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Do You Really Need That

December 29, 2012

Many people go shopping for “therapy”.   It is not just to go looking.  It is the quest for the good buy or to keep up with the “ Jones-es”.  Okay you are going shopping.  There is a precious designer T-shirt.  It is clothing which is one of the needs so that’s okay or is it?  Oh I’m hungry and there is an ice cream shop so you have a double chocolate sundae.  That is food and another need but is it really?  Do you really need it?  With the economy the way it is all of us need to re prioritize our wants.  Do you really need what you want?

Needs are things that are necessary to survive.  A want is something that you can put off buying.  What is your income?  Let’s make a budget and see how much of that the need/necessities require.  In reality you only need a few things to survive:  roof over your head, enough food and clean water to maintain your health, basic medical care and hygiene products, and clothing (just to remain comfortable and be appropriately dressed) and transportation to your job.  The money that remains after the necessities are taken care of is your discretionary money.

Everything that goes beyond the basics such as a big house, designer label clothes, fancy vehicle, fancy food and drink are all wants.  Does that mean we can have no more than those basics?  Of course we can have more if we save for those special things.

Read more about this subject at this website:  http://www.bripblap.com/how-to-determine-needs-vs-wants/

Here are some good illustrations of the difference in want and need: http://inspirationfeed.com/inspiration/artists/20-eye-opening-need-vs-want-illustrations-by-erin-hanson/

http://www.smartaboutmoney.org/economicsurvivaltips/Spending/ShoppingTherapy/WantsVSNeeds/tabid/614/Default.aspx

Find out how to cure your retail hangover by checking this article out http://www.smartaboutmoney.org/FeaturedArticles/CureYourRetailHangover/tabid/495/Default.aspx

Here is a worksheet for working out your wants and needs:  http://www.smartaboutmoney.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=btPZX3SemLs%3d&tabid=603

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