As human beings, it can be easy for one to buy products simply because they are on offer or because you can afford them. Sometimes, we buy them because we think we need them and cannot have enough of them. What we do not realize is that we end up spending so much money on products that will either end up giving us little to no use while eating up space in our already small apartment. Others may even end up as environmental hazards. Below are 7 things that I no longer buy and why:
1. Products on Sale
I have worked as a sales person before and I know that when a company is having a massive sale going on, the main reason I to clear those products off the shelves. They could be wanting to get these products off the market and replace them with new, better ones. Sometimes, the said products on sale could be nearing expiry dates and so instead of letting the company suffer the loss, they dump the effect on you as the consumer.
Disclaimer: Not all products that are on sale are bad products. I know that some companies use sales, offers and discounts as a marketing tool. As a consumer, just be sane and vigilant when you see a sale sign.
2. Trendy Pieces & Fast Fashion
I must admit that I am a fashionable girl-if I do so say myself. However, you will never see me buying and rocking a product that is the talk of town. This is for 2 main reasons; 1, when a product is a hotcake, it tends to be overpriced. This is because everyone wants to have them and look ahead of the game. 2, I always want to have time and see if it is the right quality and if it is a necessary purchase. By the time all the hype dies down, the product will be less than half the price and I will have made up my mind if I really want it or not.
3. Bottled Water
I understand that water is life. Still, don’t you have this in mind when you leave the house every day? I stopped myself from buying bottled water that only enables me to get one use out of it to carrying water in my water bottle. I get to decant water from the water dispenser into my water bottle. This saves me from having numerous plastic bottles that end up as environmental hazards.
4. Multiples of the same Item
Most girls tend to have similar pieces of the same outfit. If you ask them, they mostly, they do not have a favorite out of this pile. I came to realize that it is better to spend ksh.3,000 on one quality pair of jeans that have 20 similar cheap pairs of jeans that don’t fit right and don’t bring me joy. I advise you to do the same. Thank me later.
5. Impulse Purchases
This is a hard one to cut out for most people. You be walking around town minding your business then a beautiful pair of shoes invites you for a fit. Before you realize it, you will have spent the ksh.1500 that was meant to buy you food for the rest of the week. This is how you unceremoniously end up in loaning apps like Tala and Branch. These days, I budget for things I need. This does not mean that I do budget to the last coin. I just make sure that I don’t make impulse purchases on money that had other uses.
6. Special Occasion Outfits and Shoes
Events and occasions have sort of become a fashion competition. Everyone wants to arrive looking their best, with paparazzi taking a few shots of them with their best feet forward. With this, people feel the need to buy outfits specifically for the event. While this looks like the only thing to do, I advise that you only buy outfits and shoes which will enable you to get multiple wear out of them. If you already have outfits that can be used for that occasion, be creative with them. Something like a belt or a scarf can make an otherwise basic outfit to stand out.
7. Excess Décor & Art Supplies
This is pretty much self-explanatory. If you love to fill up your space with décor and art pieces, you may find yourself buying pieces that look artsy and unique but ones that don’t really fit your theme (if you have any). You may later find out that these pieces just end up gathering dust. I would advise you to only buy pieces you want. Don’t buy a mirror just because they are on offer. Make sure that it is a necessary piece in your décor before you get to the counter to pay for it.