I made the mistake of signing up for newsletters to my favorite online stores throughout the year. My biggest motivation for doing this was for a one-time coupon discount and notifications of sales. I know that the largest sales are in June and January, so I try to hold out on spending until those two times.
After New Years, I started seeing the emails trickle in. At first from small retailers, like for yarn and fabric. But this past week has been brutal. I’m seeing emails for discounts between 50 to 80% off on products! And this is only the beginning…
Look at these email subject lines :
[DERNIERE CHANCE] -70% et 10% supplémentaires jusqu’à ce soir seulement !
Avant-première en exclu : 2ème démarque jusqu’à -70 % dès ce soir !
SOLDES : On <3 les petits prix !
This is a good thing, right?
Normally, I would be ecstatic. I signed up for these emails for this exact reason. The only problem is that we’re trying to save money for two trips and for when my family comes over this summer. There’s no longer any room in the budget for a little excess spending. I need to keep a stiff upper lip and delete these delicious offers.
Sorry, Rougier & Ple, I can’t take part of your 80% off on art products. Even though my usual oil paints are on sale and I would love a sturdier easel. I need to be courageous and resist you this time.
The only sale I took part of this year was at photobox.fr. This time last year, I took advantage of a 60% discount on a photo book that covered our wedding, two pregnancies and births, traveling to 6 countries, and more. It was 100 pages, high quality paper, hard cover, and only 45 euros. This year, I bought a smaller book to span this past year. I budgeted and prepared for this, so I felt good. Also, last year I bought two mugs. One was personalized with baby photos of my daughter, and the other of my son. Hubby dropped one of them! So he just financed a replacement.
The second sale I took part of was at zalando.fr. This was only because I received a gift certificate for Christmas. It was very difficult not to slip extra things in my shopping cart. Oh, the pain of sticking to a budget.
Okay, enough complaining for now.
* Disclaimer – I don’t receive anything for mentioning any of the companies in this post. I’m just one of their average customers, not an affiliate.