Do you buy more just because it’s a better deal?

Are you interested in how much I spent in Asia for 5 weeks for each category?

Head on over to my Fabulously Broke in the City blog, and check out my budget for Asia 2011 for 5 weeks along with notes and more photographs of my trip in Asia.


A way I cut down on buying what I don’t need is trying to recognize when I am buying more just because it’s on sale.

For instance, we bought some porto the other day to cook with, and we picked up the small bottle for $13, but we lingered over the 50% larger bottle for $2 more.

I mean, 50% more porto for $2 more!? How could you say no?

In the end, we decided all we needed was the small bottle for the food, and extra porto, while nice, was not what we needed. As we were walking home, I thought more about it:

How many times in my life have I bought the larger bottle just because it was a better deal?

Not because I actually needed it?

Sure, it’s just $2, but a few dollars here, a few there… in the end I’m actually SPAVING.

Spaving = Spending to save, like when you see something on sale and you think “I’m saving money if I buy more!”

In the end, you’re just spending extra money for something you don’t need.

If I can just recognize the instinct to want more for cheaper, I can learn how to control my impulse buying and over-purchasing just because it’s a better deal or it’s on sale.

I just need to recognize that I should only buy what I need and can use, and to not buy more just because I can.


About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.