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Buying with Pleasure

April 23rd, 2006 at 04:53 pm

i decided not to buy the bangle. I figured I can only spend each dollar once, and when I haven't got so many, I need to get the maximum bang for a buck.

I can spend a dollar 3 ways.
I can buy something beautiful because I want it and get a good feeling.
I can buy something useful and meet a need.
If I'm really smart I can buy something that will increase my net worth and bring me the most benefit in the long run.
So I decided instead to stock up on energy saving light bulbs which are on special this week.

Generally, people seem to get most pleasure when they think they have free choice over wehther to buy something. They don't think of taking pleasure in bills they're obliged to pay. When I was in India things were extremely cheap for Westerners and I bought a lot of stuff. I wound up paying excess baggage and when I got back home I gave most of it away. (Come to think of it, my main reason for buying was to show off to my friends). But when i got back home, things I really appreciated were things like reliable electricity and hot water, safe roads, relatively noncorrupt officials, free hospital care and education for all. I don't mind paying things like phone bills and taxes now, because I appreciate the service I get for them. (Tho natch, I don't pay any more than I have to.)

3 Responses to “Buying with Pleasure”

  1. carol Says:

    very wise decision, a cooling off period on the bangle, and and even wiser decision on the energy saving light bulbs.

  2. katwoman Says:

    I can totally relate to not buying stuff while on vacation. Now, if friends go on vaca I get angry with them if they buy me stuff! That they had a great time is more than enough for me.

  3. Champion Cheapskate Says:

    I see keeping up with the Joneses is no longer important. SOunds good to me Smile

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