Last week I read a blog where a financial pundit told of 'saving thousands' by buying a new $20,000 compact car. He said his expense was less than a friend's high-end car and therefore constituted a great purchase.
Comparison shopping means comparing prices not comparing yourself with others. A deal is only a good deal if it is a good deal. Spending less than others doesn't a good deal make.
Forgot about what your friends buy. Compare prices not people.
When you buy tires don't seek to outdo your friends or co-workers. Instead, get three of four bids from dealers on multiple tires. Then pick the best one for you.
Will your purchase last?
Does it make you feel good?
Have you searched for the best price?
Is it available used?
What company offers the best quality?
Can you get a better deal by waiting a week? A month? A year?
Do you need it?
Will you use it often?
Can you pay for it in cash?