Biltmore Estate by Kamoteus
You may be richer than you know. Want to find out? First, take a few minutes and list the top 10 things you want to purchase in the net year, i.e. big screen TV, a new car, furniture, a home theater system, the new Xbox or Wii, a fancy laptop, a new house, a beautiful painting or a cell phone with all the bells and whistles. Think about all the days of work, or even overtime it will take to get your prize.
Now think back and make a list of 10-20 things you’ve purchased in the last year that made you really happy. My guess is that one or several things on the first list is on your new list too. As you add each item, remember the anticipation and joy you felt with each new acquisition. Recall the planning, preparation and savings that went into each posession.
How often do use each item? Is it something you enjoy and utilize every day – or just another dust collector? It is useful, necessary, beautiful, or something that makes you smile each time you see it? Do you impatiently complain about the long wait for your next new toy while your past purchases lie unused nearby?
Many of us are guilty of this from time to time. We make a purchase on the spur of the moment and it isn’t what we really want. Or we buy something with the best of intentions; golf clubs, a new treadmill, or a gym membership, but then find ourselves too busy to use it.
Take another look at all you already have. Is there something you could rediscover that would negate the need for something new? Take the new gaming system for example. The graphics are great, and the sound and overall quality are top-notch. But each game contains a complicated storyline, with multiple levels, hidden secret weapons, or objectives that must be reached before you can advance. Whereas one of the old classics – the Nintendo, is simply a quick point and shoot system that requires much less time and is far easier to play. Perhaps with your schedule, purchasing a few more games for this old system is a better, money-saving solution.
Remember as well, that things don’t bring happiness. Attitude is the #1 thing that helps you find happiness. You can have a broken leg and still be happy. You can drive a 20 year old car and be happy. (Hey maybe it’s a classic red 1965 convertible mustang!) You can wear thrift store clothes and be happy. (Maybe you’re a 70’s style diva and that’s the best place to shop.)
Take Stock Tips:
- Evaluate. Do I need this? Can I pay for it? Do I have time for it?
- Re-use. Do I need to pay top dollar? Can I buy an older house for less and use the extra money to remodel it into my dream home? Can I trade my brother my treadmill for his punching bag set?
- Worth. Should I buy the item now or will the price come down in a few months? Will I use this daily, weekly, or monthly? Does this model have all the features and options I want? Is this the style, color and edition I like best?
- Stay Put? Are you happy with what you have now? Would delaying your purchase give you more choices or lower prices? Can you find it on Craig’s List, EBay or your local classifieds instead?
Pick something you don’t feel pressured and rushed to buy and try a few of these tips. Odds are taking your time will help you appreciate what you have already. The slower pace will help you match your choice to your style and personality, earning you years of blissful enjoyment.