This frugal chick has a hard time passing on a good deal, but I’m slowly realizing that free stuff can become a burden. It takes up space in my home and eventually I need to use it, pitch it, sell it, or store it.
A good friend of mine is going overseas for full time mission work. For months Donna has been cleaning out her house and attempting to shove things into my car when I’m not looking. (Joking. Kind of…)
It has been so hard to tell Donna no! The combination of helping her, getting a good deal on something she is selling or getting it for free, and wanting to have a little piece of Donna in my home has been difficult to resist. At times it has seriously stressed me out in a way that only fabulously frugal folks can understand.
I’ve started asking myself 4 questions when I consider bringing home a freebie or buying a good deal:
1) Do I need this? I mean really need it. Donna gave me a beautiful blue flower pot that has been sitting empty on my deck for weeks now. I don’t need it. I should have said no.
2) Do I have a place to put this? I bought lots of kid clothes from Donna that my children will grow into. Clothing is a necessity, but buying clothes that they won’t wear for 2 years isn’t a significant need right now. However, I have a place to store clothes and I have a system already in place for organizing them.
3) Would I pay full price for this? Donna gave me some art supplies that I eagerly said yes to. Grace loves all kinds of art and I value that enough to pay full price for the supplies.
4) How long will it be before I need/use this? Donna was selling a white night stand and I struggled to decide if I wanted it. In the end I decided to pass. We could use the night stand for Noah, but we wouldn’t need it until he was out of his crib. I’m not sure how his room will be set up at that point and if it would even work. It seemed silly to buy something that would sit in my attic for awhile and even then I’m not sure if it would be used. I’ll be honest though, even as I’m writing this I’m wondering if I made the right decision.
Do you struggle with turning down a freebie? How do you decide if a good deal is truly worth it?