Does Every Purchase Have to Mean Something?

Someone asked me the other day whether every purchase and financial transaction has to have deep meaning.

“To hear you talk sometimes,” this person said, “no one should ever buy anything unless they’ve carefully researched it, dissected it, and tallied the impact on the budget. Doesn’t anyone get to have any fun with their money?”

Okay, that’s pretty fair criticism. I am guilty at times of preaching that people should consider the impact on their budget of everything they buy. I’ll admit that I’m not that kind when someone comes running up to me to tell me that they’ve blown $500 that they hadn’t budgeted for on something lik


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3 Responses to Does Every Purchase Have to Mean Something?

  1. Alexandria says:

    I personally enjoy spending more when it means something.

    If I had money to burn, then whatever. But most of us have to manage finite resources. The more efficient I am with my own resources, the happier I am overall.

    Of course, people always focus on the negative. We may not be throwing around money *just because* and are not quick to be spontaneous or splurge, but we have always had the means to finance our true wants and dreams. That’s priceless! Do you think I give a flip that I can’t afford to eat out more? I could care less! & doing so would take away from spending time with my kids, and from the material luxuries that we do really enjoy.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I feel that everything I purchase should always have meaning to it, that way I’m not just merely “wasting” hard earned money on something I don’t need or wont use! I prefer “being in love” with an item before making a purchase, that way that item will be well taken care of and will last well beyond its years possibly handed down to my children once they turn adults examples:(cast iron cookware,electronics, some pieces of furniture like wood,and small decor items that withstand lots of use along with years due to quality,and maybe certain books that were my favorites!) I wont make a purchase if I know I will not put that item to good use! Good day to all!

  3. Gail says:

    I have found over the years what triggers my buy me signal. If I have the money I many times will give in, otherwise I don’t. Many things that most women ‘can’t live without’ I can pass by with no problem. Most of my I want thats are cheap, entertaining, educational, and also give me knowledge for our on line business. I love reading sewing and quilting books and magazines and the knowledge I gain from them is supstantial and as most of my life is spent trying not to hurt from arthritis I have found them to be an easy way to take my mind off of the pain for an hour or two or three. If my I want it urgeings were more expensive, I would have to be very much more careful in my wants. Some things don’t haven’t any real meaning other than the comfort they offer.

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