Fight Greed

Sometimes I come across a blog post that speaks to me so perfectly that I simply want to share it. It’s usually something I think you, my client, will absolutely relate to as well.

  • I could recreate it…
  • I could add a different spin so it’s a Fiscal-Fitness-original…
  • Or I could give credit where credit is due- in this case Ginna from My Pretty Pennies.

In this case, I don’t want to change a thing about this post. It’s real, it’s true, it hits home, and I couldn’t say it any better if I tried.

My Pretty Pennies

She talks about walking through Target or a thrift store and having the following thoughts (Just how many can you relate to right???):

  • If I don’t buy this RIGHT NOW, it will be gone forever!!!
  • This whole aisle is 90% off. When in the world do you ever find a gorgeous picture frame for NINETY PERCENT OFF?
  • Yesterday I wore a shirt that I’ve had in my closet since high school. HIGH SCHOOL. I need new clothes!
  • I desperately need new workout clothes. And these are on sale!
  • I can think of a dozen ways to use this tray. Two dozen ways!
  • Who cares if it’s 40-degrees outside, I gotta buy these shorts.
  • Those antique paintings would look great on my gallery wall. If I don’t buy them now, someone is going to come in here next week and buy them. My paintings! Someone is going to come in here next week and steal my stuff!

Her strategy for overcoming these vicious and degrading (IMO) thoughts is with what she calls “a good batch of truth.”

  • Truth: Target has been making cute stuff since the beginning of its time. Why in the world will it stop now? If you miss out on this seasons’ home decor, it’s okay. Next spring will probably be cuter.
  • Truth: Buying just to buy feels good in the moment, but it doesn’t satisfy.
  • Truth: Impulse-buying clothes is the reason you aren’t satisfied with your closet. Make a list of clothes you need, and stick to the list.
  • Truth: Yep, you do need new workout clothes. But you can wait.
  • Truth: If you miss out on a deal, there will be other ones that come your way.
  • Truth: Do you really need another picture frame? You do not.
  • Truth: The reason you can still wear that shirt from high school is because it is a high-quality basic that can transcend trends. You need to buy more of those.
  • Truth: Your house is lovely just the way it is, and people don’t think about what you wear as much as you think they do.
  • Truth: To much is given, much is required. Isn’t there someone else who could benefit from the money you would spend on these things? Use this time dwelling on how to bless others, not what you are missing out on.
  • Truth: It is possible to be content with what you have right now. You just have to make the choice to look around and give thanks with what you have.

So simple yet so powerful.

Kudos to Ginna!