I find myself constantly wanting to buy things, spend my money and acquire a million different things that I probably don’t actually need. Even though I am saving my money currently for a major trip overseas and my rainy day fund, I still find it hard to resist buying new things for myself.
It made me think, ‘do I really NEED that?’ when thinking about things I wanted to buy.
Here is a list of 10 things that I really want, but shouldn’t purchase as I am trying to save money.
1. New pots and Pans for the Kitchen
I already have a heap of pots and pans that I use for cooking, but for some reason I want new ones – shiny ones and pots and pans that match.
This really is an added luxury that isn’t totally necessary, as the existing wares already work perfectly and make no real difference to my cooking. It would just be a nice add on to have all the pans matching and looking nice and tidy.
These can probably wait a few more years, they are expensive as well depending on the brand and quality you purchase.
2. A Nintendo Wii
Whether you are a kid, teen, adult or grandparent – don’t you think the Nintendo Wii looks fun? Those ads that come on TV while you are watching the news and really make me want one.
The idea of socially playing virtual tennis, bowling or ping pong would probably go down very well after a few too many wines – but is it really worth spending hundreds?
Odds are this would just sit on the shelf after a week or so, never to be used again. Might be better to save the money in my opinion.
3. New Business Shirts
This is my true addiction, buying collared shirts that I can wear to work or when I am going out. I must have about 20, yet only wear 5 or so a week. But you know what? I still want more. You may know what I am talking about, whether it be dresses, shirts, pants or shoes – whatever you vice, it is hard to tell yourself enough is enough when it comes to clothes.
I am trying to tell myself that by saving more money by NOT buying these shirts, I will likely have more money for my trip, my rainy day fund and in turn a little bit left over for myself to spend on these kinds of things down the track. It helps me get away from the impulse buy which is good.
4. Jeans…another pair!
How many pairs of jeans can one person own? It is ridiculous, I won’t even bother to elaborate on this. The answer is to stop buying so many pairs; you only really need 1-2.
5. Exercise Equipment
I have been wanting to get fit for many years now, I tend to hit the gym for 2-3 months, lose weight and then find myself slacking off for 7 months before the cycle repeats itself.
My thoughts are that maybe I should buy a treadmill or cycle to use daily? Yet I know that I will likely use it a number of times only to have it collect dust in the corner of the room for the rest of its life.
I think I will save this money and just start walking the dogs more for a bit of exercise.
What 5 things do you want to buy but shouldn’t?
Tell us your list, is it a new car when really you should do without for a while? We would love to hear.