Temptation surrounds you everywhere you look and everywhere you go. Even if you don’t go out much, browsing 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 powerful that you might constantly buy things you don’t need.
Regardless of whether you buy expensive things less often or are constantly buying cheap things, the fact is that all this spending can result in savings depletion and, even worse, debt. To break out of this cycle, you must look deep within yourself and recognize your spending triggers. Doing this is better than regretting purchases because you didn’t learn to question yourself and your purchases.
It might take some time and a lot of introspection, but discovering why it’s so easy to manipulate you into buying things on impulse can teach you much about yourself. It’s a worthwhile use of your time and energy, I promise. If you’re having difficulty doing some introspection, consulting a professional psychic can help you speed the process along and tell you things about yourself you weren’t aware of.
Sure, that costs money, but it’s money well spent- it’s 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, good use of money. What psychics teach you today can save you money in the long run.
Paying for anyone who can help you mentally, like counselors, psychiatrists, and therapists, is also a good use of money. Still, I prefer psychics because they are much more intuitive and in tune with people’s souls and inner feelings.
What Are You Really Trying To Buy?
It could be that you’re trying to fill a void inside yourself you didn’t even know you had. Or you may be subconsciously trying to “buy” affection, love, or attention. Perhaps you want to be accepted by society or a particular group of people you wish to spend time with. Take time to notice if you are looking for validation through your purchases.
You may lack self-confidence or self-esteem; this can make you believe commercials that tell you you NEED their product. All you have to do is buy their product; voila, you’ll be popular, and everyone will love you, right? Learn to love yourself first, and everything else will fall into place. Work on your confidence, and do things that raise your self-esteem. These qualities will make people want to be around you more, not what products you buy.
Maybe another reason you can’t resist the perfectly designed and deliberately placed ads surrounding you is that you lack self-control. Practice building up your willpower, personal strength, and self-control. In doing so, you’ll be amazed at how resistant you’ll become to the promises of all these ads. Take some time to familiarize yourself with companies’ different marketing techniques. See if a particular ad style makes you reach for your wallet quicker than others.
Do commercials showing two people falling madly in love after buying something together get you every time? If so, you could be looking for love and ready to find your soulmate. Do the ads showing a perfect, happy family doing awesome things together thanks to a product do the trick? If so, it could be that you miss having a tight-knit family or miss doing things together. Work on whatever it is that will get you back to get to that point.
Don’t Be A Victim To Sneaky Marketers
Marketers design advertisements to speak to your subconscious; if you don’t question their intentions, you leave yourself susceptible and quickly become one of their “victims.” That’s how they get richer, and you get poorer. Once you learn about companies’ different advertising tactics, you may even laugh at their desperate attempts to take your hard-earned money! Discovering your 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 gratitude for what you already have. Being thankful is easier than reflecting on your emotional triggers, but if you can do both, I highly suggest you do. Do you always have plenty of food? Be grateful for that. Do you have a bed and a roof over your head? Be thankful for that. Do you have people who love and care about you? Be grateful for that. Maintain this positive, appreciative attitude daily.
Not only will it keep you from buying things you don’t need, but it’ll also generally improve your life. Scientific studies have shown that gratitude makes us healthier because our existence primarily depends on our perceptions and attitudes about our world. That means happy, positive thoughts = happy, positive life! When you acknowledge what you have and are grateful for, you can release preconceived notions about what you think you “need” or what you “should” buy to live a happy and fulfilled life.
Constantly remind yourself you already have everything you need to live. Continually show gratitude for these things instead of taking them for granted or trying to “upgrade” them. This action creates a cycle of positive, thankful thoughts and reminds you that buying more things won’t improve your life.
Take Some Time To Volunteer
Thinking about how your necessities are taken care of and how you’re not lacking anything can make you think about others who are less fortunate. So often, we’re too busy thinking about what WE need and want and how to improve OUR lives that we ignore what OTHERS need. Thinking only about ourselves warps our perception. To change your perception about how many products you should own and how much money you need to be happy, try volunteering at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or homeless shelter.
Volunteering can be a truly eye-opening experience that will surely change your attitude for the better. Despite what advertisements and companies constantly try to shove down your throat- THINGS don’t buy happiness! Being happy, positive, and grateful for your life and what you have is a choice. Make it your mission to remove emotions when making purchases, and work on strengthening your willpower.
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 experts. I guarantee you’ll get more satisfaction from those things than spending it on the latest pair of name-brand shoes or clothes!