Monday, July 22, 2013

Mishaps In Money: Vacuum Seal Bags

How cool are these!!!!!
Photo credit: Amazon.com

I have an unhealthy obsession with things that are practical. I like office supplies, nifty kitchen gadgets, and vacuum seal bags. (For those you who don't know, this is how they work: you put a bunch of stuff in a plastic bag, seal it, and then vacuum the air out of it, which helps you save space when storing stuff). I loved the idea of vacuum seal bags so much that I bought forty (two packs) of them because I was so excited to start vacuuming stuff in these vacuum seal bags. Yay, vacuum seal bags! 

I justified buying them because I was sure that I would use them, AND, wait for it - they were on sale. ON SALE. 

Anyway, I don't know what I was thinking. I've used maybe four of those bags, and actually, they weren't even used on my own things, they were used to help my sister pack when moving to college. I went a little overboard and now I have a little system for making sure I don't do that again. 

Next time I find something I think is really cool, I won't get it until the following things happen: 

1) I make sure that I would get it even if it wasn't on sale. 

This should not come as a surprise, but you should not buy something just because it's on sale. Or just because you have a coupon. This goes for anything, including clothing and snacks, etc. 

2) I know exactly what I'm going to use the item for. 

Understand that just because it's useful in general doesn't mean it will be that useful for you personally. Vacuum seal bags are a great idea - for people who have tons of clothing, comforters, pillows and whatever else you can put in vacuum seal bags. I am not one of those people. 

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Have you ever bought something because you thought it was awesome but then never used it? Let me know in the comments. 

As always, contact me with questions or suggestions! You can either comment directly on the post or send me an email to moneymattersjoan@gmail.com. 

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