Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Deal or delusion?

Charming Charlie. JC Penney. Groupon. Half Off Depot. Sole Society. Sally Beauty. Foot Locker. Coach. Ulta. Sears. Clinique. Amazon.....These are all of the companies who have sent me an email today, not to mention Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day.  Like many of you, I signed up to receive these emails to receive whatever perk was going on and to get the coveted coupons that we all love.  I have my share of clutter in my life, and as I sat down and promptly deleted (without opening) all of these messages, I realized that even my inbox can't escape the clutter.  So I ask, are all of these digital subscriptions deals or delusions?

Now let's cut the crap.  We all know that they are marketing ploys from the companies with hopes of getting our money, but can I truly say its a deal if I'm spending money on something that I wouldn't have bought in the first place?  I am not a disciplined shopper!  I tend to head straight for the sale section in any store, maybe to get the best deal, or maybe just because I get a thrill in paying $4.99 for something that has an original price of $27.  I just told my mother about the 2 bags of cranberries I have in my freezer.  When she asked me what I was planning to make, my only response was, "I don't know, but they were only $.99"  Sadly, that is the only reason I bought them and I can only hope that I use them instead of throwing them away.

Back to the emails.  I think the best of the emails are for the stores that you shop frequently and for the restaurants that offer free meals for your birthday (I'm still sad I didn't use my Benihana meal this year).  But someone tell me how to effectively make use of the rest of the emails.  I tend to print out the coupons and place them in my seemingly bottomless purse.  And there they sit, until I remember them, at which point they've usually expired.  And in the special times that I do remember them, I talk myself into buying something just because it's a good deal and I have a coupon. (Side note:  I'm not as bad as it sounds, mostly because I'm cheap).  So in an effort to start the new year off right, I'm going to kick some of my retail stalkers to the curb.  No one needs to receive a reminder from Coach almost everyday about the current sales, if I could afford a Coach bag everyday, I wouldn't need the sale.  So no longer will I be deluded!  I say, unsubscribe from all of the stores that you don't use.  Goodbye Sole Society (I'm not ordering shoes I can't try on). Goodbye Charming Charlie (the closest one is too far anyhow).  Goodbye Sears and JC Penney (I'll just continue to browse the sale sections when I come to the store).  I'll keep my restaurants...I won't miss my free Benihana meal next birthday!  And I'll keep Ulta and Sephora, because a girl's gotta have her gloss!!

What do you think? Is your inbox overflowing?  Do you use the "deals" you get?
The lipgloss junkie

BTW I refused to sign up at Bath and Body Works today when I bought one of my favorite lip balms. I'm making progress.