We’re all looking for ways to make that paycheque stretch just a little bit further, am I right?
I mean, there are expenses that are unavoidable – the basic necessities: food, water, shelter, clothing, etc. etc. If you’ve got kids, you’ve gotta feed and clothe them, get them some toys and buy them whatever supplies they might need for school and what-not.
Then there are other things that are nice to have in terms of enjoyment of life, but not really required for survival: TV, music, meals out, a car (which, for many, IS a necessity), the odd drink here and there, etc.
If you’ve got all that covered and still have some disposable income after the fact, you might be tempted to spend it on things you don’t really need. We all do it, and there’s a few reasons why that are outlined HERE.
For people who are trying to save money, spending frivolously on things you don’t need is a real problem. I know, I know, that issue of US Weekly looks so inviting at the cash register at your favourite grocery store… But that’s exactly why stores put that stuff there. They’re all aware of the concept of impulse buying and they’re trying to maximize the amount that you do it. Do you really need brand-name everything? Or that Star Wars figurine collector set that will “surely increase in value over the next 20 years,” what if it doesn’t? You know, we spend on all kinds of different things we don’t need to.
And this isn’t intended to be something where I scold you for it. I get it. I mean, I own three cars. I can only ever drive one of them at a time, but they do all serve different purposes, and that’s how I justify it. And I’m sure everyone else has ways to justify their unnecessary spending.
If you’ve found yourself frustrated with the amount of splurging that you do, however, and want to cut back, I do have one easy, helpful tip for you.
I wish I could say I thought of it myself, but alas, I did not. I stole it from Reddit, which is what I do with most things anymore. It was originally posted (most recently, at least) by user OneOne6unashamed, HERE. I say “most recently” because it’s pretty hard to tell what’s original and what’s a repost, and someone in the comments did call this one out for being a repost. Anyway, without further ado, the trick to stopping your spending:
Keep that photo of Terry Crews in your wallet so anytime you’re about to spend money on something stupid, you think twice. Crews may make you think of Old Spice, or Brooklyn Nine Nine, but this photo is actually from his time on Everybody Hates Chris, where he played Julius, the super-cheap father of Chris.
What’s funny is that now, Crews gets paid for trying to get people to splurge a little bit on Old Spice products, with ridiculous commercials like this one:
Mind you, I’ve been buying Old Spice since LONG before Terry Crews was ever involved. You’re welcome, Old Spice.
Anyway, that little tip should help you save a bit of money here and there. For some more tips on ways to save money, check out this list HERE.