8 questions to help you save more money over at GetRichSlowy is a great guide to help keep you from spending money impulsively.
I loved the statement
A marketer or salesperson’s job is to make you think you need something that five minutes earlier you didn’t know existed.
It reminded me of a clear, sunny afternoon after church when we decided to hit the mall before coming home. Everyone was happy and having a great time. That is until I saw the dishes. 5 minutes before I didn’t have a care in the world. I saw this great new pattern for casual china and I knew we couldn’t afford them (we didn’t need them either but I guess that’s a different topic). I was bummed and depressed.
On the way home, I told myself I had to snap out of it. This was crazy! That’s when I decided I wasn’t going to stores any more unless I had a list with definite needs.
Since then, our strategy has evolved into what we call “The Game”. We know sales and marketing people want our money. We also know we’d like to keep some of it. “The Game” is simple and our net worth is the score. If our net worth has increased by the end of the month, we leveled up. We play the game by having fun trying to figure out how we can meet our needs and get things we want without giving up more money than we need to.
Egg slicer? How about using the pastry blender? Hey it worked! High fives around – we scored!!
As we got better at “The Game”, savings grew. Really nice clothes? Gourmet sewing. Luxury car? Luxury used.
This game is fun!
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