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.
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.