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5 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Stop Buying Unnecessary Stuff

5 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Stop Buying Unnecessary Stuff

Have you ever spent countless hours in stores, shopping or traveling from store to store to find a specific item, only to end up spending way too much money on things you really didn’t need in the first place? Then, you try to hide your purchases or rationalize them to your spouse. Next, you try to return your purchases, learning that some stores only offer store credit which prevented the purpose of the return.

Yes, we have all fallen victim to our own insatiable appetites for things that are really quite unnecessary but at the moment seem like such a necessity. Below are 5 amazing things that will happen when you stop buying unnecessary stuff.

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1. You’ll witness better relationships in your life

There are quite a few things that will contribute to having better relationships in your life. Less stress, fewer arguments, more time to spend with family and friends, will all contribute to better relationships in your life when you stop purchasing unnecessary stuff.

Imagine the thrill of having more date nights with your spouse, more outings with your family and friends, less stress and arguments about debt or bills piling up. Sometimes the best ways to save is to cut back on spending. You may not always have the luxury of overtime, so cutting back on certain expenses can definitely help.

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2. You’ll have more money to save

It is a wonderful feeling to be secure and have a sense of relaxation and relief about your finances. However, having better control over your finances is a process. The goal is to keep your spending habits in control, in order to have more money to save. You may be wondering, why should you save when money is made to spend. Saving money will allow you to reach the goals you want in life and leave room in case emergencies come up unexpectedly. Examples of emergencies may consist of unexpected vehicle repairs, injuries or illnesses that require medical treatment, or a job loss.

3. You’ll have more money to invest

Yes, I indeed said invest! Okay, so you may not be quite ready to invest in stocks, bonds, or even mutual funds; however, you have other investment options such as your education, a business, or real estate (purchase of a townhouse, condo or home). Investing in yourself sometimes can be the best investment you could ever make. Investing in your education doesn’t have to include higher levels of education like Associates degrees, Bachelors, Masters, or PHds so don’t feel bad if you don’t possess this. You can also invest in your education by attending seminars, workshops, reading books, and participating in webinars. Investing in a business could be as simple as turning your hobby into a small business.

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4. You’ll become more appreciative

When you stop buying unnecessary stuff you will learn to become more appreciative for things that don’t require money. Happiness doesn’t revolve around material possessions. There are so many wonderful things in life that are free. What about the beach? Have a family picnic at the beach or your local park. There is plenty of fresh air, as well as room to run around and play games like a scavenger hunt. These activities could really build your family relationship and you don’t have to purchase anything. You could have a list of different things to find, like certain sizes or shapes of seashells or whatever interests you. Then, as a family, you can take a picture with your seashells or items at the beach or park. When you get home you can write your names on the inside of the shell you found and write the date and write “family outing at the beach”. You can save it as a souvenir.

5. You’ll feel better about yourself

When you stop buying unnecessary things you will start to feel better about yourself. You will see life and yourself in a whole new light. You will no longer be chained by the temptation of unnecessary spending. You will feel less stressed because you no longer have to work so hard (double shifts and overtime) to make up for all the things you purchased that you didn’t need. You will no longer have to conceal your poor spending habits and risk jeopardizing your relationships. I have observed so many people borrow from one person to pay another and just end up ruining relationships – as well as ending up with so much debt.

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Conclusion

Our society targets us to spend. It’s just how the economy operates. However, you don’t have to fall victim to buying unnecessary items. Yes, you need a car to commute, but you don’t need an expensive luxury car for that. Yes, you need food to eat, but you don’t need honey buns or caviar to survive. Yes, you need clothes to wear but you don’t need expensive name brand clothing (including purses, ladies) that can cost as much as a car note or down-payment on a house. Some items we think we need are really just items to impress others, which is not important.

Featured photo credit: Family on the Beach/Visit St. Pete/Clearwater via imcreator.com

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Last Updated on November 18, 2020

15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

It’s okay, you can finally admit it. It’s been two months since you’ve seen the inside of the gym. Getting sick, family crisis, overtime at work and school papers that needed to get finished all kept you for exercising. Now, the question is: how do you start again?
Once you have an exercise habit, it becomes automatic. You just go to the gym, there is no force involved. But after a month, two months or possibly a year off, it can be hard to get started again. Here are some tips to climb back on that treadmill after you’ve fallen off.

  1. Don’t Break the Habit – The easiest way to keep things going is simply not to stop. Avoid long breaks in exercising or rebuilding the habit will take some effort. This may be advice a little too late for some people. But if you have an exercise habit going, don’t drop it at the first sign of trouble.
  2. Reward Showing Up – Woody Allen once said that, “Half of life is showing up.” I’d argue that 90% of making a habit is just making the effort to get there. You can worry about your weight, amount of laps you run or the amount you can bench press later.
  3. Commit for Thirty Days – Make a commitment to go every day (even just for 20 minutes) for one month. This will solidify the exercise habit. By making a commitment you also take pressure off yourself in the first weeks back of deciding whether to go.
  4. Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you. Many large fitness centers will offer a range of programs that can suit your tastes.
  5. Schedule During Quiet Hours – Don’t put exercise time in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put it. Lunch-hour workouts might be too easy to skip if work demands start mounting.
  6. Get a Buddy – Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
  7. X Your Calendar – One person I know has the habit of drawing a red “X” through any day on the calendar he goes to the gym. The benefit of this is it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym. Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself.
  8. Enjoyment Before Effort – After you finish any work out, ask yourself what parts you enjoyed and what parts you did not. As a rule, the enjoyable aspects of your workout will get done and the rest will be avoided. By focusing on how you can make workouts more enjoyable, you can make sure you want to keep going to the gym.
  9. Create a Ritual – Your workout routine should become so ingrained that it becomes a ritual. This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading out. If your workout times are completely random, it will be harder to benefit from the momentum of a ritual.
  10. Stress Relief – What do you do when your stressed? Chances are it isn’t running. But exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphin which will improve your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, try doing an exercise you enjoy. When stress relief is linked to exercise, it is easy to regain the habit even after a leave of absence.
  11. Measure Fitness – Weight isn’t always the best number to track. Increase in muscle can offset decreases in fat so the scale doesn’t change even if your body is. But fitness improvements are a great way to stay motivated. Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups or speed you can run can help you see that the exercise is making you stronger and faster.
  12. Habits First, Equipment Later – Fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit for exercise. Despite this, some people still believe that buying a thousand dollar machine will make up for their inactivity. It won’t. Start building the exercise habit first, only afterwards should you worry about having a personal gym.
  13. Isolate Your Weakness – If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.
  14. Start Small – Trying to run fifteen miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off after a brutal workout.
  15. Go for Yourself, Not to Impress – Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow.

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