Monday, September 24, 2012

The Sale Incident

While it is true that the best way to get our money’s worth is by going to mall sales, it influences us to splurge more in the long run and to purchase items we could do without.

Based from personal experience, I was calculating the discount that I would get from buying an item versus getting it at a regular price. But was I really able to save?

Before guilt creeps in, ask yourself these questions:

  1. New Stock or Old Stock - Some stores go on sale to replace old items with their up and coming collection
  2. Trendproof - Will it only last you this season? Or will you be able to use it for a couple of months or so?
  3. Mix-and-Match - Will you be able to use it with other items in your closet? Can you dress it up in different ways?
  4. Wearability - Can you go formal and then casual next? Will you be able to use it more than once?
  5. Need vs. Want – Do you like it because it’s cute? Or do you need it for something you have to attend?
  6. Opportunity Cost – Will you be able to find a similar item the next time you are on a trip to the mall? If you let it pass, will it be gone forever?
Be a smart shopper. I just did and I was able to save moolah on an item I really don’t need. ◘

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