When my old boss was saving to buy a new house, she decided to keep a running list of all the things she wanted to buy but didn’t. Each day, she totalled how much she had “saved” as a morale booster. These are the things I’ve been jonesing for, but have not bought for the sake of our Total Money Makeover.
- Trip to New York over Spring Break – $1,500
- Adorable dresser from IKEA – $300
- Bed and headboard from IKEA – $800
- Window treatments for my living room, basement, kitchen, and bedroom – approx. $320
- Dyson vacuum – $550
- iPad – $500
- MacBookPro – $1200
- Vizio TV with apps – $2,200
- Honda Civic Hybrid – $24,000
- A mustang for Dexter – $23,000
In our culture, lots of people would have gone out and charged most of these things. I’m thankful to have had parents who made sure I knew how dangerous credit cards can be. So, for my morale booster today, I’ve saved $54,370 (+ tax and interest)!
Maybe it’s silly to think I would have bought all of these things. However, with the exception of the cars, I’ve thought to myself on more than one occasion, “It would be so useful. I should just get it before I think better of it.”