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IS IT REALLY A BARGAIN?
Are you one of those people who can spot a garage sale a mile away, find the store with the least expensive gallon of milk, or grab the last sweater your size on the bottom of a sale pile? If so, you've earned the "Bargain Hunter of the Year" away---Maybe… Take time to consider if your bargain is really a bargain.
If you're at a garage sale, you might find just the item you need for your camping trip or a beautiful jacket someone else has outgrown. But if you fill your trunk with someone else's junk, stuff you now will have to store somewhere, is it really a bargain? And if you spend your entire day, one day a week driving around to garage sales, have you ever stopped to consider what your "savings" cost you in time?
What about the store who advertises the low prices on milk? It's fine if you plan to do all your shopping there because you find overall good prices on items you need. But, if you save 50 cents on milk, then spend an extra $5.00 on things that are overpriced or items you spontaneously pick up, but don't need, have you really saved? Plus take time to consider how much time and gasoline you use driving all over town for the lowest prices on a few items here, and a few items there. Take time to calculate your overall savings.
So, what about that bargain sweater? Do you need it? Is it something you can wear with slacks you already own? Will you end up spending a fortune on the other items you'll need to complete the outfit?
Before you make any purchase, ask yourself, "Do I need it? How often will I use it? Is it worth taking space in my drawer to store it?"
A bargain is no bargain if you don't need it!
posted on: 5/24/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.