I read a lot about avoiding sale shopping. Sales goggles, quantity over quality, throwaway wardrobe. Negative connotations. I have a different viewpoint. I don’t think sales are bad at all, if you have a plan. If there is intent behind your shopping, you are using the sales to your advantage, not the other way around.
Yesterday before heading out to meet a friend, I browsed on the computer quickly before leaving the house. Lo and behold, a wool coat I’d had bookmarked was on sale. I did not hesitate to snap it up. This coat was bookmarked for weeks. There was no impulse purchase or sales goggles factor. I fully intended on buying exactly this coat – when I could afford it. That meant either a) next year when my budget refreshed, b) as a gift with Christmas money or c) if it went on further sale. I’ll admit I did not expect it to go down in price. I was fully willing to wait it out until my budget or funds caught up with its cost.
Now, sometimes in waiting you risk it selling out. I used to think I was just lucky, but now I realize what I am is persistent. And patient. And willing to balance the risk of missing out with the possibility of getting a good deal. It also helps to remind ourselves that there will be another fabulous coat to find next year. This is not THE only coat out there for me.
Although I decided on this particular coat several weeks ago, I’d planned on a bright colored wool coat months and months ago. It was part of the plan all along. Sitting in the sweltering heat in FL I was imagining coming home to Tahoe snow this fall and knew my coat wardrobe lacked color. Heck, I’d looked for a purple one the year before, but struck out. It had been on the list a loooong time. Bottom line, this was as far from an impulse buy as you could get.
Sale shopping is not bad. Shopping without a plan, and letting the sales influence you to buy something you don’t want or need, is!
How do you approach sales? Are they off-limits to you or do you use them to your advantage? Do you stalk like I do?