Thoughts: Steam Winter Sale 2016

Yup, it’s that time of the year again. The time when all your favorite games that you have been thinking about buying go on sale, and you somehow end up with 5 other games that you have never heard of in your library that will never be played. It’s the good ol’ Steam Winter Sale.

Here in New Zealand it’s actually summer but that doesn’t change the fact that this still the best opportunity to buy up all the games I have been tempted to get in past sales but haven’t had the guts. When you combine the holiday season with an ‘everything must go’-esque sale on video-games, the temptation to throw things into the shopping cart like a fat kid buying up cakes is real.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that crazy, but certainly if there are any games that you have thinking about getting this is the best time to do so and save some bacon at the same time. Although given that this sale comes one the eve of the Autumn sale which was held only a month ago, you may already have bought most of the games you wanted. But if you are like me and didn’t take full advantage of that sale, this is the hour of our redemption.

Admittedly, it can be quite easy to go and spend heaps of money on games when they can be around 75% off, and even more tempting when the next opportunity to get sales like this is in half a year. When you add in the fact that 2016 has been a great year for video games, resisting the urge to buy everything in sight  Because of this, and because being able to afford things like rent and food is (slightly) more important, I believe going into this with a budget and a plan is critical to avoid overspending.

You need a budget to.. well.. put a roof on how much you spend. This can be flexible, because of course you never know how much it’s all gonna be until you see it all in the shopping cart, but having a general (and reasonable) idea of how much you want to spend is important. This is especially true if you are a student like me and money is few and far between.

The plan entails knowing what you want to buy before you start shopping. Having a plan means that you can focus on the things that you actually want, instead of straying and thinking about getting something extra. It’s only a few clicks between seeing something and buying something, preventing the first click is the hardest but best way to avoid ending up with unplayed games in your Steam library and a hole in your wallet.

So maybe my methods of limiting my spending are a bit over the top, but most importantly, if you see a game that you think you will enjoy, and if you have the dosh for it, go for it. Sales like this don’t happen very often, and there is plenty of time to make the expenditure up. I certainly have a number of games on my list, and the budget to go, but with so many greats on sale, we’ll see what happens in a week.

But these are just my thoughts, what do you think? Are there any games that you are waiting to buy up as soon as this sale hits? Let me know in the comments, and if you enjoyed reading this, chuck us a like. In the mean time, save up and stay beautiful 🙂

 

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