Walking through Target the other night was certainly interesting. For one; I haven’t been in a Target store for probably over a year. Secondly, I have never been so enticed to the “deals” as I was last night! I don’t know what the deal was, but I was having a hard time focusing on the real reason we were in the store: to look for a birthday present for my niece.
As I walked the aisles, I couldn’t help but notice many items that I desperately needed, conveniently placed on all the end caps with shiny red stickers proclaiming “75% off!”. I believed it was divine intervention. Surely I needed some of these things. After all, they were 75% off. Why not get them when they are a good deal? I could use this new plastic cover with rhinestones for my Motorola Razr. It was only $3. Great deal! Into the basket it went. I saw Clorox Green Works cleaners for 50% off. As I made a bee line over to the display, Mr. Money touched my shoulder and asked why I was headed over there.
“Because it’s a good deal! Look at how much money we’ll be saving! It’s normally $4, and it’s now only $2.” I replied.
He looked at me like I was crazy, and said:
“But you make all of our cleaning products, so why would you need those?”
I stopped, dead in my tracks and realized how stupid I probably came across to him. He was right. Why would I buy cleaning products that we don’t use just because they are on sale? It was at that point I looked in our basket, realized I had thrown things in there I didn’t need, reached down, removed the items and put them back on the shelf. I was almost embarrassed I put that rhinestone cover in my basket. I realize now that this is why I hate going in stores. I’m not immune to the sales, and I’m certainly not exempt from consumerism. I’m just glad that I didn’t walk out of there with a bunch of “sale” items. That would have been money thrown down the drain. Lessons learned, right?
How do you stop yourself from purchasing things you really don’t need?