Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thrifty Thursday!

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,

(like this cute $2 little pink lighted church that Cloe had been eying)
not as an entry into a Chevy Chase Christmas Lights Competition.

Happy Bargain Hunting!

3 comments:

Mandolin said...

Londa, I was watching the coupon lady on the news as well... and couldn't agree more. She does seem to get GREAT low prices - but rarely is it things healthy or worth having. ( I mean, unless you are doing some SERIOUS donation to a homeless shelter or something)
Love the pink church!

Elizabeth said...

You're right, this is obvious - but we forget it all the time!!! I have a friend whose father is seriously a hoarder about stuff. He goes to the store EVERY DAY and buys whatever in on sale in bulk. I'm not joking. I've been to his house and there are ROOMS full of things. Their guest bathroom tub is FULL of stuff up to the ceiling. It is CRAZY! Even when he is buying good deals on good stuff - he'll but 10 250-packs of paper plates and then have to store them for years. It was crazy. So, there's the hoarding aspect too. (I like the show Hoarders on A&E!). So, we have a rule in our house that for every new thing we bring in, one has to be tossed/donated/regifted. It's taken us to the Salvation Army a lot lately! Thanks for the good reminder! (sorry so long)

une autre mère said...

I got that same pink church for the girls' room! They were uber-excited!

And hey, I DO use my cheap pre-lit garland from Target! Was that a slam at me....? ;)

I also saw the coupon mom and thought the same thing! Crazy!! I follow the Money Saving Mom blog and love it, but I don't do the Walgreens stuff because the majority of it is stuff we would never ever use. So why have it around the house? Although I do know some ladies up here in A-town that get stuff for free and then sell it on garage sales. Sounds like way too much work to me.

Have I written as much as Liz yet?