On Sundays retailers generally release their sale flyers for the upcoming week. If you’ve subscribed online to receive your favorite retailers’ updates, your email inbox will be the happy recipient of these ads.
While it’s fun to gaze at the sale flyers when you log in, it might not be such a good idea for you to have them emailed to you—especially if you’re trying to spend less so you can save more and pay off debt.
Pros of Emailed Sales Flyers
- When items that you routinely purchase go on sale, the notice will allow you to stock up and save.
- You can get big-ticket items for less if you buy them when you see them on sale.
- It can be fun to window shop, and sales flyers offer an easy way to do just that.
Cons of Emailed Sales Flyers
- Sales flyers bring on massive amounts of temptation that can be difficult to ignore.
- When you see items that have been deeply discounted, you can convince yourself that you need them when you really don’t.
- Sales flyers can bring about negative feelings when you’re trying to stay in savings mode.
- Emailed sales flyers are almost unavoidable. While normally you might only get the sales flyers if you buy the Sunday newspaper, emailed flyers are in your face no matter what.
Ultimately, your temperament and level of discipline should determine whether you continue to have flyers emailed to you. For some, the temptation of the colorful images and low, low prices is too much and may pull them off track or make them unhappy that they can’t spend money. For others it’s a great way to save even more by responsibly taking advantage of sales prices when they’re notified of them. Ask yourself which type of person you are and if you find that the temptation is too much, work on unsubscribing from notifications.