Everyone loves a good deal, right? Whether you’re negotiating a lower price for a car, or scouring the clearance rack for the perfect pair of jeans, getting the item you want at a low price feels rewarding. But have you ever found a great deal for something that you didn’t need? Maybe it was something you weren’t even looking for.
So you’ve found a great deal. It’s something you weren’t looking for. Something you probably don’t really need. The price is so good that you feel like you should just buy it.
What you’ve found is not a great deal after all. You’ve found an excuse to spend money that you never intended to spend. Will you be better off with this new item, or with the money in your pocket to put towards something else, like getting out of debt or adding to your savings?
It doesn’t matter how good of a deal it is. If you don’t need the item, and you weren’t even looking for it in the first place, then you shouldn’t spend money on it. When scenarios like this arise, it can be hard to walk away, but that’s usually the right choice. It’s always good to try using the 10-second rule when faced with a tough spending decision.
You never know when you might stumble upon a great deal. Just be sure that it makes sense for you and your budget before you spend your hard-earned cash.