Tip #8: Just because it's a bargain doesn't mean you have to buy it.
I know...you're thinking, "Thank you, Captain Obvious."This time of year, it seems that everything is being clearanced out to make room for next season's merchandise. Those boxes of lighted garland seem like a great deal on Target's 90% off Christmas shelves for only $1.99, but seriously, who's going to put that stuff up next year? I don't know...that's why I'm sitting on four brand new boxes from last year. Yep, $8 wracked up in some beautiful nicely boxed lit garland.
Then there are those grocery items that are *free* or nearly free with a coupon. But seriously, are you really going to eat six bottles of Frank's Hot Sauce before they expire? I didn't buy those. The Coupon Mom had a spot on the news today showing her amazing skills at buying $100 worth of groceries and paying only 25 cents. Unfortunately, as I watched her items scanning, it looked to me like she was getting a whole lot of nothing. Tons of over processed meal kits packed with sodium and bottles of all sorts of weird sauces and dressings. Yes, she was right--anyone can save that much in coupons. Just consider the usefulness of an item before jumping in just because there is a coupon.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm all about a good bargain. I'm also all about being a good steward of what God has given us. I've not yet arrived in this area--but I'm learning. Coupons are awesome--use them for healthy, wise options that you know will benefit your family. Christmas clearances are tons of fun--use them for a few fun additions,
Happy Bargain Hunting!