5 Questions You Should Ask Before Making a Purchase
Have you ever thought about how much money you spend on groceries? I’m sure you’ve gone through the checkout counter and wished that the total was a little lower. Who knows? Maybe you’ve been proactive about reducing that total. You could easily use coupons in the newspaper or compare prices from local stores.
However, you still have a problem. You need to figure out a way to balance overspending and under buying. You don’t want to spend too much money, but at the same time, you don’t want to buy too little.
Fortunately, you can solve that problem with a few simple questions. If you’re not sure about a purchase, then make sure to ask yourself these five questions before dropping the cash.
Am I actually going to use this?
If you’re never going to use the item, then there’s no point in purchasing it. It’s really that simple. Make sure that you’re going to use everything in your shopping cart. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re going to use the item, then it may be better to wait until you know for sure.
Can I get it cheaper somewhere else?
Always be on the lookout for better deals. Technology has gotten a lot better at helping us find lower prices. If you have a phone that can access the Internet, then use it to figure out if you can find a better deal elsewhere.
Is the item really important enough to buy now?
This is more of a personal preference. I prefer to wait until the last possible second to buy my items because I want to make sure I actually need them. However, if you’re the type of person that prefers to be prepared, then this probably isn’t a question you’re comfortable asking.
Do I really need this much?
If you’re not going to eat all of the food you’re about to buy, then buy a smaller amount. Buy just enough to last you until your next trip to the grocery store. That way, you don’t end up wasting some of it.
Is this an item I already have?
One of the things that bothers me is when I accidentally buy something that I already have. If I’m going to buy bread it’s because I actually need bread. Before you go to the store take a look through your refrigerator and take a careful look at what you need. And remember, ALWAYS stick to the list.