Is there anything worse than making a purchase and seeing the price drop immediately after?
In this sense, I’m usually the bearer of bad news. Don’t try bragging to me that you got a good price on your new technology. Did you hear about the best deal I ever got? Simply put, you won’t match me. But if you need help getting a discount, just let me know, I’m more than happy to help.
When my friend questioned my decision to dish out $200 to upgrade my iPhone, I told her I made a bunch of money selling the iPhone on Craigslist. Her response? “Of course you did.”
There are times that I want to shove it in your face. Don’t get overly excited because big trees fall hard.
But here’s my real question: if you’re happy with the price you got, why do you care what anyone else paid? If you’re happy with your deal, be happy with it. Don’t let me bring you down.
There are some great posts about this topic. I won’t try and match them. But what it boils down to is that there are two types of people, maximizers and satisficers. Maximizers are the type of people who must always get the best deal. Satisficers are happy with getting a pretty good deal. Guess who’s happier? Satisficers.
For maximizers knowing that they could have gotten it cheaper ruins it for them, even if they did pretty damn well.
In some ways, I’m a hardcore maximizer, even if I talk about the big picture. I love getting a great deal. On my last shopping trip, I got 18 bottles of pasta sauce and 18 boxes of pasta for $27. Usually the sauces are $2.50 apiece and the pasta is $1 each, so we saved $36, or a cool 57%. I can’t get enough of that! I’ve been tracking the price of an external hard drive for about 3 years now, and maybe this Black Friday will be the point I pull the trigger.
I try my best to be a satisficer, even if it doesn’t come naturally. I talk about big wins and I don’t clip coupons. I set larger than necessary budgets so I won’t be pressured into saving so much that it cramps my lifestyle. If I’m on the fence about a purchase, I go for it so the stress doesn’t eat me up, and I don’t micromanage my finances. I sweep excess savings into my bank account just once a month.
Hopefully I’ll teach you to be a satisficer.