I love a deal. Some people think that women are self-deprecating when their response to a compliment is to say, “Oh these? I got them on clearance for $20.” Me, I am excited and proud of my ability to save a buck. Take, for example, my five-year-old daughter. She just learned to ride a two-wheeler. She needed a new bike, and I am sort of a bike snob and didn’t want her riding just any old bike. I also didn’t want to spend $200 on the bike that I wanted her to have.
I stalked Craig’s list for a good used bike. I was shocked at the amount of money that people were asking for bikes that were not any good. I found one possibility, only to learn it had already been sold. As a last-ditch effort, I looked on eBay, and I found exactly the bike I wanted her to have. It was the price I wanted to spend. And then I saw it- Local Pickup Only. I almost didn’t even click on it to see where the local pickup would be, but I did. It was in Wixom. I think I did a happy dance.
I emailed the owner to see if we could meet on a day that I was already driving through that area. He was available and would be glad to sell me the bike. I just saved another $20 on gas! So I got the bike I wanted, spent less than a third of what it would cost new, and combined the pick-up with another trip and spent nothing on the gas. Score!
Best of all, the bike is a huge hit.
What about saving makes you excited? Is it seeing your accounts grow? Do you brag about a great deal? Getting more excited about saving than spending can put you in a great place financially. It can change your outlook on wants versus needs. It also will make your purchases very conscious purchases instead of frivolous.