If You Are Not Going to Use It Regularly, Do Not Buy
We all have different criteria for what we think deserves our money. However, if your goal is to save money altogether, one rule of thumb can always help: if they’re going to end up in a trash bin or closet, just don’t buy them.
This advice is similar to “don’t go to bed in anger” in terms of what is easy to say but difficult to do. Most of us have a bunch of rubbish that we cling to “just in case.” Or worse, we’ll buy something in case we ever need it. However, “having good” doesn’t just cost money. They are worth the space. They are worth the time. The more shit you have, the more precious your life as a whole. As the personal finance blog Life Optimization explains:
For me, minimalism is a philosophy of owning what you use regularly and nothing more. In a consumerist society where we are constantly bombarded with ads to buy things we don’t need, we have become people who end up being overwhelmed by that very property. You can get a temporary moment of happiness every time you buy something, but that feeling will soon go away.
Of course, what counts as a “use” of an item can vary. Buying things you love to keep your home cozy, or luxury purchases that make you more satisfied with your life can be okay in moderation. But buying a bread maker because someday you might want to make bread only wastes money, takes up closet space and makes you annoyed with your past when it comes time to move.
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