We are thankful for weekend sale at the mall. Yesterday, we attempted to go to a nearby mall having a biennial sale but tough luck, all roads were leading to that particular place and we didn’t attempt to even try entering the parking lot.
We may not have bought all the things we need for tomorrow’s school opening but we got the big (and more expensive stuff like bags and shoes) stuff covered. I like to think we do “wise spending” because of the following:
- we only buy what we really, really need based on a list, written or mentally remembered
- we wait for the list of things to buy that the school gives so that we do not overbuy nor get things we won’t actually be needing
- we spend a little more on essential and everyday things like bags for heavy books, shoes as well as those packed food essentials like food containers (do not scrimp on these especially because you usually put hot food and if the container is made of cheap plastic, who knows what toxic chemicals it releases). Getting these things at a bigger cost is inexpensive than getting these for less the cost and less quality which means you buy another bag because the bag strap broke or the shoe sole disintegrated.
- we take note of the leftover school things we have so we don’t get the same things. So far we still have brown envelopes and paper folders as well as erasers, pencils and pad papers from last year’s school supplies at home. Not to mention manila paper, illustration boards, bond papers and colored art papers.
- we do not get easily distracted with other items on sale be these fancy cute non-essential things, and I also try not to go in a hardware store during sale season ( my fave store I admit and I love looking at paint patches, gardening tools, even look online for handles at reidsupply.com)
Do you spend wisely? You should because as our parents used to say, money doe not grow on trees