I have a big confession to make. I’m like Donald Trump: I love the deal. I love the thrill of a huge discount, especially on high quality items.
Another confession: I started this blog to stop my addiction to deals. Yes, I love saving money and I love sharing how to save money. I also love the deal.
I love getting high quality clothing for 90% off retail. I love being able to give nice gifts for a fraction of their original cost. I get a thrill when I wear a piece of jewelry that cost me $7 when it was originally $54. I bought a jacket for $7 that was originally $134. I never wore the jacket., but it was a great deal!
My addiction started to become a problem when I realized I didn’t need many of the items I was buying. I just couldn’t resist the great deals I found online. Something had to be done!
So I started Square Pennies. Blogging takes a lot of time, time that I can’t spend on deal sites. Also as I talk about saving money here, it reminds me of what I really believe in. I find myself writing about the value of family and leading a mindful, healthy lifestyle. These are the things I really want to increase, not more stuff in my closet.
When I say you can lead a rich life on any income, this is what I mean. Your life style can be rich in friends and family as well as experiences. You can be the person who finds fun but inexpensive activities. You can cook some amazing things for holidays or every day. You can work towards your goals for a fulfilling, satisfying life. You can actually achieve those goals if you keep them in focus.
Thank you for coming to Square Pennies. You are keeping me mindful of my most important values. I have learned to focus on my longer term goals rather than short-term accumulation of luxuries.
Yes, I still like deals, but I don’t go looking for them as a hobby like I used to do. Getting an email from one of my favorite retailers with a 45% off code does not send me automatically to their site. It’s like a lure they put in the water and I’m the fish. This fish learned to ignore the bait!
There is nothing wrong with getting good value for your dollar. It’s just smart. When it fits your situation, enjoy that deal! Just keep track of how it’s affecting your budget and rein it in when necessary.
These are good discounts and some are deep discounts. If you need these items it’s a good time to save big! For more tips to find great deals click on any of the tags below this post.
Do you ever get the urge to take advantage of great deals? How do you keep yourself from going off budget? Do you allow yourself a certain amount per month for deals? Please share in the comments what works for you.
Is there anything you still struggle with? Maybe we can help!