This happened to me at the mall the other day. I was walking past a children’s clothing store and saw a huge sign in the window that said “50% off already reduced merchandise”. Even though I had not gone to the mall to buy children’s clothes, I went into the store anyway. Their plan worked – they got me into the store! I didn’t buy anything (everything was over-priced), but still, they accomplished what they had set out to do, which was to get me into their store.
I wouldn’t say that you should avoid all SALE signs, but if you honestly don’t need anything from the store where the sale sign is hanging – walk away. If can be a huge hit to your wallet if you buy something that you didn’t need, just because it was a good deal.
Even though I wasn’t planning on buying children’s clothing yesterday, there are a few pieces that Elliott needs, so that’s why I checked out the sale. If he didn’t need anything, I would have kept on walking. I’m not saving money if I’m buying every single sale item that I see!
I must admit that I’m a huge sucker for SALE signs (or more specifically – CLEARANCE signs), but I have enough willpower to avoid purchasing items we do not need. However, I am always thinking about ways that the purchase could work out in our favour…
A $3 lawn chair (regular $25)? We don’t need one… but could we give this as a gift? Who would appreciate a gift like this? Perhaps we could sell it for $5? Would that be worth the hassle of lugging it all the way home?
Most of the time, we put the sale item back on the shelf – but there have been times that the item is not only a great price, but also the perfect gift for a family member on their birthday.