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05-05-2013, 07:51 PM
RE: What is this called?
(05-05-2013 06:19 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  
(05-05-2013 06:14 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  I know this has to do with psychology or a way of thinking or something like that.

I don't know why I do this.

When it comes to small amounts and multiple purchases I'm pretty liberal... I don't go crazy or anything, but I don't give it much thought. However, when it comes to a single, large purchase, I'm a niggard.

For instance: I'll buy gum every couple of days for $1.50 but I have never bought them in bulk... I could literally gets hundreds of percent more gum for my money if I bought it in bulk, but I can never justify paying $10 on a box of gum... even though I'm going to spend that much on gum in the coming weeks and get less.

I see myself doing the exact same thing with multiple purchases in my life.

It's like I can justify in my head at the time to pay a little for less than more for way more.

Makes sense?

You don't shop at Sam's or BJ's do you?

So what do you do when you have to buy a car for instance?

I love BJ's.


Never been to the store, though. Drinking Beverage

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05-05-2013, 07:52 PM
RE: What is this called?
What is this called?

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05-05-2013, 07:53 PM
RE: What is this called?
(05-05-2013 07:51 PM)Misanthropik Wrote:  
(05-05-2013 06:19 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  You don't shop at Sam's or BJ's do you?

So what do you do when you have to buy a car for instance?

I love BJ's.


Never been to the store, though. Drinking Beverage

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05-05-2013, 11:01 PM
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This is called instant gratification. The gum feels like more money so you don't feel the benefit right away, but 10 percent off a large item is an instant deal.
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05-05-2013, 11:09 PM
RE: What is this called?
(05-05-2013 06:14 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  I know this has to do with psychology or a way of thinking or something like that.

I don't know why I do this.

When it comes to small amounts and multiple purchases I'm pretty liberal... I don't go crazy or anything, but I don't give it much thought. However, when it comes to a single, large purchase, I'm a niggard.

For instance: I'll buy gum every couple of days for $1.50 but I have never bought them in bulk... I could literally gets hundreds of percent more gum for my money if I bought it in bulk, but I can never justify paying $10 on a box of gum... even though I'm going to spend that much on gum in the coming weeks and get less.

I see myself doing the exact same thing with multiple purchases in my life.

It's like I can justify in my head at the time to pay a little for less than more for way more.

Makes sense?

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05-05-2013, 11:24 PM
RE: What is this called?
(05-05-2013 06:14 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  I know this has to do with psychology or a way of thinking or something like that.

I don't know why I do this.

When it comes to small amounts and multiple purchases I'm pretty liberal... I don't go crazy or anything, but I don't give it much thought. However, when it comes to a single, large purchase, I'm a niggard.

For instance: I'll buy gum every couple of days for $1.50 but I have never bought them in bulk... I could literally gets hundreds of percent more gum for my money if I bought it in bulk, but I can never justify paying $10 on a box of gum... even though I'm going to spend that much on gum in the coming weeks and get less.

I see myself doing the exact same thing with multiple purchases in my life.

It's like I can justify in my head at the time to pay a little for less than more for way more.

Makes sense?

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05-05-2013, 11:43 PM
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Yea I do the same thing.
Especially with the buy 2 specials.
Like, I know I'm going to drink that same energy drink tomorrow so why not pay $5 and buy two today?
But nooo I can't justify spending $5 so I pay $3 for 1 can and then I just do the same the next day...

I think it's because I think I'll drink it.
Like if I have 1 I'll drink that, but if I have two I'll probably drink the second one later that day and still buy another one the following day anyway...

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06-05-2013, 09:10 AM
RE: What is this called?
(05-05-2013 11:43 PM)earmuffs Wrote:  Yea I do the same thing.
Especially with the buy 2 specials.
Like, I know I'm going to drink that same energy drink tomorrow so why not pay $5 and buy two today?
But nooo I can't justify spending $5 so I pay $3 for 1 can and then I just do the same the next day...

I think it's because I think I'll drink it.
Like if I have 1 I'll drink that, but if I have two I'll probably drink the second one later that day and still buy another one the following day anyway...

This. You know what. I think that may be it.

This may be my problem.

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06-05-2013, 09:24 AM
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Okay, BJ jokes aside... Big Grin

Could it be that you're playing the marketing system differently?

You're not in a hurry with discounts, you have a less likely chance of being caught up with a particular brand loyalty when buying certain items.

Gonna stop there before it looks like I'm giving a horoscope to your shopping habits . Laughat

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06-05-2013, 10:53 PM
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Big numbers are scary. You feel less guilty making small purchases, even if you make a shitload of them. It adds up though, buy in bulk, fight your instinct. I only buy drinks from convenient stores or vending machines on rare occasions. It is a hell of a lot cheaper to buy them in cases or packs and I rarely drive more than an hour away from home, so I can wait. I'm not a regular gum-chewer, but if you can get it cheaper buying in bulk, do it. It doesn't expire for years I'd imagine, and it doesn't take up muck space, seems like a no-brainer to me. Now, if only I could buy beer in bulk cost effectively I could save some real dough.

As I noted gum doesn't take up much space, but it doesn't always make a lot of sense to buy in bulk even if you are purchasing non-perishable items. You could probably save money by buying toilet paper or paper towels but if you don't have the a lot of extra space, it probably isn't worth it.

I don't know if I really answered you inquiry or really responded to the spirit of your question, but buy your gum in bulk if you can. Especially if you belong to a membership to a warehouse type store like Sam's Club or subscribe to a service like Amazon Prime.

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