Amazon Prime Days, Black Friday and Sales - Avoid Overspending

Amazon Prime Days, Black Friday, Summer Sales, Back-To-School Sales, Semi-Annual've heard of them all. You are bombarded almost daily with someone pushing some type of "sale" you just can't miss out on.

We can't be the only ones though thinking that most of the items that are in these sales really aren't that great. We know you can find some great deals in some sales if you're in the market for a new computer, an Amazon device, an iPad, or even a vacuum. However, Prime Days reminded us just how much pushing a "sale" can't tempt buyers to bust your budget on items you really don't need or even want.

Amazon Prime Day 2019 kicked off 48 hours of sales Monday morning, but not everything on the site was on sale or frankly even a bargain. When taking some time to look through the site, honestly most items didn't even tempt us. The main items or major "deals" seemed to be what it was around Black Friday: TVs, some electronics, vacuums, KitchenAids, etc., a lot of the same old things. However, each year consumers are convinced that they need to take part in these "shopping events". Here are some tips to avoid buying things in seasonal sales or just when shopping on a regular basis and feel good while shopping and on your path to financial freedom.

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Don't Assume The One Retailer Has The Best Prices

Just because a product is on sale doesn't mean that's the best price you'll see all year. You should shop around and see if the item is cheap. Target ran competing sales on the exact same days. So, look through Target, Walmart, Apple and see if Amazon or the site running the sale is truly the cheapest.

Stop Making Impulse Purchases

One of the best tips for avoiding busting a budget, whether during a sale or anytime you are shopping is to avoid impulse purchases. A great tip for this is to place the items into your cart and...wait. I know this can be tough, because most consumers love the instant gratification of sale shopping. However, really putting thought into what you are buying can make you feel great, both in your wallet and and to ease your mind in general.

Know What You Own

Take time to organize what you own by going through and getting rid of items you no longer wear, like, are dated, faded or looking very used, or expired. Once things are organized and you know what you have, it will be easier to really know when you "need" something. You may already have what you think you need to purchase.

Avoid Shopping When You're Bored or Depressed

Hitting the stores when you aren't feeling great, or are just plain bored can result in buying more things you simply don't need or even want. Instead try doing things are free or inexpensive or that you enjoy such as taking a bubble bath, browsing the library for a good book or movie, exercising, or inviting a friend over for coffee and to hang out.

Bring a List

Whether you go to the grocery store, the mall or shop online, take the time to make a list of the things you need. Then stay focused and only buy the items on your list. See something else you think you need? Go home, check what you have, and make certain you do need it. You can always go back or back online the next day to buy it.

Watch Where You Shop

When it is time to go grocery shopping, go to a grocery store. When shopping for groceries at stores like Walmart, Target and the warehouse stores, the temptation to pile non-grocery items into the cart can be too much for even frugal shoppers. You may want to take part in the ship to home options or Drive Up/Pick Up options if they are available near you to stick to your budget.

Remember: You Don't Need It Today

If you allow yourself time to think about your purchases, you may end up realizing the items are not necessary today or that you even want it. Put the items on hold, leave them at the store until the following day, put them in your online shopping cart and come back the next day, week or even month and decide if you still want them.


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