Reader Sherri left a question yesterday on my Leapster2 post about the direction of KOAB — and in particular the posts about deals and sales. I wanted to quickly respond to Sherri’s comment, but I do promise that I’ll post that Q&A about stockpiling vs. everyday spending soon!
When I first found your blog, I really enjoyed it- it was great to read tips for saving money and how to live a thrifty but fulfilling life.
Lately, though, it seems that most posts are about fun items that are on sale. Yes, I realize they’re cheaper than usual, but it’s still just showing people how to spend more and more money- $20 on a game here, $20 on a toy there. Is this just because of the holiday season? If so, that’s understandable and I will look forward to your “old-time” posts once the season is over.
Thanks for your comment, Sherri. When I first started blogging back in July, and there were just a few dozen of my friends reading, I was posting 5-7 times per week. Half of my posts were the more meaty “how to” type — aka the “old time” posts — and the other half were about sales at CVS, Target or the like.
Today, I am posting about 5-7 times per DAY and I aim to have at least 5 or 6 “meaty” posts a week, plus any number of sales, deals, and coupon match-up posts. So, the meaty stuff is still there — and actually even more so than before. But it’s definitely mixed up with more of the “deal” posts that you refer to.
So, what’s my rationale? Well, first of all, as you correctly pointed out, this is the season for great deals on everything from toys to jewelry to electronics and more. And if you have been shopping for/planning to buy these items, now is a great time to do so.
But moreover, I think that pointing out when these amazing prices are available helps my readers to realize that paying retail just isn’t smart. There are always bargains to be had. You have to balance that with rational spending habits, of course, but if you want to give a gift — or treat yourself — I want my readers to know where and how to get the best prices.
I have always tried to be careful about reminding readers that consuming for the sake of consuming isn’t gonna make them happy (at least not in the long term!). And, of course, that it doesn’t matter how cheap the gadget or watch or new shirt may be, if you can’t afford it, it’s not a bargain!
This answer is probably longer than you wanted already, but I will just add, since you posted this comment on my second Leapster post in two days, that I had two friends email me asking about the best price on handheld game systems. When I found that deal on Amazon, I posted about it, figuring if two of my friends wanted to know, maybe a few more of my readers would want to know also.
Then yesterday, I found a much better deal at Leap Frog and since I’m committed to getting myself the very best price, I figured I should extend the same courtesy to my readers 😉
All that said, if you don’t like the deal posts, please feel free to skip over them!
Do you have a question about finding great deals, cash-based budgeting, financial goal setting or anything else I cover here at KOAB? Feel free to leave me a comment or contact me — I’ll be happy to answer you and I may even use your question for my next Q&A.