and nice material things that we feel like we just can't live
without. Cell phones have become as normal as having
a set keys. Televisions have gotten bigger and flatter each
year. With all the incentives to buy a home and a car, they
are kind of hard to resist.
As adults living in this society, we have got to know the
difference between our wants and our needs. If there is
something that you need, you work hard and provide it.
If you want something you need to ask yourself if you can
afford it. It is so stressful to sacrifice a need because
of something that we want.
We see something we really want, know the price is too
much for our budget, and sign the contract anyway. We
tell ourselves "it's so pretty" or "it's so nice". Then we say
those magic words "I have to have it". We tell ourselves
that we will figure out how to pay for it later.
Shelter is a necessity, but a house you can't afford is not.
Transportation is a necessity, but a brand new car is not.
Food is a necessity, going out to eat a lot is not. Clothing
and shoes are a necessity, but name brand clothing and
shoes are not. Communicating with others is a necessity,
but always having the latest cell phone is not.
There is nothing wrong with having nice things if you
can afford them. It's okay to live in an apartment until
you can afford a house. It's okay to drive a decent car.
As long as the clothing you have cover your body and the
shoes you have protect your feet, it doesn't matter what
brand they are. Buying groceries will save you a lot more
money than eating out.
What you have to do is ignore the commercials you see
on television that tell you what you should have. Those
commercials are there for that specific reason. If you can
afford it, then get it. If you can't afford it, then wait until you
can. Do what is best for you and your family so that you
don't struggle to have the things that you need first.