10 Best Deals

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This time of year, many of us are cutting back on spending and trying to be smarter with a budget. I’m right there with you.

You’ve probably heard the old question to ask before you buy anything: “Do I really need 10 Best Deals?” And it really is a valid question.

But sometimes, we need more motivation beyond that. For those times when we know we don’t really need something, but we want it!

Here are seven simple little questions that have single-handedly helped me curb spending and make wiser choices with money.

They’re especially useful to consider when you find yourself staring at a great sale! And if something passes every single one of these questions, maybe you should buy it without the guilt!

7 Things to Consider Before You Buy 10 Best Deals:

1) Does Deals have a purpose?

How often do you buy something because it’s a good deal and you might use it later?

Just because you might use something later doesn’t mean you should buy it. Instead, challenge yourself to make sure everything you buy has a specific purpose.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought “just a few more” organizing bins at Target because I *might* want them later. While I often did use the bins later, I also spent quite a lot of money that wasn’t in our budget, creating more stress and hassle for my whole family. The simple truth is that it wasn’t worth it for a pretty container.

The same goes for mid-year toy clearance deals. It won’t do you any good if you stock up on presents your kids don’t really want, even if it was a steal of a deal.

Unless you have a specific purpose for an item, don’t buy it.

2) How long will this item last?

Have you ever thought about those little toys and do-dads from the Target dollar bins or the dollar store? Often times, those items are so cheap, they break the very next day. Even if something was just a dollar, it’s still a dollar less you now have. While that might not seem like much, it does add up over time if it’s something you regularly do.

That’s not to say that you should never buy cheap toys. Sometimes a $1 package of water balloons can provide hours of fun on a hot summer day. While the balloons will be popped and (hopefully) thrown away by the next day, that might truly be money well spent.

Really think about the long-term use of something before you buy it.

3) How much will we really use Deals?

This question is true for many items we buy, but toys and clothes are the top things I think about with this question.

I don’t buy fancy dresses or suits for Easter or special occasions for my family. Our church is casual anyways, so my kids would literally only wear the fancy clothes for one day. And even if I found a good deal at a thrift store, I would still have to find something for all four of my kids and that adds up quickly.

I also ask this for anything I buy myself. I love scarves, but I rarely wear them – probably because I’m always afraid I’ll get them dirty between my kids and animals. Since I have 5 or 6 pretty scarves already, I don’t need any more.

The same goes for toys. Does my daughter really need one more stuffed toy? Does Luke need one more toy car? If it’s something they’ll truly cherish and play with often, it may be worth it, but again this is another important question to consider.

4) Will this cause clutter and chaos later?

Whether your home is perfectly organized or completely chaotic and driving you nuts, you will want to consider how buying whatever you’re considering will fit into your home.

Will it truly be used or will it soon become just another toy for you to trip over or knick knack collecting dust?

Last summer, I organized and decluttered our whole house, thanks to following the Marie Kondo “tidying” method. It was a huge project, but well worth it to get sanity back into our home. And because I worked so hard and got rid of so much stuff, I’ve been mindful ever since about what I bring into the house.

I love little stuffed toys and knick knacks and have always purchased them from various places we’ve visited, etc., but I realized last year that I don’t love them sitting around my house.

This is one of my favorite questions for curbing spending!

5) Do I want this because a friend has it or is telling me to buy it?

We’ve all been faced with a little friendly peer pressure from friends to buy something. It doesn’t have to be “keeping up with the Jones.” Often times, it might just be your best friend recommending a new workout DVD or a friend asking you to host a jewelry party.

Those “direct sales” companies are some of the biggest culprits here and the companies know it too; how do you think they get so big?! Sure some of the products might truly be great, but how many sales are made because people feel guilty and want to please a friend who is starting a business?

I allowed myself to be guilted into a Facebook party one time and ended up purchasing $25 worth of jewelry. I certainly didn’t need it and when I received it, 3 of the 5 pieces looked nothing like the picture and I hated them. I only wear one set of earrings from that party, meaning I wasted a solid $20 just to please a friend.

There are better ways to be a friend.

6) Do I HAVE to buy 10 Best Deals today?

This is another valuable age-old question to ask before you buy. Instead of buying something today, go home and think about it. If you still really want it tomorrow or next week, then it might be something to consider fitting into your budget or saving for.

This is something I always tell my kids, who often want to buy something “now” and it’s important to model this for them.

Usually when you wait to buy something, one of three things will happen:

1) You’ll forget about it, meaning it wasn’t that important to begin with.

2) You’ll find a better deal elsewhere

or 3) You’ll miss out on a deal.

Guess what? In all the times I’ve waited to buy something, I’ve only regretted it a few times. On the other hand, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve regretted overspending because I bought something now.

7) Is there a better option than buying 10 Best Deals?

Does your child really need another game even if it is a great price?

Do you really need yet one more blu-ray for your family movie collection?

I purchased an online movie at one point and while it was a decent price, we never watched it. Last week, I discovered our library offers this movie for FREE as a week-long rental.

By asking yourself these 7 simple questions before you buy something, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and stress. Think about it the next time you want to buy something impulsively. Is it really worth it?


There are thousands of places to buy stuff from online.  Who should you buy from?  Are all places equivalent?  This post outlines why all online shops are not the same, and why we think Amazon is the first place you should look to do all of your online purchases.

Here on MaxReading, we only list products that can be found on Amazon.  There are several reasons for this.

Best Prices

Quite often, I find that Amazon has the best prices available anywhere.  I almost never have to buy an item at regular price.  I regularly find exactly what I want on sale.  With so many items listed and such a large base of sellers competing with each other, the buyer (you!) gets the best possible price.

Huge Selection

Continuing what I said above about a large base of sellers, this means that there are hundreds of thousands of items available everyday.  If you’re looking for 10 Best Deals, you’ll often find a comparable item available from 10 different brands.  This allows you to easily comparison shop and make sure you’re purchasing exactly what you need.


I have never had an issue with not receiving an item I ordered from Amazon. They also have excellent customer service.

Fast and Cheap Shipping

One of my biggest pains of online shopping is the extra cost of shipping.  A lot of online stores add on an extra $10+ for shipping, which in the end, makes the online bargain, not so much of a deal anymore.  Amazon has some of the best shipping rates available.  Furthermore, because they sell so many different items, often you can make a big order of unrelated items and have them all shipped together at the same time – once again saving you on your shipping costs.

In addition to shipping costs, it’s shipping speed.  I want my stuff right away and don’t want to wait 7-10 days for it.  Amazon has most items shipped with 2 days!  People have even noted that they sometimes receive the item the same day, or the very next day.  How great is that?


Reviews, reviews, reviews.  Because Amazon has such a large base of users, most items come with really helpful customer reviews and customer product photos. These are a great help when decide which item is the one that you want to buy.

What other reasons make you shop at Amazon instead of a competing online retailer?  Let us know in the comments.  Do you find yourself shopping online instead of heading out to a physical store?


David Brooks

David Brooks tests and reviews the best tech, appliances, gear, and more. You can trust David, our veteran journalists, scientists, and experts to find the best stuff.