If you want to get handle on your debt, you have to curb your spending. Unfortunately, we live in a society that encourages instant gratification.
You see something you want and you want it now! We’ve all experienced it. We wander through the mall with no intention of buying anything and we see a CD or piece of clothing we must have. We know if we buy it, our lives will be cooler, sexier, or more meaningful. So we buy it. Man, that felt good. And it should. Scientific evidence has shown that shopping gives us a small high.
Fast forward a few weeks. That must have CD or shirt doesn’t seem very necessary anymore. In fact, you feel guilty for spending money on stuff you don’t need. Instead of being a fun experience, shopping has become a burden on your psyche.
Revitalize Your Shopping Life
How can you save money and make shopping a fun uplifting experience again? Practice tantric shopping. This idea is based off of the Indian practice of tantric sex. The purpose of tantra is to delay sexual pleasure in order to intensify it. You can do the same thing with your shopping.
If you see something that you think you absolutely must have, hold back from buying it. Put the item on your “I will buy this in one month list.” If after one month you still think buying the item would be worth it, then get it. The waiting time will make acquiring the item much more pleasurable.
In addition to making shopping more enjoyable, tantric shopping will save you money in two ways.
- Usually after a month you realize you don’t really need the item, so you don’t spend the money.
- After a month, most stuff goes on sell. If you do decide to make the purchase, you’ll be doing so at a reduced price.
Quit the American way of shopping and embrace the Eastern idea of tantra shopping. Your shopping life and bank account will thank you.
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[tags]frugal, shopping, tantra[/tags]