Friday, January 16, 2015

Good advice

Recently I went to a Chinese restaurant with my mom, and at the end of the meal my fortune cookie told me this:

At first I thought it was funny that I got it when my mom seemed like the better recipient for such advice.  She is incredibly resistant to spending money unless she thinks she's getting a good deal -- then she'll buy all manner of unnecessary things.

I've realized though that this advice is just as pertinent to me.  I do sometimes get tempted to buy things just because they're a good deal, whether I need them or not.  It's something that I'll have to rein in, especially if this blog's project is going to be effective at simplifying my life.

Of course one way to combat this is to keep a list and only allow yourself to buy something if it's on the list.  Of course you need to be a little flexible with yourself, because sometimes you really do need something and simply forgot to put it on your list, and other times buying something while it's a good deal can save you money by anticipating your needs later on.

In any case, it's difficult to declutter and simplify you're life if you're also constantly bringing new stuff home, so my goal is going to be to start analyzing new purchases and determining whether I really need to get them.  Part of this will be what function the new items will have -- if they have a purpose, or are replacing something that needs to be replaced, that's one thing, but if it's something that's unneeded or decorative, I may try to make myself leave it and come back for it later if I still want it.

What about you?  Do you ever catch yourself buying things not because you need them, but because you're responding to the positive feelings of getting a good deal?  Are you successful or unsuccessful at resisting this urge, and if you're successful, how do you do it?

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