Your room is full of crap.
Your car is full of crap.
Your crap is full of crap.
Here's how you can stop buying crap that you (really) don't need.
Have you looked your under house? It's full things. Have you walked around? Your closet is a full things. Have you looked in your car? Is it full of stuff you don't need? Well, if you've come to the point where you're buying stuff and things you really don't need, here is one. Yes. One technique I've implemented in my life, so I stopped buying crap I don't need, we don't need very much, so here we go.
First off, identify what it is. Is it clothing? Is it knick-knacks? Is it just stuff you can grab? You can just hold like this keyboard. Is it just stuff that you really don't need? Figure out what your hot button is when you buy things. Is that when things go on sale? Is that the newsletter that comes in your email every single day?
Delete those unsubscribes. Stop going. Stop doing. That'd be first step, but the first real and awesome, real, true Virta that all. True technique is to take a piece of pen, a paper piece of paper, and a pen, a notebook, and write down every single purchase you make for a 30 day period. This'll help because you will become hyper aware on what is going on, and the reality is you probably will buy less, and I do mean everything.
If you buy a $2 two a toothpaste, if you buy a $200. New microphone for your camera. It doesn't matter. Write down every single little thing to the penny. Precision is really important here and here's where you're going to hack your mind to remember to do this. You're going to keep it with you wherever you go.
On your desk at, work on your nightstand, on your passenger seat, every where you go, you have to see it. Physically. Putting in the bag does not work because out of sight, out of mind, but at somewhere where you look at it every single day. Day, every single moment. You want that constant. You want it to be your best buddy, your best buddy who's holding you accountable because that really is what it's doing.
That's the first reason this works. The next reason is because if you have to physically with your hand, write down every single thing you bought. Whew. I'm lazy. I'm very lazy, so I'm more likely not to buy something because I know I have to log it. And if you have a little bit of laziness in you, which I think you do, most of us do, I think all of us do, actually, you most likely will buy less because you will not want to write it down.
Like when I have candy cravings at nine o'clock on a weekday, I could go to the store and go buy candy. However, I know I'm going to have to log in and. It just helps me. I get over it, and when you look at something constantly and it's nearby and visible all the time, it stays on your mind. I remember many times that when I simply write down a note and keep it close to me, I don't even have to look at the note because that's.
I wrote it down. It's in my brain. It's what I written on the tablet of my brain. So keep things close. It'll help you remember, remember, and be aware, because awareness is the key ingredient here and how you're going to make it look on the page is totally up to you. I am not going to metal into that, but what I did is put a potential purchase column.
So things I was thinking about buying, things that perhaps didn't need. And I'd write it down, write down the exact amounts, going to cost. For instance, $108 and 75 cents
and think about it. Take 72 hours or maybe even a week, take a few days to really process. Is this a necessity or desire? And if it's a desire, cross it off and move on. If it really is a necessity and you really feel compelled to purchase it, then buy it. Now, this is not for things like food, not for essentials.
This is for the things that may be you need. Maybe you don't. They're teetering on the line, and this is the very important thing to make sure that you can start curbing the shopaholic ism because it's not good for future your future goals. Let's take an easy example. Let's say some a pair of jeans you want to buy cost $50.
You write down genes? $50 alright, we got it on there. Another way of looking at it like this, so if you were to take that $50 and invest it over a 30 year period at between six and 8% which is a historical average of the stock market, at least US-based, there'll be about four times that amount, so about $200 so you have to ask yourself, are these jeans worth $200 over the long run?
That's a tough one. I would encourage every single purchase to be put through that lens because you're not really spending $50 you're actually spending 200 and the $50 jeans are probably not worth $200 to you. I'd encourage you to look into the closet and see if there's anything similar. If there is, say no, but every single purchase, take it, multiply it by four and ask yourself, is it worth.
This new amount for the time value of money. If the answer is yes, buy it, be done with it. Don't think about it. Don't spend any more of your mental energy thinking about something like this. If the answer is no, cross it off. Be done with it and move on. Same principle. Do not spend any more time conjecturing or thinking about it.
Move on with your life. That's one simple technique I have. And placed into my life. I did the physical journey for a little while. I recommend for all you is 30 days, and then I moved on to a more electronic version, which still forces me to log every single purchase every single time I spent any amount of money.
I log it and it does still deter me to this day, months and months and goodness. Almost two years in. Because I don't want to like things. I'm super lazy. I really, really don't. It's not fun to log things, although it's not fun. It's very worthwhile and it gives me a very, very good picture on what's going on.
But what other techniques do you guys have you guys implemented to help yourself spend less and really stay true to your budget? I want to hear about it. Comment below. Make sure to like and subscribe to the channel and I will see you guys in your non shopaholic attitudes next time.