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3 questions I ask before making a purchase that help me spend less money | Knowledge and joy

I have always been an impulsive person. In some cases, this can be a big deal, but when it comes to spending, it can be a problem. I recently went on a spending spree to help reset some of these spending trends (you can read more about the details of the spending spree in this blog post). While I avoid certain stores and sites that I know may be triggers for me when it comes to consumption, the urge to buy still arises.

This is where the set of questions I share today is practical. In general, the three questions below apply to purchases that are outside of life’s standard necessities such as food and basic toiletries. They have helped me limit unnecessary purchases and be more aware of what I am buying. I hope you find them useful too!

3 questions I ask that help me spend less money

1. Will this make my life easier in the future?

For me, this question helps me figure out purchases that will save me time and energy while not adding extra clutter or maintenance to the process. If the given item I am considering does not fit the bill, I try to avoid buying it.

2. Is it in my budget?

This may seem like a simple question, but it is a point that can often be brushed under the rug when we are faced with something we really want. In my experience, it can sometimes be easy to get caught up in what you think you are missing out on at the moment does not make a purchase. Still, I find that if I respect this question, choosing something in my budget creates less stress in the long run. Saying no to something that is not in your budget is perfectly okay.

I find it helpful to consider whether the product I am looking at is one whole body yes. If it is not, I can usually skip it.

3. Is this something I do love or am I just rushing to find something I like?

Not asking myself this question has been at the core of most of my negative consumption cycles. There are so many products I like. But when it comes to finding something, I really am love– Especially pieces that will stand the test of time – the purchasing process often requires more patience and resisting the urge to find something right away. I find it helpful to consider whether the product I am looking at is one whole body yes. If it is not, I can usually skip it.

As an example, a few things I recently purchased in connection with the spending freeze were durable drinking glasses, wine glassand Record. All of these things will be suitable for use on our outdoor patios. We have been using our standard glassware and tableware outdoors for the past few years and have ruined several things in the process. This purchase was not one need necessarily. However, the items were things I loved that would make life easier and get lots of use while still being in my budget for the month.

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