Before making a purchase, ask yourself “Do I really need this?”. If your answer is “yes”, try to wait a day before buying it. Often, you will discover that you didn’t really need that latest thing.
Why? Aside from the obvious – it’s a waste of your finances to buy what you don’t need – there are other benefits.
Simplicity itself is one of the rewards you gain when you limit your consumerism. Life is less complicated when it’s not cluttered with “stuff” (or, “junk”). You want to move? You can, easily. It’s freeing to own what you need (and not much more).
You should have some quality clothing, a nice watch, some good every day carry gear, things that have meaning to you and perhaps (when you pass it down) your children. But you want to avoid junk drawers full of clutter, piles of DVDs you will never watch again, closets full of clothing you never wear, broken sports equipment, shelves of books you never intend to read, etc.
But your financial well-being is a huge factor as well. It seems most people are in constant debt, and have become prisoners to what they owe. Do you want to own your stuff, or will you allow your stuff to own you? A real man is free. And part of that is the freedom from debt.
So avoid buying the stuff you don’t need. De-clutter your life by selling or giving away the things weighing you down. Spend your money wisely. You’ll be much, much happier.