Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

What will you still own a decade later?

January 18, 2013 5 comments

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I’ve got a challenge for you.  Look around your room and think about what possessions you will still own 10 years form now.

It seems like a relatively easy task, since those of us who consider ourselves frugal always try to buy consumer goods that are built to last the long haul.

The answer to this question may surprise you.  I know it was a shock to me.  Most of my possessions probably wont be here in 10 years.  This is a really useful strategy when shopping.  Ask yourself, is this going to be around in a decade?

It’s worth paying attention to those items that will last a decade.  So here’s what I found.

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My CostCo Investment: 6 months later

January 16, 2013 10 comments

We hear so many iterations of “Savings, Savings, Savings!” from various retailers trying to convince consumers to spend more and more.  But aren’t there some deals that actually make sense?

For a long time I’ve wondered about a membershipa at CostCo, so I decided to prove it.  As you probably know, I love spreadsheets so I documented my purchases vs the equivalent price at a few local grocery stores.  Here’s how it all worked out!

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Just when I thought I was immune to impulse shopping…

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the past 12 months, I have developed an almost monk-like discipline when it comes to buying unnecessary consumer goods.  I purchase only what I need and have room for in the budget.  Each time I resist a purchase I give myself man-points for not letting silly desires control my actions.

I purchased the “Fitbit One” the other day in a moment of budget-busting weakness.  It’s a great product (more about that later), yet I’m unable to financially justify my purchase…

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Black Friday is a Zero-Sum Game (my annual rant)

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Before a gaggle of deal hungry (turkey fattened) consumers head out this Black Friday to be disappointed by mediocre “deals” at big box stores, I wanted to pause and think about the net impact of this genuinely capitalist tradition.

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