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Are we all gullible or just greedy?
Member Name: catsholiday
Advantages: You might get a genuine bargain
Disadvantages: You might over spend
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
REALLY? Does anyone really do this or is this all advertising hype?
In the last couple of years since i retired i have discovered that if you keep out of the shops that you spend far less. It seems obvious I know but if I went into the shopping centre I always spent money on things that seemed a bargain or were things I couldn't live without or was something that might be good for so and so. Some of these purchases were great and others turned out to be less that wonderful. I hate to think of how much money i have wasted on impulse shopping over the years.
Christmas this years has been very easy for us, not cheap but very easy. We have given hotel stays to each couple and so have only had to buy a few smaller items and toys for the grandchildren. Because of this i have kept out of the shops pretty much pre Christmas until my son arrived from Canada and wanted to buy some things that he knew were cheaper here than in Canada. I can honestly say I have not been greatly tempted whilst on these visits except by Lush of course and even then I only bought something for his girlfriend and got some sample.
Boxing Day rather oddly didn't have us all rushing for the sales. Why would you rush to the shops when you could spend the time enjoying your time with family. I do think we have become very obsessed with possessions and have forgotten that spending time playing games and sharing food and just talking with each other is so much more important in the long run that if you have found a skirt for half price.
OKAY we relented and went into the shops on the 28th and even then i only went with my son and his girlfriend as she wanted to buy some art brushes. Both she and I were drawn into Lush and spent around £20 each but the woman in front of me had a basket full of Lush gift boxes and other things all half price but even so her bill must have been well over £150 and possibly even £200, many were gifts for family she said. They have only just had Christmas for goodness sake. I am a big fan but really how can you justify spending that much of luxuries just a few days after Christmas?
I do really think we are being brainwashed into thinking we must rush out and spend by all the adverts and hype in the media. We are becoming like sheep and when the idea of shopping is put in the mind we all rush out and spend.
I suppose if i was really organised i would go out and buy things that could be used as gifts for others throughout the year but the trouble is I like to buy gifts that people want not something that might do. I listen to what my family say and what they are interested in and then buy something that fits with that at the time. Toys for children might well not be what they want in a year's time, Lush products would be out of date! Toiletries generally do not keep for that long at their best and books I choose based on the person's taste and interest at the time. We already have all the decorations we need that we carefully put away for each year so why buy more? No I think buying for the next year is false economy.
The other danger with sales is that you get drawn into buying something because it is a bargain. It might be something you don't need or would not have otherwise bought so in fact it is not a saving in that you have spent money you might not have otherwise spent. Martin Lewis on his site says :
"ARE YOU SKINT? Ask yourself - Do I need it? Can I afford it?
NOT SKINT? Ask yourself - Will I use it? Is it worth it?"
I now do exactly that. I am not skint but all four questions should be asked in my view. We should NOT waste money as so many are really struggling it seems really bad taste to throw money away on unnecessary stuff to clutter up your house or wardrobe just because it is cheaper than it was two weeks ago
So did I shop till I dropped? NO I certainly didn't. I prefer to spend my money wisely and instead of things my husband and I treated ourselves to a few days in Iceland at the end of January. We don;t need any more things to gather dust in our house as we are trying to downsize so our children don't have a house full of junk to clear out when we move on.
I do hope that the retail businesses have made enough to keep going in these hard economic times but I also hope that families have not put themselves into more debt than they can cope with in order to have a Christmas and then hopefully did not go and spend again just after the most expensive time of year. I wish they would have the sales in February /March when people might have had a chance to recoup a little and make it an end of winter sale. The problem is that the shops are constantly having sales so we get bombarded with 'Spend, spend , spend' all year round now.
As far as I am concerned and really most people I know also feel the same, young and old, these sales are hyped up adverts to get us to spend again just after our pockets are empty from Christmas shopping. You might get a bargain but just really ask "Do I need this?" and "Can I really afford it?" before you rush out and buy a whole pile of stuff that will just sit in the wardrobe or sit around the house gathering dust. It isn't a bargain if it means you are spending money you would not have been spending had it not been cheap!
Thanks for reading. this review may be on other sites under my same username.
Summary: You may well spend more money than you need to on stuff you don't need