How to not go bankrupt during the Steam Summer Sale

Guys, it’s that special time of the year again! That’s right, it’s the season to take out your wallet and buy stuff because it’s sixty percent off! You will ask yourself why the hell you bought it, but at least it was cheap! I’m not talking about Black Friday folks, I’m talking about the Steam Summer Sale, my favorite time of the year to be reminded of my lack of funds and need to have money on my bank account to pay for food and other primary needs!

Now, the Steam Summer Sale is not just fun and games. Alright, it’s a lot of games, but not so much fun when you notice that you’ve already spent way too much on all these spectacular offers. In order to save your purses and make sure all of us can pay next month’s rent, here are my top three tips to minimize your financial damage, but maximize your gaming pleasure.

Tip #3 – don’t buy what you don’t need
Look, just because that title that sounds semi-okay and that gets a decent score on Metacritic has a nice discount, doesn’t mean that you’re gonna play it. And that special offer of that game you got sick off, but that’s now being offered for a quarter of the price with all the expansions? It won’t get suddenly better just because it has additional content for you to explore. So before you buy any title, ask yourself if you will spend more than five hours in it, or if it will catch virtual dust in your library. Though a big collection looks impressive, it feels to know that you haven’t touched half of it.

Tip #2 – a good price doesn’t make a good game
The Steam Summer Sale is the ideal time to offer not-so great games for very great prices. However, a game doesn’t get better when it’s cheaper. Sure, you will feel less robbed once your realize it’s still a crappy game, but you will still have wasted $15 on it. You know what $15 is worth these days? I’m too lazy to give you examples, but I’m sure you can think of something good.

Tip #1 – there will always be a better deal
This is the best tip I can give you. If more than 4 years on Steam have taught me anything, it is the harsh truth that the price you paid for a game will always be trumped by some massive sale a few months later. If you don’t have to have a game at this exact moment, just wait and see if there will be another sale. Trust me, there will be, and you might get some extra perks with it (like a dozen other games from the same developer). Good things come to those who wait.

That’s my wisdom on this topic. Whatever you do during this sale, make sure you get the games you want and play the heck out of them!

Chin out!

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