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Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Drugstore Game: Preventing Burnout & Minimizing Your Spending

I've written before about Drugstore Game burnout, and I wanted to share some tips on avoiding it, while also keeping your expenses to a minimum.

The most important thing is to know the price you are willing to pay for things and don't overpay. That way, you're not chasing a deal just because it's a deal - if you're chasing it, you know it's a great deal.

In the same vein, keep a list of things you always get for free and don't pay for them again. My list includes: eye drops, contact lens solution, sanitary pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, and mouthwash. The only exception here is if something you would normally only buy it if was free helps you get the rest of your deals.

For example, say you need to spend another 99 cents to use an ECB. Toothpaste is on sale for $1.99, you get a $1 ECB back, have a 75 cents/1 coupon - in other words, pay $1.24, get $1 back, so you pay 24 cents for the toothpaste instead of getting it for free. But here, that $1.24 is enough to get you to the minimum you need to spend your ECB, and that extra 24 cents keeps your out of pocket expense to a minimum.

The thing you really need to remember to prevent burnout is that deals come around again. If you miss one, it's not the end of the world. It's better to give yourself a mental health break than stress yourself out saving 50 cents on toilet paper.

Also, the longer you play The Drugstore Game, the bigger your stockpile will get, and the less you need anything. So if you miss that sale on toilet paper, you'll still have enough to make it to the next sale.

Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Remember that you're no good to anyone if you don't take care of yourself!



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