Thursday, April 20, 2006

Don’t pay more than you have to

Yesterday, on the way back from buying some groceries, I saw this advertisement on a van which said ‘don’t pay more than you have to’. At first glance, it was just as same as other advertisement, but when I think of it again, it gives a very deep meaning to me. So, I think it is good to share my thought here with you guys.

Price and quantity

This is the first things that came to my mind. Usually, if we pay less, we will get fewer goods. But, in this case, I think it means than you pay less than you normally have to. If so, then that is good. But, then I thought about seasonal sale than often occur in Wellington. When it comes to summer or winter sale, the price will drop drastically. That is why I always save my shopping time for this occasion. I can save tremendous amount of money that I can use it to buy other things. Then, what about the quality of the goods?

Price and quality

This is another important thing to look at. Since we buy cheap goods, sometimes they are not reliable. Take an example from my friend’s experience on buying a pair of cheap shoes. He bought these shoes during the last summer from a second-hand shop. Because they were so cheap, he bought them although it was obvious that one of the shoes seemed to be a fake one. Then, after wore the shoes for about 3 months, he suddenly realized that he cannot walk when the road is wet as one of the shoes is leaking.

Price, quality and quantity; what should we do?

Actually, all of the 3 things play very important roles in shaping our shopping style. But, to perfectly achieve all of them is quite impossible. So, what we can do?

First, the most important aspect is quality. Quality goods usually last longer, so you can use it over and over again. For example, I still have and wear my pair of shoes that I bought 4 years ago and I wear them everyday. But, if you are the type of people who like to buy new clothes every 2 or 3 days, this I not really important to you as you may interested more in price.

The next thing is price, which is closely related to our money flow. For me, I prefer to look around for the cheapest and high quality good than just buy it straight away. And we are lucky because we can access almost everything through the internet. So, besides saving our money, we also save lots of our precious time.

Quantity comes last as it is not quite important to have so many things in a house. Personally, I think it is a burden to have so many things in my home as I have to do maintenance regularly for each and every thing that I have. The easiest example is to have too many shirts. We will not wear 3 or 4 shirts at once, so there is a possibility of not wearing some of them. Then, we ended up with buying the clothes without using them at all.

So, make your decision wisely as every step we take will determine our future to become the next millionaire.

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