I just bought a new cell phone. I didn't need it, but it was $20. I bought it because I had a $150 rebate that expires in March. Then the MotoRazr Red, which is supposed to provide some donation to AIDS and infectious disease relief efforts in Africa, was half off with another credit for a new two-year contract. Then, Radio Shack had an additional couple bucks off.
So, a phone listed as $309.99 became $19.99 and I bought it.
Now, three things here -- if they can afford to give away a $310 phone for $20, that means it's really worth about $10.
The whole point of giving away the phone was to get me stuck in a plan for another 2 years (I've had Sprint for 6 years so that was no big deal to me).
Finally, that was $20 plus tax I spent that I really didn't have to. Not to mention that now I need a new belt clip, headset and car charger for the new phone since the old ones don't fit anymore.
It makes sense to buy items on sale when you need them and even better to double up with coupons and rebates, but what about things you don't need but it would be nice to have? Have you really saved money?
Curious what y'all think. And I'd love to read about any "Sale" experiences you had that didn't turn out to be such a bargain (as well as any great sale stories or advice!).