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Well…did you survive Prime Day #1?

Did you impulse buy any great deals?

Or did you skip visiting Amazon.com altogether?

I have to say that I liked one of my blogger friend’s gentle warning yesterday. Nicole from Redeeming Home encouraged her readers to really think through their purchases and only purchase what is necessary. Good advice that leads to no regrets.

On a day that rivals Black Friday, only strictly happening on Amazon.com, it would be easy to buy something just because it’s on sale. There’s a ticking clock counting down your time to snatch up the deal with before it’s gone, there’s a sliding graph indicating “73% of this deal is claimed”, leading to more pressure to buy without thinking.

Even online sites enlist the virtual high pressure salesman effect with these tactics.

I browsed for a minute. I checked my shopping wishlist (like a buy later list for me) and found a couple of those items actually were on a Prime Day sale.


I’m not really an impulse buyer on the surface. Maybe at a thrift store, but I carry the item around with me in my cart for a good long while while I decide. Normally, I put it back, regret it, and check back the next day. Usually the thing is sold by then. Occasionally I snatch it up right away. It doesn’t seem to matter which way I do it—either way I agonize over decisions.

Right or wrong, I research, read reviews, read specs, set it aside, think a lot, and maybe someday I get around to pulling the trigger and buying it. It takes me a long time. Just ask my family.

So on Prime Day it wasn’t likely I’d snatch up a sale right then.

Shockingly, I did.

I purchased the mini trampoline for my exercise. I decided to see if those were on sale, and surprisingly, many were substantially reduced in price. I hadn’t narrowed down what I wanted, but I had a general idea. I wasn’t going for the Cadillac version, but something sturdy and basic.

I’d already read tons of reviews and specs. I’d done some research and had reached the setting it on the back burner stage. Yesterday, I linked a few similar rebounders, Using A Trampoline or Rebounder for Fitness and Why You Can Jump Your Way to Health, and while I didn’t go even for those exact models, I found one that that hit all of my criteria for price, value, and function. It was reduced like 30%, plus had a $20 coupon. So it made sense to stop waiting.

I actually had points saved up, so I ended up not spending money. And that, my friends, is how I execute a well-planned impulse buy.

I’m not the model. I’m more likely to blow too much at the Dollar Tree, so we all have to watch our pitfalls.

I’d say, if you need something, then today is the day to see if you can find it in a super great sale. In that case, go for it!

If you are just bored and want to see what’s on sale so you can see how much money you can save, think that one through. Be cautious. Don’t get sucked into the sale.

The easiest and most effective way to save money is to not go to the sale. It’s one hundred percent effective. 😉 But if you’re needing a particular item, why not buy it when it’s reduced in price?

Think, pray, and proceed with caution.

Have a great day!


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12 Replies

  1. Laurie,
    Hard to believe but I do not even have an Amazon acct.!! I personally find them to be more expensive than the deals I can get in Brick and Mortar stores…In fact, i did do some shopping during Prime days but at other stores which had some great deals…
    Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party each and every week!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Thank You!! I hope you are having a great week!!

  2. Thank you very much for hosting and helping bloggers this way
    My entries this week = 14+15.

  3. As always, thanks for hosting and the kindly featuring my recipe for Parsley Honey and Lemon Salad Dressing. I am also sharing today at numbers 17, 18, and 19! Have a great week ahead. I love that you bought a rebounder, so did our family!

  4. The more you buy, the more you save / spend – sounds like the age-old debate that goes on in our household, lol! I was SO good – I avoided the sale like the plague this year so I would not be tempted to spend $ on things I really did not want or need!

What is your experience? 💜 I read every comment, and so many times I find that I gain encouragement from what’s shared. ❤️