Look around you. Look into your drawers. Make an estimation of all the unnecessary things that you have bought. I am sure that if you add them up, the amount of money that you’ve spent can help you to retire earlier by 2 to 5 years. That’s why it’s imperative that we discontinue such mindless spending behaviors.
The reason we continue to buy things that we don’t need is mainly to fill our inner void. These are holes that feel empty, and if we leave them empty, we will feel uncomfortable. We will feel a sense of emptiness. We feel hollow. We may even feel breathless.
But the moment we fill them up with the things we buy and consume, we immediately feel relieved. What do we buy? They can be unhealthy food like soft drinks and chocolate. They can be branded stuff like bags and shoes. Or they can even be really expensive things like cars and houses. Even smokers smoke to fill a void. These are unhealthy choices that we use to fill our void. They either make us poorer or more susceptible to diseases. And the fact is that they can only fill our voids for a short period time, and it will not be long before we start to look for other things to fill them up again.
But there are actually healthier alternatives. Alternatives such as working out, reading, learning new skills, volunteering, meditating, and spending quality time with your friends and family.
Give your money a purpose. If we don’t, we will tend to want to spend them on undeserving purchases. Start budgeting. Track your expenses. Put them into somewhere meaningful, like an investment.
It is very important to learn to fill your voids with alternatives. Remember, you don’t want to be one of those people that,
“buy things that they don’t need, with money that they don’t have, to impress the people that don’t care.”
Your money is your money and you should be the one controlling them, not the other way round.