Whenever you’re tempted to splurge on something cheap, simply hold it in your hand for 10 seconds and ask yourself honestly whether you need it or not. Actively try to think of reasons why you shouldn’t buy this item. Will you really get enough value out of it to make it worth the cost?
Usually, just 10 seconds will convince you that you don’t really need the item, and if something still passes the test, feel free to buy it!
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For more expensive items simply choose to wait 30 days after your first serious impulse before buying the expensive item, provided that it’s not an essential or emergency need.
Use that time to do a little research and make sure you actually want or will use the item, and also give i...
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Rent unless your total monthly cost of home ownership is lower than renting.
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Cancel your unused memberships and subscriptions.
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...take care of your current situation.
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You don't need to make the perfect decision all the time, and if you want to preserve your decision-making energy for the things that actually matter, then try to make decisions that are not critical (e. g. deciding what toilet paper to buy or which Airbnb to rent)
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