Were Amazon Prime Day Sales Worth It? What I spent compared to my savings.

For many people, Amazon Prime Day was a highly anticipated event this year. And I actually expected to spend my fair share of money. In the end, however, I only spent $119 – not much compared to what some people I know have spent. And even though I only saved $51 in the process, proportionally speaking, that’s a good amount to reduce from my purchases.

Initially, my planned purchases for Prime Day included an e-reader for my son, pet toys, and holiday gifts that I hoped to grab well before winter. In the end, I didn’t buy any of these things.

While there were eReaders on sale, I decided to hold off on this purchase in hopes of a better deal later in the year. Also, I’d rather my son read real books in his hands than read on a screen, so I chose not to go ahead with this purchase.

During this time, I haven’t seen any durable-looking pet toys on sale. And since my dog ​​tends to destroy them in minutes, I decided it wasn’t worth spending the money on discount toys that didn’t seem to hold up.

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Finally, I ended up buying a few holiday gifts (which I’ll get to in a minute), but most of the toys I had on my radar weren’t as discounted. For the small amount of savings, I thought it wasn’t worth having to store so much stuff in my house. And also, I thought it was worth waiting for the sales before the holidays.

Now that we’ve discussed what I didn’t buy, here’s what I did did to buy.

Two kids fitness tracker watches for $14 (originally $38)

My daughters ask for them because they want to start counting their steps and mileage. As they were heavily discounted, I bought them thinking of storing them as holiday gifts. But I might end up putting them back sooner.

A label maker for $66 (originally $82)

It was my husband’s idea and to be honest I don’t know if it will be worth it. I’m a business owner and I have a lot of paperwork to fill out. My husband thinks this tool will help me better organize my files and such.

Plus, he thinks we’ll use our label maker to better track our grocery inventory and avoid buying the same things over and over again at the supermarket. I admit I’m not the most organized when it comes to food shopping, so maybe this purchase will eventually pay for itself. Or not.

A sleeping bag for $27 (originally $30)

My son’s sleeping bag has seen better days, and we were planning on upgrading it to a better one. The discount here wasn’t huge, but since this is a purchase that’s been on our list for a while, we thought we’d order it.

Two pairs of swim goggles for $12 (originally $20)

My daughters prefer to use goggles when swimming in a pool. Unfortunately, they tend to lose and break their glasses easily. I usually end up buying several pairs of glasses over the summer, so I thought I’d buy a set on sale.

A successful shopping

All in all, I’m happy with my Prime Day purchases because I didn’t overspend and didn’t give in to the temptation to buy expensive items that weren’t originally on my list. And even though I didn’t save a ton of money, I got things I wanted for less.

Also, the purchases I made were eligible for extra cash back through a promotion Amazon was running for its Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. So it’s a nice little bonus that I take with me.

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