There’s something about seeing that red “discount” mark on a price tag that just makes people go nuts. I am hugely guilty of buying a new pair of shoes or ceramic teapot (that I truly don’t need as I already have 5!!) simply because the price tag says, “$49.99 slashed out to $25.00 slashed out to $14.99). Even though I have no business buying this said item, I feel like I must. Here’s a peak into my thought process when I see that red line…I mean, I’d be foolish to pass up SUCH a good deal wouldn’t I?, I better snatch it up before someone else does! or Holy cow, they must have JUST marked this down…it was meant for me to buy for sure.
I’m going to be a bit of a hypocrite here when I tell you to ask yourself three simple questions…
What will I use it for?
Where will I put it?
Why do I want it?
That last question is key. If you ask yourself “why do I want it?” for a few rounds, you get down to the core pretty quick. For instance…I was at Anthropologie last week (FYI - Tuesday is their mark down day ladies) and I saw the cutest Rifle Paper Co stationary set that was marked down 50% off. I instantly grabbed it up and walked around the store with it while I continued shopping. While in line to check out I thought to myself,
- “Why do I want this?” = to write letters of course
- “But why do you need more letter sets when you have at least 25 in your desk?” = because these are adorable and you never know when you might need them.
- “Sure, but why do you think you need more?” = because you never know who you’ll be writing a letter to and I need to be prepared.
- “Why do you need to write so many letters” = because I enjoy sending and receiving things in the mail.
- “Why?” = because both my grandmothers sent me handwritten notes each month while I was in College.
BINGO – I just hit the core as to why I have a constant need to snatch up every cute piece of stationary I see, because it ties me to my grandmothers. If you play this “why” game and get to no purpose other than, just because, I’d tell you to put that item down because you most likely will regret it a week later.
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