August 25, 2009 5 Comments
I realized today that I do something when I’m shopping that most people might not do.
I value shop.
What I mean by this is that, when I go to the store to buy something, I put a value in my mind of how much I’m willing to pay for an item. And I don’t pay over it.
For instance, when I really want a movie, I might say something like “That movie is worth $10 to me”. Then I go shopping for said movie. If I can find it for under $10 I’ll buy it. If I can’t (even my 50 cents!) I won’t.
I realized when I was dating Cpt. Baseball that this wasn’t something that every one did. One time we went to Target so he could get tweezers. He was SHOCKED by the number of tweezer choices ranging in price from $2 to $15. He didn’t know which one to pick. So I simply asked him: What is a pair of tweezers worth to you? He said: “Well I imagined I would spend around $4.” So he ended up getting the pair of $3.98 tweezers. They were the best within the value he was willing to pay for it.
I do this when grocery shopping as well. I LOVE CANNED CHILI. But I absolutely, REFUSE to pay more than $1 per can for it. I’ve thought about making my shopping list in terms of what value of willing to pay for something.
Chili – $1
Squash – $1.50/lb
Eggs – $1/dozen
What items do you value shop? Or do you value shop? I find I do this all the time at grocery stores and at Target. However, where I FAIL completely is with clothes. I end up talking myself INTO the higher price point than paying the value price. =)