We are constantly bombarded by companies wanting to sell their stuff to us. Everywhere you go on the internet you are being followed. Immediately adds starting popping up depending on what you’ve been out looking for. Did you google jeans for kids? Look what we got! And now you get 3 for the price of 2!
If you were looking for one pair of jeans for your kid, suddenly you end up with three just because it was a bargain. You cram them into your child’s already fully stuffed closet, hurryingly closing the door before anything falls out.
It’s easy to get caught up in this spending frenzy. It’s easy to buy things when you have a credit card. It might not be so easy when you look at your bank statement at the end of the month.
Have you ever stopped to think about how much stuff you need? Instead of reacting to the whims of a market who wants nothing else but for you to continue buying until you’re broke, why not consider what you really need? Try to look beyond what everyone else has or wants. Try to block out the adds that are screaming at you. Try to find a quiet spot where you can consider what you really need. Make a plan for how you want to spend your money.
Just because you can afford something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should buy it. Your needs should be your guide to where you spend your money. Not somebody else’s needs or what society is trying to impose on you. Every dollar spent has to be earned somehow. The more you spend, the more you have to work. It’s simple math, yet sometimes it seems so difficult.
Ironically, some of the best things in life are free, even though the advertisers want you to think differently. Go for a hike in the forest with your family instead of taking them to a fun park. Gift your child experiences instead of more stuff.
The fewer things you own, the less time you have to spend taking care of them. This gives you more time to spend on what’s truly important to you.
Next time you see an item on sale, stop for a moment and consider if you really need it. Don’t buy it just because it’s a bargain. Buy it only if you truly need it. And be honest with yourself.
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