Have you ever thought about what you need versus what you want?? When we were little we were taught there are wants and there are needs. You need shelter, you need food, you need water, you need clothes. But we want a big fancy house, we want to go out to eat, we want specialty coffees and energy drinks, we want name brand clothes, purses, shoes.
Have you ever stopped to think about the why?? Will a bigger house will make us happier? Maybe there’s a need to prove something to someone so we buy the most expensive purse we can afford and flaunt it at work or the grocery store? Does the steak at an over priced restaurants taste better than the one at home? Is it too inconvenient to filter water at home and easier to buy cases of name brand water?
What is your motivation or lack of motivation?
Have you ever thought about how long you have to work for the things you buy? Chris and I used to play this game a lot back in the day and we’re finding ourselves doing it again. For instance, if I want to buy a $100 pair of jeans (I’d NEVER do that) and I make $10/hr then I’d have to work 10 hours to buy the jeans. Are they worth 10 hours of work?? If the answers Yes then buy away but if it’s NO then no sale!!
I know we think about this differently. We still indulge in wants but we try to keep it as close to needs as possible. For us simpler is better. If we don’t need it then we really have to think about how long we had to worked to buy it. Like the new RV. We need a new home but how much of a home do we need vs want?? Regardless of which RV we decide on we’ll be buying our new home for no more than 4 months savings. We think 4 months of hard work is a damn good trade off for a new home!! How many other people can say that? In our world of fulltimers or the more conventional world of stick and brick houses?? Our rationalization is the same with Big Red. The old girl needs some work…the Texas dry creek bed driving was not kind to her at all and we’ve put over 3,000 miles on her in the last 6 months alone with all our travels. To us it only seems logical to invest the $500 or so in parts to get her purring again. We’re lucky in the fact that Chris is a whiz on the Miatas and there ain’t a part he can’t replace or a project he can’t do. I’ll be his trusty side kick and get a little greasy in the process just for fun!!
Have you ever thought about recycling and reusing existing things you have instead of buying something new?? I never had until we started this adventure. Now I’m learning that a lot of things can be fixed or adapted to use again. Like our couch. Our couch isn’t the most comfortable and it’s a hideous faded pink. We bought a cream couch cover for it when we were fixing up everything for our original launch. That was a waste of money. The couch cover didn’t fit well and doesn’t fit at all when we make the couch into a bed for movie night add in a Dickie puke (it’s cream colored remember) and it’s toast. Now we use one of our throw blankets to cover it. The plan is to buy a mattress pillow top ($11) and use an old sheet we have and reupholster it ourselves. That way it’ll be more comfy and NOT pink!!
What about shopping at thrift stores? Have you thought of buying clothes, furniture, appliances etc from a second hand store?? We’d shop in ’em on occasion before but now I prefer to go to them first. You never know what you’re going to find which is half the fun for me, the other half being I’m a sucker for a good deal, a bargain and a sale!! I like buying clothes there. They are always the real true size. It’s been worn and washed so there’s no guessing on shrinkage. It is what it is!! I’ve been on the look out for a small portable sewing machine so we can take full advantage of the clothes and be able to make new curtains and such for the new RV. A small investment on a sewing machine for a huge yield for years to come!!
Do you think about want vs need?? What are some of your money saving tips? Are we frugal or just cheap? Or just plain weird??
With Much LOVE