One trend I’ve noticed through the years that has taken a negative turn is the Sale Section in any brick and mortar store. Whether it’s the $3 section by the Target entrance or the enticing end-cap of an aisle, or even the little table in the back of the store that just screams “Buy me, I’m marked down!”
All of this stuff is bursting with potential which 99% of the time is unrealized.
We complicate our lives with “oh, I should get this because it’s on sale even though I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.”
We think we are getting a head start on birthday/ graduation/ holiday shopping.
We think we are smart squirrels storing away inexpensive toothbrushes, socks, packages of Mac n Cheeze that will prevent us from future shopping.
We think we have empty drawers at home that are needing to be filled with something.
And who doesn’t think it’s a good idea to shop on sale. Saving money? Yeah!! Like that’s a no brainer.
Until it means you aren’t using your brain at all. Your drawers and closets are overflowing with the gifts/ toothbrushes/ food/ cleaning products.
You have a closet with too many clothes with the tag on them.
You have excess food in your pantry that is nearing its expiration date.
This sale item isn’t what you’re looking for (cue Obi Wan Kenobi voice) and you have just complicated your life by giving yourself something else to find a home for, organize, clean, get altered, figure out a recipient, etc.
This week: I want you to avoid the sale section.
- Before you go shopping in a brick & mortar store, make a list of what you need to purchase. Even if it’s just 2 items, write it down.
- Check your home inventory first. Make sure you don’t already have these items but in a different location. So often we shop by habit instead of really verifying a specific need. (Trust but verify)
- Seriously, walk on by the sale section. Don’t even glance.
- Buy the items on your list.
- If it’s not on the list, don’t buy it.
This may sound completely draconian and weird. You might be thinking that it’s a giant waste of time if you really do need something that you forgot to write down AND it happens to be on sale. This exercise is all about developing the habit of mindful shopping.
- buying what you need
- not buying what seems like a really good deal because it’s on sale
- shopping for specific purposes
- spending with intention
Avoiding the sale section will 100% save you money because you’re not bringing home something that you didn’t plan on purchasing. It will keep you from shopping on impulse and adding to that already filled closet. You’ll have less stuff to clean, organize, and find a home for. That is #winning if you ask me. 😉