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Buy Happiness with Money

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I've said this to a few people and it seemed to make a significant impact on them, so I thought I'd write it down here.


In an effort to save money, I used to refrained from buying what I want and, in some cases, even refrained from buying what I need.

This usually lead to some degree of misery, disappointment or discomfort.

I have tried to completely change that. I will pay for whatever I need. I even pay for things I want — merely want, but don't really need.

But the difference is that, now, I work towards keeping my needs and wants as minimal as possible.

I'm much happier for it.

It makes a lot of sense from a modern quality management perspective too. It's less costly, less stressful to find and fix problems earlier in the process rather than later. And by "earlier", I mean in both the temporal and causal sense.

If you walk backwards within yourself and trace what causes you to spend money in the first place, you can change the cause and the "spending too much" problem takes care of itself without you having to worry about it. =)


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pixie_bebe
Apr. 11th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Huh... that's a very nuanced distinction. I've been working toward that, but it didn't crystallize in my mind until I read your second to last sentence. Thanks!
bride
Apr. 12th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
You're welcome =)

It makes a lot of sense from a modern quality management perspective too. It's less costly, less stressful to find and fix problems earlier rather than later.

If you walk backwards within yourself and trace what causes you to spend money in the first place, you can change the cause and the spending too much money problem takes care of itself without you having to worry about it. =)
highnez
Apr. 12th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I have discovered something similar. When I couldn't afford to buy things I wanted, I wanted them so much more and was miserable. Now that I can afford to buy items that I want, I'll think, "Oh I should go to the mall on the weekend." but when the weekend arrives, I find that I don't feel like going shopping for things I don't need.

Of course, I still do buy things I don't need, but sometimes I'll pick stuff up in a store, wander around for a bit, and then put the stuff back.
bride
Apr. 12th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
I do that too! And I always wonder if the store staff is watching me thinking "WTF" or something XD

But yeah, now that I can afford a lot more, I just don't _want_ things as much =)
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