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Impulse Shopping Tug of War

August 18th, 2006 at 10:14 am

My family and I were at Barnes and Nobles yesterday when the Impulse Shopper Fiend appeared and tempted me with books to purchase. I struggled to maintain sanity and did not buy anything. It helps to think about saving for bigger things to buy later like that big screen TV or a travel destination within the next month.

I don't believe that people should save every minute because life is too short not to enjoy experiences now. Having a spending limit and sorting through priorities will help to achieve these things and enable a more balanced financial diet.

2 Responses to “Impulse Shopping Tug of War”

  1. Bookie Says:

    Mostly, I think the concern is less with spending than with the sort of mindless spending so many of us have done over the years, particularly with credit card in hand. Purchases that are conscious, planned, and calculated to enhance our lives require no justification.

    Where thrift goes astray is when it promotes pettiness and self-denial under the guise of virtue, when it sit in self-righteous judgment on the spending of others, and when it drains life of spontaneity and joy.

  2. Eve15 Says:

    Wonderful philosophy! I will be sure to keep that in mind the next time I plan to shop! Thanks Bookie!

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