6 Proven Secrets to Stop Impulse Spending at Mega Sales

By | December 28, 2018

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(Last Updated On: March 4, 2019)


What frugal shopping lessons can we learn from a Boxing Day sale? Lots, judging from my recent experience.

I want to share this with you as soon as I can, so that you’ll benefit from my experience. I’ve examined how we avoided unneeded buys, and the strategies we used. Resistance (to spending on bargains) is not futile in this instance!

Find out how this shopping trip had a happy ending.

You can apply these same frugal shopping lessons to other major sale periods like Black Friday Sale, pre-Christmas sales and so on.

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1. Delayed gratification pays off.

Unbeknownst to me, my son had been biding his time. He’d been waiting for a sale. His prize – a headset. Checking out the prices, he had originally settled on a price range of $11 to $13 range.

But upon looking at product reviews, we found that most of the headsets are poor quality – they have a rather high proportion of negative reviews, which make them poor value despite their cheap prices.

How long had he waited for this sale? More than a year!

I was shocked. Here I am, telling others to wait a few days before making purchases. I’d no idea he’d been waiting for so long.

We did research and found a value pair of headsets with great user reviews – its minimum price was $33. We used a price comparison site, and the price dropped from $33 to $29.

This sale was indeed very good, so good that we were lucky to grab the last remaining headset he wanted. Frugal shopping success 🙂

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2. Knowledge is power for frugal shopping.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but on Boxing Day I got caught up in the buying fever. There were throngs of busy shoppers – the atmosphere was charged with excitement and there was a lot of activity. The noise was incredible.

Suddenly, I ‘realized’ I ‘needed’ a kettle, an oven toaster and a vacuum cleaner. Wait a minute! Haven’t I been advocating and practicing all the clever shopping tips?

Credit went to Mr MMT, who saved the day. He knew the prices of no frills kettles, but those on sale – with their design looks and designer colors – had high original prices. Even with discounts, they still cost way more than the usual ones. The prices of the oven toasters were also way higher than typical ones, such that the discounts weren’t good at all!

But the vacuum cleaners were priced very attractively! However, research using his trusty smartphone (bought from AliExpress) showed that the appliances had quite terrible reviews. Also, we have a vacuum cleaner that still works. So, we didn’t buy another one. Frugal shopping success 🙂

3. Having a support person makes frugal shopping possible

With support from each other, we kept asking ourselves whether we needed the items. The answer was no, no and no! Teamwork led to our frugal shopping success 🙂

4. Recognize this shopping paradox

We saw other shoppers hauling off entertainment systems and blenders. Did they spend money on their wants or needs? It wasn’t very easy for us to keep a clear head in the midst of the exciting atmosphere.

If you really need to buy something at a mega sale like Black Friday, make sure that you have a support person go with you. Agree in advance that the visit is to buy just what is needed, at a great discounted price. Agree to stop each other from any unplanned buying of “bargains”.

Recognize this paradox – shoppers spend money in order to save money.

But wait a minute! NOT buying at all means saving ALL your hard earned cash 🙂

5. Compare and compare product prices and reviews to frugal shop

My son headed off to the phones section where everyone was converging on a Huawei phone costing $1,000. He compared the features to his own Leagoo phone (bought from Ali Express) and his phone specs are still better.

So, before you buy what you really need, compare at websites like Google Shopping and Shopzilla to make sure you grab the best possible deal. Remember to check out the user ratings and reviews, not just the prices.

6. Take time away from the madding crowd

On my way in, I saw lots of attractive things on sale! I was tempted by discounted duvet sets costing $186. A set of wall decor pics originally priced at $670 became almost irresistibly priced at $237.

I bet you noticed the retailer trick – show the higher original price to make the discounted price seem like a great buy.

After being stopped by Mr MMT from buying the kettle, mini oven and vacuum cleaner, we decided to relax at a relatively quiet part of the store. It allowed me some time and distance away from the madding crowd and its frenzied atmosphere. After a while, I regained my usual frugal shopping self.

(I did want to buy a set of earphones for myself at only $5, but thankfully I didn’t, as I really didn’t need it 🙂 )

Wrap Up

Yay! We emerged victorious over the discount priced temptations that the store had carefully engineered. We bought only the headset that was needed. The $29-dollar headset was likely among the cheapest items sold that day. Perfect frugal shopping 🙂

What happened to us at the Boxing Day sale taught us that it’s really important to pre-plan our shopping trips, so as not to fall for unneeded “bargains”.

Bargains aren’t bargains if they’re not needed in the first place. Avoiding buying what we want is the key to successful budgeting and a frugal lifestyle – that leads to greater wealth and financial independence.

Thanks for reading this. Tell us about your frugal shopping successes – I’d be happy to know about them.

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