We live in a very temporary society. Technology is progressing faster than ever imagined, which results in household items becoming obsolete at an exponential rate. Not to mention the pressure put on us by the media to always have the next best thing. While we are currently just trying to get a grasp on this concept in the technology field, there are other fields where we have grown accustomed to this type of disposability. Clothing, for example, is something we often feel the need to consistently replace.
The appeal of giving into these habits is quite clear; so let’s talk about the downside. Feeling the need to constantly modernize everything we own puts a big strain on our finances. There will always be an unlimited amount of options for new and improved items to spend money on, but (unfortunately!) we don’t live with an unlimited income to fund these habits. However, it is possible to indulge. The key is to indulge with insight.
What this all comes down to is living within your means. You should have a conscious grasp of how much you make you make, how much you save, and your living expenses. If you don’t, not to worry: take this as an opportunity to sit down and create a budget. If this sounds like an insurmountable task, don’t be afraid to ask for help! No one expects you to know everything, so you shouldn’t be afraid to enlist the help of trusted friends or professionals. By being aware of how much you need to save and spend on everyday expenses, you have a more clear idea of how much leeway you have to spend on things that aren’t exactly necessities.