The title of this post is a pretty broad statement, and it can also be difficult to follow that creed at all times. Sometimes we want something more, something a little bigger, better, nicer. Our advice, however, is to think about what you actually need now, and what you will need in the future before you make purchases. Here’s an example…
If you’re trying to spruce up a drab apartment or house and really make it feel like your home, you’ll need to spend some money on it. You’ll want nice furniture, wall art, decorative items, and maybe a paint job. Depending on how you go about it, you could spend a small fortune on such things. So… and this is going to sound deep for a moment… think about your life.
Are you at a stage in life where you need high-end furniture that will last for decade? Do you have fickle taste and like to follow trends? Would you be better off putting your money towards other expenses and paying off debt rather than nice furniture and decorations?
Maybe you’re a young professional who doesn’t have the money to finance such purchases. Maybe you have young children who will make a mess of your home for the next decade. Either way, these are situations where you can probably minimize your spending on decorative choices, and just get by with what you need.
Look for inexpensive options for now. You’ll have plenty of time to upgrade in the future, when you have a steady income, more money saved up, and older/less messy children. Don’t bother spending a fortune when less will do. Consider buying used items from thrift stores, yard sales, and craigslist. You may also be interested in some DIY projects to customize your home decor. Just another way to cut back on spending.
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