Badassery Magazine April 2018 Issue 23 - Page 15

W hen asked the ques- tion of sale shopping or couponing, many coaches teach that this is a part of a scarcity mindset. Many feel that using sale prices and coupons to extend one’s budget is out of fear that there isn’t enough money to go around, or in fear of scarcity. And, if that’s WHY you’re shopping sales, they aren’t wrong. I’ve always been a sale shopper, because long ago I was taught that we couldn’t afford the “nicer” things otherwise. So, walk into a store, beeline to the sales rack. See shirts for $1? Awesome! Grab them up! Who cares if it’s a weird col- or, or the collar isn’t sewn on quite right, it’s X Brand, and that’s good quality. We couldn’t afford it oth- erwise. Or, we couldn’t afford so many otherwise. Better to build a quality closet! It’s a strange narrative, and one that was so ingrained in me that it took a LOT of work and a long time to revise. This narrative was authored by my mother, who was taught by her mother, a baby born during the Great Depression in the 1930s. I understand that during the depression, everything felt scarce, and no one was there to coach my grandmother and her family into noticing abundance and realizing that there was plenty to go around. That’s all changed, however, and there really and truly is plenty of EVERYTHING to go around. We just have to understand that on levels that my grandmother still can’t seem to grasp in 2017. The question isn’t whether or not sale shopping is a symptom of a mindset of lack and scarcity, but rather, WHEN is sale shopping a symptom of fear and lack? Put simply, it’s a matter of inten- tion. Are you shopping sales so you can donate more of what you have today? For example, i first noticed a shift in my own mindset the day that I went to the dollar rack and said, “Wow! I budgeted twenty bucks this month to donate to the charity closet at school! I can get far more if I shop the sales rack than if I shop the regularly priced items!” That day, I was able to fill a HUGE bag with brand new clothing to give the nurse. Some of it was su- per bright colors, or strangely pink leopard print, but it was giving back on a different level than I had been able to give back previously. Are you shopping sales to extend your budget and buy higher quality food items? I work with a single 14