“But it’s on sale.”
Sure it is. And so is everything that has ever been sold and is ever destined for sale. It’s all on sale, but that doesn’t mean you are getting the best deal. So, what on Earth am I talking about?
Everything that has a price tag on it is on sale.
Yet, companies try to lure us in (and successfully do much of the time) with sales and gimmicks to get you through their physical and virtual doors. It’s 80% off! After we raised the price 80%. Or, you know, just charged you 80% too much, to begin with.
If a cute pair of shoes costs $1.00, it’s on sale. If that same pair of shoes costs $100, it’s still on sale. We define a sale as: “The exchange of a commodity for money or the act of selling something.” No matter what you paid, these are all sales.
This doesn’t mean we should never buy things. That would be silly, as well as downright impossible. It means we must grow stronger so we may look past words that try to tempt us to buy things we don’t need. We must decide if the thing we are to buy is truly useful. We need to know if what we are going to buy has a place in our life and if it’s worth the time and money we are going to allot to it.
Minimalism can offer this kind of clarity. You look at advertisements differently, or not at all. You don’t fall for the salesperson and their tactics, nor do you wonder if this is the right buy for you. A minimal life can help provide clarity and help us see the things we truly need or find beautiful. If an item doesn’t fit those criteria, it doesn’t matter if it costs nothing, one dollar, or one hundred dollars.
It’s all on sale, so don’t be fooled.
Do you still want more money? Then check out the book Minimalism & Your Money to stretch your dollar and do more with less.