Recently I was having a pasta dinner with some friends, and the conversation turned to the end of the summer, the upcoming fall and how the anticipation of a new season usually means lots of extra expenses. Sounds familiar? I thought so. :)
Somehow with the changing weather, and the arrival of the new season, we get the urge to update our home, add a few new pieces to our closet, or buy the hottest new gadget on the market. However, in my experience, we often end up having a bunch of items that we don't actually need and will never use.
To avoid these unnecessary purchases, my friends and I decided to try Nancy’s approach. This girl is pretty brilliant! Whenever she's tempted, she asks herself this simple question: Am I buying this for the life I have right now? Would I wear this out of the store? Will I use this tomorrow? And if the answer is no - she puts it back.
Here she explains why this little trick will work like a charm for you too:
"An architect I once worked with explained to me that a lot of people buying is aspirational: you buy things not for the life you actually have, but for the life you want to have. It's a sort of 'if you build it, they will come' mentality: 'if I buy this amazing outdoor grill, I will definitely start having huge backyard parties where I invite all my friends.' Only a lot of the time, it doesn't work that way.
Despite our best intentions, these wishful purchases sit unused, or maybe, since nobody can see the future, the things that you bought in anticipation of some future event turn out to be not quite what you need. Maybe once you actually have a party you realize that the grill you bought before you started grilling isn't really the right grill at all."
Genius, if you ask me.
So let's enjoy NOW! Thoughts?
P.S: Life lessons and one life to live...
P.P.S: The small, happy life and why boring is good.
(Photo by Kara Rosenlund. Advice via Apartment Therapy)