Lyn left a comment last week that really resonated with me! Here’s what she said:
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She makes so many good points! Know your needs from your wants and decide if buying a want is really the best use of your money in these uncertain times. That’s something I struggle with all the time. Do I buy that fabulous dish that sets my heart a flutter or do I save that money. Should I donate that money instead? Sometimes buying the thing wins (90% of the time) – I’m by no means perfect! Then I always ask myself “how many dishes/linens/fabric/insert your gazingus pin- do I really need?”
I love decorating! How many times do I need to re-do a room that’s perfectly fine (even if I do it on a budget)? Why am I re-doing it? Am I bored and need something to do or discontent? Do I think a new look would make me happier (sometimes it does)?
Believe me, I’ve painted my kitchen at least 7 times in 10 years, so I am in no way saying it’s something that shouldn’t happen. I’m all about believing that your home is a reflection of you. Sometimes I sit in my living room and think how much I enjoy the way it looks! It does make me happy! I want a pretty home. I just think I need to be honest with myself about why I do some of these things. And if it’s cause I need a “project” to keep me busy, well…at least I know the truth of why I’m spending my money and that’s important! Or maybe I’ve changed and my house/that room is no longer “me” and needs to be changed? I don’t know….I don’t have it all together….I just spent $5 on a yard of toile that I have no use for, but I loved it and one day I will use it! ….and I feel guilty. We could use that money on so many other things(nothing essential like food or mortgage). Ugh! Do you have a headache yet? ~smile
The best way to save money is not to spend it in the first place.