What Do You Need?

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If you want to get ahead financially, one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is, “What do I need?” It seems like such a simple question, one where the answers should be immediately obvious. You need food, shelter, clothing, and maybe transportation. Everything else is really a want, in some form or other. The catch is that the media and Madison Avenue have made us believe that we need so much more than the basics.

We need cell phones with big data plans because if we’re out of contact for a minute we’re failing at life. We need pay TV or else we’re missing out on all the shows everyone else has seen. We need tablets because we have to be enter


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2 Responses to What Do You Need?

  1. I NEEEED AN iDevice!!!!!

    But really, this is the question that should be asked before EVERY purchase. And answering “no” doesn’t mean you won’t buy whatever it is, it just means you’re ackknowledging that you “want” this thing, you dont “need” it. I think it’s VERY important to understand that distinction, and stop tricking yourself into thinking you “need” everything.

  2. Gailete says:

    I could go without a cell phone (I do), I could go without the internet (that would be tough), I could go without TV (no problem), but I personally need books and lots of them to keep me sane. Not sure what would happen if I went without a book for a week, but I suspect I would spontaneously combust. That being said, I know this particular need and handle it in the most economic way. I don’t constantly buy new books, or download a new one to my Kindle as soon as I have read my latest book. Nope I buy them at bag day at the library, I borrow them from the library, I use the library to library exchange if I need to, I download FREE Kindle books, I read and review books for Amazon and they send them to me for free (maybe 30-40 a year). So a habit that could cost me at least a $1000 or more a year at the rate I read, probably costs me $50 or less a year. I think this is an example of dealing with ‘needs’ in the cheapest way possible.

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