Have you fallen victim to the deal website trap? Every day I get more than a dozen emails from deal websites, and every day I delete, delete, delete often without reading them. I don’t have time to scour each one. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been tempted and even bought several times. And of those purchases, I have come to at least somewhat regret several.
Like the boxwood wreaths I got from Decor Steals or Antique Farmhouse (not sure which), that were smaller than I imagined. I wound up using one in my bedroom and love it there, but I’m supposed to be spritzing it with water regularly…and I don’t. I didn’t research preserved boxwood prior to buying it (because it was an impulse purchase which deal site purchases often are), and taking care of plants is not a strong suit of mine. The smaller one is still in the box.
Most recently I got a vintage grain sack from Decor Steals. Don’t get me wrong, I love grain sacks and have several ideas for it. But the color wasn’t something I could choose (you got what you got), and it wasn’t my first choice. The stripe color is leading to hesitation in using it. Besides that I didn’t read closely enough and thought I was getting two, so the deal wasn’t as good as I initially thought. (Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE Decor Steals and the stuff they have. But clearly I’m easily tempted by their site and there are more than two examples of items I’ve fallen victim to.)
That’s not to say I haven’t gotten good deals and purchases that I’ve been happy with. But more-often-than-not it’s been a source of unnecessary impulse shopping.
After reading Jillian’s blog post today where she shared advice from Dave Ramsey (21 Things to Stop Wasting Money On…it’s a good post!), I decided that I should unsubscribe from most of those sites. I realized I wouldn’t really be missing out on anything crucial, and instead would avoid the temptation to buy something I hadn’t planned to get otherwise. If I need to find a deal on something that I’m LOOKING for, I can still go on those sites…I just won’t get the emails.
The sites I unsubscribed from today:
Beyond the Rack
Coach Outlet (never been a huge fan and since I LOVE my purse I don’t need to even look!)
TripAdvisor (we don’t travel that often anyway so it was just clogging up my inbox)
Doen’t want to get rid of them all? I understand. I kept:
Pick Your Plum (They often have cute craft supplies at a great price, and some things that I can’t otherwise seem to find. I just got Faith a couple stocking hats for less than $4 each and they’re adorable.
Decor Steals (Just can’t part with them just yet. I’m aware of my tendency to shop unnecessarily from them, and if that doesn’t deter me, then I’ll go ahead and cancel.)
Those are the two sites I actually consistently read emails from, so I guess that means I find their stuff valuable enough to my life and also genuinely good deals at the same time.
Most deal sites have the option of receiving emails less-frequently, like weekly instead of daily. You can also specify which topics you want emails about, rather than getting every.single.email.they.send. But if you really NEED something…if you really want to find a deal…you can just search their websites WHEN you need it rather than be tempted every day to buy something you didn’t plan on! Try cancelling. You will likely find you don’t really miss the emails or the deals, and if you truly do, you can subscribe again!