Konmari is Helping Me Break My Bargain Shopping Addiction

Breaking My Bargain Shopping Addiction, Part 1
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Breaking My Bargain Shopping Addiction, Part 1
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If anyone really knows me, they’ll know I’m a couponer. I LOVE a good deal and if I can get something for free, I often do. But going through Konmari is changing all that. I’m finding it difficult to buy things that are on sale because I have to ask myself if buying that item sparks joy. Most times it does not. I did a “deal” a few weekends ago and shortly after I got home, I started to regret it.

The deal revolved around getting 2 boxes of trash bags (we only had cheap ones that did NOT spark joy) and other cleaning supplies. The deal required spending $40 to get $10 off with a store coupon but it also allowed manufacturer’s coupons and other store coupons. I went in expecting to get only essentials – trash bags, toilet paper, and paper towels. But when I realized that the coupon I had for toilet paper was expired, I went off book. I had printed coupons for Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles and Glade – all of which were included in the $10 off $40 deal. So I ended up buying 2 Windex wipes, 2 bottles of Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner, 2 boxes of Glad Forceflex trash bags (these *do* spark joy because they’re awesome!), a Glade scented wax melter and a pack of wax melts.

Now to the average person this doesn’t sound like I went overboard or anything. But when you consider that I already had Windex spray and bathroom cleaner at home, it does point out a problem. I overspend on things just to get a “deal.” I buy things that I don’t really need so that I can save money on another item that I do need. In the end, I spend more than I would have if I simply purchased the item I needed at full price or just waited for a sale on that particular item.

My coupon binder - I have already KM'd most of the coupons and have repurposed the binder because it does bring me joy, just not as a coupon binder.
My coupon binder – I have already KM’d most of the coupons and have repurposed the binder because it does bring me joy, just not as a coupon binder.

The guilt I felt when I got home made me realize that I need to always ask myself if an item sparks joy. If I had done that, I would have stopped to think about whether I was buying just to get a deal or if I was buying something useful and joy sparking (yes, useful items can spark joy when you consider how you’d feel without the item).

Today was another test of my new attitude towards shopping – we went yard sale shopping. We ended up going to 4 yard sales and I did not buy a single thing. Then we went to a few thrift stores and you know what I purchased? A single pair of pants for my husband and we only bought those because he said he loved them and they were super comfortable (aka joy-sparking).

Tomorrow will be yet another test of my new shopping habits. Target’s ad will have a coupon that gives you a $10 gift card when you spend $50 on groceries. They are also having a sale on eggs (99 cents a dozen), butter ($2.50 per pound), and cream cheese ($1.50 per brick) – these are all things we buy regularly so I’m thinking about trying to work out a deal for tomorrow. However, I am going in knowing that I will only purchase things that we use on a regular basis and if it doesn’t work, I will walk away with only the items we need and will not try to force the “deal.” I will update with what happens when we get home.

Has Konmari changed how you shop? If so, how?


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6 Comments

  1. KonMari really changed my perspective on buying things. Because in all honesty most of the things I found with coupons weren’t products or food I or my family particularly loved. I saved more money by stopping couponing and just buying what we loved and only keeping one at a time.

    1. I found the same thing. Now I just print out coupons when I need to buy something. Most coupons are available all the time. For example, Brita has a $3 off coupon for filters on their website if you sign up for filter reminders. That’s been going on for awhile because I signed up for it the last time we needed filters and now 6 months later, Phillip signed up to get the coupon. $3 off something we were definitely going to buy anyway. That’s a much better way to coupon, IMO.

  2. Hi, this is the first time i have across a post like this. It happens to me all the time, sometimes when i make plans to buy items that i need as soon i enter the shopping mall i always end up buying extra items that i don’t need only because there’s a discount on the price. And i always regret it, now i have decided to make a list of items i need before doing any shopping i just hope it works.

  3. Hi, I’ve been reading through your KonMari journey. I’m just starting mine and lots of things resonate.

    With KonMari my whole outlook has changed. If I have sufficient products for Right Now, then I have enough.

    I only buy what I need. I don’t buy for “just in case”.

    I’ve saved thousands just buying what I need. I’m from the UK, I order my shopping on line, I meal plan and it’s fabulous. I always save more than the shopping deliver charge because I know what I’ve ordered is exactly what I need for the week.

    That feeling is priceless!

    Why don’t you & your husband set yourself a challenge and stop speculative shopping for a month, so only buy what you need.

    Think of the time you will save! Think of all the fun things you can do instead of shopping or being online looking for coupons – or however you do the coupon thing!

    Do something that gives you both joy instead!

    You look absolutely fabulous BTW, very inspirational weight loss!

    1. This is such a great idea! I am going to try to do this, buying only items I need right now (like food and toilet paper) and nothing else. I think that will help a lot!

      And thank you so much for the compliment on my weight loss. 🙂

  4. I love your honesty and candidness about buying something you don’t need just to get the deal. I too have done that more than I can count. Something I try to remember is a piece of advice I read in a book about simplifying your life: ask yourself, “would I still want this if it were full price?” 90% of the time I put it back on the shelf.

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