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Is Everyone Trying To Take Your Money?

As I was sitting here this morning, drinking my Irish Cream coffee with Irish Cream whipped topping (Thanks Sis!), I opened my e-mail. I had no less than 36 e-mails from companies trying to tell me about the latest great sale and how I could spend my money this morning. It’s exasperating!

Every company that you have ever done business with in the past 20 years thinks they can take up your time by sending e-mails and trying to sell you something. Some even give you a coupon to entice you even more. I am getting e-mails from companies that I haven’t done business with since we lived in AZ, almost a decade ago.

My time is valuable! I need it to do the frugal things around here that allow us to up our net worth not lower it by buying stuff. I need my time to write this blog and help a lot of other people. I don’t have time for all of these companies who want to part me from my money. But they don’t make it easy to get rid of them. Delete doesn’t do it. So I painstakingly took the time this morning to unsubscribe from each of those companies. 

Oh, you say, but I might miss out on a sale. Believe me, there will always be another sale. If I need to buy something, I know how to find a coupon code. 

You get the same thing on Facebook, ad after ad. Open the newspaper and all of the ads are there on Sunday. If I need something, I can look through them and follow the sales that way.

No wonder so many people are in debt today. They are bombarded with information on how to save money by buying the companies’ products. Don’t miss this sale, it is the best ever! Grab our coupon code and save some money! These tactics are everywhere.

The only way to save YOUR money is to put it in the bank and not touch it. These tactics aren’t saving you money; they are making you spend money. 

Bah humbug you say!  Yes, I know that Christmas is coming. Hopefully most of you purchased gifts throughout the year and are done. But if you didn’t, do yourself a favor and make a list of what you want to buy for whom and how much you want to spend that is within your budget. Then look for a sale at specific stores or peruse your Sunday ads when you have the time. 

I can’t even stomach TV commercials; hence I don’t watch much TV unless it is on You Tube or Amazon Prime who have limited commercials. So much of an hour show is taken up by everyone wanting to sell you something. At the rate commercials are going, it won’t be long before there is more commercial time than show time.  

Don’t let these advertisers take up your time! Life is too short. Make up your own mind on what you need to buy not what they want you to buy. The advertisers aren’t trying to save you money. They are trying to part you from your money!

Also keep track of what you are putting on credit cards this upcoming holiday season. Don’t spend more than you can pay off when the bill rolls around each month! That way you will start off the New Year with much less debt and stress! 

11 replies on “Is Everyone Trying To Take Your Money?”

Yesterday and today, I was bemoaning my volume of email. The delete button was never intended to do anything but delete the email you are reading. Sometimes, I hit the spam button, and after awhile, some of the emails quit coming since they go straight to spam. That works for me. I have been systematically unsubscribing. It is working slowly.
Like you, I have better things to do. AND, I can find things to buy, too.
It boggles my mind that people get taken in by email ads.
Good post.

Im constantly having to remind myself that while it may be a great price, I dont even need it! Its insane how often i start to get roped in and then have to stop myself.

Hi Liz, this is Chris. This was such a great post you wrote. I agree with you about all of it. Another thing I noticed about TV commercials is that so many of them are for food that is not healthy to eat a regular diet of. Since I took the Y course about healthy eating and exercise, I have really been aware of this. I told hubby, it is no wonder we have an obesity epidemic in this country. Ads are just everywhere, and it takes a lot to stay out of debt and eat healthy. I am looking forward to when you have the update on the grocery challenge, b/c this week I was able to stay in my budget.

We don’t spend much on holiday gift giving anymore- adult children and no grandchildren yet . Just gift service people. And I am great st deleting as well! Sherri

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