I know it has been awhile since I’ve been able to take time to breathe and talk to you about how I continue to save money. One of the best tips that I can give you is to set yourself a one day goal to make a mental list of the things you need. Then, once you have that list, it becomes a whole lot easier to keep your eyes peeled for a bargain!
With life always moving so quickly, I have sometimes made impulse purchases because it seems like such a superdeal. Once I return home, however, I find myself dealing with buyers remorse because the “superdeal” doesn’t actually meet any actually needs!
So I decided to sit down and actually think about what I needed – whether it be clothing, household items or anything else, I pondered what exactly I was looking for and what it might even look like when I found it.
It’s amazing how much easier it can make seeing a “bargain” and recognizing it truly isn’t a bargain for you! And, on the flip side, when you spot an item from your mental list of wants and needs, it is a great feeling!
An example presented itself a few weeks ago. One of the items on my mental list was something to help our place smell fresher and brighter. I knew that I wanted something with a natural scent and a sweet smell would be a definite plus.
On a trip out with a friend, she mentioned that she wanted to go into Yankee Candles. I’d never been there before so I just assumed the store had candles and that was it.
And the result? As you can see from my receipt, I paid less than $20 for a Scent Light and 4 packets of Scent Refills (which last at least 1 month each). And I saved over $52!
By taking one day and making the mental list of items needed I was able to find a bargain. It’s a tactic that sounds simple but often gets overlooked and it truly can make a huge financial difference in helping you get the things you truly want!