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A Deal isn't a Deal if you don't need it!

I’m sure you’ve noticed all the stores closing their doors these days. While it’s a sad statement of our economy, it can be very beneficial for us consumers. However, don’t be fooled by the sandwich boards on the street corner claiming “Everything Must Go! 50% off Entire Store!”

Just around the corner, we have a Macy’s and a Circuit City closing down. While it’s true that they are selling everything, I’ve noticed that many of the prices don’t come close to the savings you’d see at a typical Macy’s One Day Sale, for example. Seriously, would you really pay $76 for a little girl’s dress, even with 30% off? Most of the prices I’ve seen at this stage of the game come nowhere close to the great prices you’d find after Thanksgiving or Christmas.

That being said, if you are going to venture into these sales, know what you’re looking for. It’s easy to get seduced by the big SALE signs hanging everywhere and everyone fighting for that last Martha Stewart handbook sitting on the shelf. All of a sudden, you find yourself thinking, “I never knew I needed a Martha Stewart handbook, but now that I might never be able to get it again and lots of other people want it, I better fight for it!”  Trust me, don’t do it.

My advice can be summed up in two words: RESEARCH & REPLACE
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Research online before going so you know what brand is best and what price is fair.  
*Only buy what you need to replace. If you ripped your favorite gray hoodie, go ahead and buy a new one. But make sure you throw the old one away and don’t go buying three more in a variety of colors – the deal then ceases to exist!

We’re all looking for a deal these days, but it’s only a real deal if you’re spending a lot less on something you were already planning on buying anyway. Just my thoughts for this Saturday night…