two years, I know that another great deal is sure to come.
And in case you were wondering (which some recent emails have me thinking you might be), I also don’t spend hours every day cruising the aisles of CVS, Walgreens, Target and the grocery store. In fact, ironic as this may be, I don’t even like shopping at brick and mortar stores and therefore do my best to limit it to only one or two stores – TOPS – a week.
Unless of course, I get a rare afternoon to myself, and can actually shop in relative peace, without someone needing the bathroom, wanting a drink, asking me why the sky is blue, or – more often than not – screaming “OOOOOOUUUUUUTTTTT” at the top of her lungs as I try my best to pretend like it’s not my toddler having the fit in the store.
Now that you know I’m not some deal-buying-machine, I will say that I think these deals can be a wonderful tool in your money-saving arsenal once you learn to use them strategically and with intention.
For example, I know a lot of you love to buy photobooks for your digital memories (we do, too). And I’m sure a lot of you think that spending $20 + shipping is “worth it” to have such a great keepsake. It may well be. But isn’t spending $0 even more worth it?!
Remember, it’s all about creating margin. And deals, sales and coupons are wonderful for doing that. Whether it’s margin to pay your mortgage — or retire with dignity. Or margin to have fun, to get a manicure – or go to Tahiti. Margin is a good thing, my friends!
What about you? Do you find yourself getting caught up in a deal frenzy? How do you balance the savings with your sanity?
*P.S. While I don’t do every deal, as I promised you a while ago, my commitment is to only share with you deals I have — or would have — done for me and my family. I won’t be buying running shoes, for example, because I, um, don’t run… but if I did, I would have been all over those Asics.