How To Stop Buying Unnecessary Things And Be Grateful For What You Have
Temptation surrounds you everywhere you look and everywhere you go. Even if you don’t go out much, just browsing on the internet provides a goldmine of temptation. No matter how strict you try to be with your budget and savings account, the desire to buy things and spend money is so strong and powerful that you might end up constantly buying things that you don’t really need.
Regardless of whether you spend big bucks on a few large purchases less often, or you spend little money here and there on smaller items more often, the fact is that all this spending can result in savings depletion and even worse, debt.
In order to break out of this cycle, it’s important that you look deep within yourself and learn what your spending triggers are. This is a way better option than having buyer’s remorse after buying things because you didn’t learn to question yourself and your purchases.
It might take some time and a lot of introspection, but discovering the reason why you are so easily manipulated into buying things on impulse can really teach you a lot about yourself.
It’s a worthwhile use of your time and energy, I promise. If you’re having a hard time doing some introspection, consulting a professional psychic can be help you speed the process along and tell you things about yourself you weren’t aware of.
Sure, that costs money, but it’s more of an investment in yourself and your future. Learning valuable lessons is priceless and anything that teaches you about the future and helps you mentally is, in my opinion, a good use of money.
I also believe that paying for counseling, psychiatrists, etc. are a good use of money, but I personally prefer psychics because they are much more intuitive and in-tune with people’s souls and inner feelings.
It could be that you’re trying to fill a void inside of yourself that you didn’t even know you had. Or it’s possible that you’re subconsciously trying to “buy” affection, love, or attention. Perhaps you are looking to be accepted by society, or by a certain group of people you wish to spend time with. Really take some time to notice if you might be looking for validation through your purchases.
Maybe you don’t have enough self-confidence or self-esteem and believe the commercials when they tell you that all you need is their product and all of a sudden, you’ll be popular and everyone will love you. Learn to love yourself first and everything else will fall into place. Work on your confidence, do things that raise your self-esteem. These are the qualities that will make people want to be around you more, not what products you buy.
Maybe another reason you aren’t able to resist the perfectly designed and deliberately placed ads that surround you could be that you lack self-control. Practice building up your will-power, personal strength and self-control.
In doing so, you’ll be amazed how resistant you’ll become to the promises of all these ads. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the different marketing techniques that companies use.
See if there’s a particular sort of ad that makes you reach for your wallet quicker than others. Is it commercials that show two people madly in love because something they bought lead to them falling for each other? If so, it could be that you’re looking for love and ready to find your soulmate.
Is it the ads that show a perfect, happy family doing awesome things together thanks to a product? If so, it could be that you miss having a tight-knit family and there are some issues you need to work on in order to get to that point.
All advertisements are designed to speak to your subconscious and if you don’t question their intentions, you leave yourself susceptible and easily become one of their “victims”. That is how they get richer and you get poorer. Once you learn about the different advertising tactics companies use, you may even find yourself laughing at their desperate attempts to separate you from your hard-earned money!
Discovering your personal habits and emotional triggers is a great way to keep your money to yourself, but it isn’t the only way. Another effective method is to practice being grateful for what you already have. This is an easier thing to do than looking within yourself for your emotional triggers but if you are able to do both, I highly suggest you do.
Do you never go hungry and always have food to eat? Be grateful for that. Do you have a bed to sleep in and a roof over your head? Be grateful for that. Do you have people who love and care about you? Be grateful for that. Maintain this positive, grateful attitude on a daily basis.
Not only will it keep you from buying things you don’t need, but it will also improve your life in general. Scientific studies have shown that being grateful makes us healthier. Our existence is made up mostly by our own perceptions and attitudes about the world we live in. Happy, positive thoughts = happy, positive life.
When you acknowledge what you have and are grateful for it, you’re able to let go of any preconceived notions about what you think you “need” to have or what you “should” buy in order to live a happy and fulfilled life.
Constantly remind yourself that you already have everything you need in order to live. Continually show gratitude for these things instead of taking them for granted or trying to “upgrade” them. This creates a cycle of positive, thankful thoughts and reminds you that buying more things won’t make your life better.
Thinking about how all your necessities are met and of how you lack nothing can even make you consider others around you that may not be as fortunate. So many times we’re too busy thinking about what WE need and what WE want and how to make OUR lives better that we don’t pay attention to what others need, and this warps our perception.
To change your perception about how many products you should own and how much money you need in order to be happy, try volunteering at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or homeless shelter. This can be a truly eye-opening experience and one that is sure to change your attitude for the better.
Despite what advertisements and companies are constantly trying to shove down your throat- MONEY CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS!
It’s up to you to be happy, positive, and grateful for your life and the things you have. Really make it your mission to remove emotions when making purchases and work on strengthening your will-power.
A lot of times if you hold off on buying something you think you HAVE to have, you’ll later realize that you never even needed it to begin with and don’t miss not having it in your life.
Save your money for a yearly trip somewhere new, for the future, and for getting your mental health in order (counselor, psychiatrist, therapist, psychic advisor)- I guarantee you’ll get more satisfaction from those things than you will from spending it on the latest pair of name brand shoes or clothes!