A somewhat scattered collection of notes, thoughts and ideas

Friday, 19 June 2015

" Save up to 50% off " - is a sale purchase always a bargain?

Have you ever noticed that sales, a concept that is supposed to save you lots of money, actually end up making you spend more? We all get that wonderful feeling that we've got ourselves a great bargain in the sale, when the price decrease has been so high that we simply cannot resist bagging ourselves a bargain buy. But is it really a bargain?

Picture this; you go to the shops, not really looking for anything in particular, because there isn't really anything you need (stop me if you never go shopping unless you absolutely intend to buy something), so in your mind your budget is £0 because you're not expecting to actually come away with anything. Then you spot a sale, and you go and have a look, "just to see what's on offer", and the next thing you know, you've spent £XX amount on shoes, clothes, make up, bags, whatever else, and consider yourself to have done really well because you've 'saved' money. Except you haven't really, because you originally had no intention of buying anything, and instead you bought a lot of stuff, so in reality and looking at it that way, you've actually lost money.. Food for thought..

The flip side of this of course is when you've either gone out shopping because there's something you need or something particular that you are looking for, and then you find the perfect item that you wanted in the sale and make a saving - that's a bargain. However, if once you've found that or those items, you keep looking just for the sake of it and come out spending money on things you didn't intend to buy, well then you're back to the situation above.

I got lucky in a sale this week, and it actually was a bargain, well partially..
About a month or so ago I was in Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush with my mum and as always we were drawn into a store with windows advertising for all to see that there was a sale on. Having ventured inside, my eye was drawn to a handbag, which unfortunately for me was not in the sale (typical, I know). It was a gorgeous sea green shoulder/ tote bag made from the most beautiful soft leather, and I fell in love immediately. The only thing about it that I didn't love was the price.. £179. Now, I am definitely a handbag person (and some might say I have too many - but really, is there such a thing?) but I draw the line at spending over £100 on a bag. Though I'm telling you, I was very close to making an exception for this bag. I have to say, I am so glad I didn't, because on Saturday just gone, I received a notification that this particular store had a sale where selected stock had up to 50% reduction on their price. I'm much to curious a person to have not had a look, but my curiosity (and patience) paid off, because my bag, my beautiful soft leather sea green bag had a new price of £89.50. I'm sure you can guess what happened next :)

I can say without a doubt though, that I am one of those people who will get that happy feeling about finding a bargain and let it spread to the point of looking at what else is in the sale and justifying buying other things, because 'it's still less than the original price of the first item'. So my online browsing meant that my shopping basket total grew to encompass a new purse too (because it perfectly matched my handbag mirror in design and colour and the handbag in brand).

Justification of my expenditure? I was given some money for a special occasion and hadn't spent it yet, so these items are 'presents' from those who gave me the money..

I know, I know, but it's a valid justification and I'm sticking with it.. besides they really are lovely..

Saturday, 13 June 2015

New Blog, New Job.. New House

A lot has happened since my last post 3 weeks ago. For one thing, I'm now back to being employed (yay me!) and I can tell you after two months of unemployment (ugh) it really is a shock to the system - not so much the getting up early again bit, but more having to get used to the fast paced office environment again. Especially if it's in a role that you've never done before.. I am now "Francesca Pateli, Marketing Assistant". On the plus side, fast paced is good, and this new company is definitely one that allows you new experiences and doesn't go easy on you just because you're new. It really is a sink or swim situation. I'm still swimming.. I think.

Aside from the new job, I have also managed to land myself a room in a house share, located about 2 minutes in the car from where I live now. And it was such an amazing find too - 7 bedroom house (6 ready, one still being worked on), fully renovated and refurbished, 5 of the bedrooms have en suite, all bills included - even garden maintenance and weekly cleaning service of the communal areas, massive garden (perfect for BBQ's if the weather plays ball) and beautiful kitchen, and lovely landlords on top of that too. How could I resist?

The irony is that when I stumbled across this fantastic find, I wasn't actually looking at moving out, I was just having a nose at what was available in my area. Then I saw it, read the description, got my mum's attention, read her the description, and 24 hours later, I'd been to view the house, chosen a room, paid the holding fee and agreed a move in date. Amazing what a bit of nosiness can achieve, right?

All in all it seems to be a good month for houses/ moving - my friends have been approved for a mortgage and are also excitedly running round like headless chickens (well their dog is, but that's him on a normal day - he's nice and consistent like that) trying to sort everything before they move next week. My mum's friend has had her offer on a house accepted too. Good news all round it seems.

So now, with less than two weeks to go, I am trying to get over a habit of a lifetime and actually become organised; I'll start by making a list of everything I'll need, then cross out everything I've still got from when I lived at Uni, then rewrite the new list. I've already bought a wardrobe, and 2 tall DVD cabinets. You might be thinking that I need to rethink my priorities, but what I didn't mention above about my fantastic find, is that it's fully furnished (the wardrobe provided is much smaller than mine at home, so I decided to get another one). Next is deciding on a TV and then a colour scheme for the bits and bobs that will be in my room, and finally shopping.. It's very exciting. And stressful.

I know how I'll be spending my weekend.. how are you spending yours?
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