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January 29, 2008

working on feeling poor

Filed under: philosophical — Tags: , — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

a few penceThe other week, I wrote about my love of house magazines, and how I’m frittering away money on them.

Lots of you had some great suggestions to save me money – I’m going to look into a cheap subscription to my favourite magazine, and I’m already checking out more online resources.

Llama for brains had, amongst other things, this advice for me:

You need to work on your self aura of being poor. If you put your mindset into not having enough money then it helps not buying things.

This, is pretty true. When I was a student, I didn’t have very much money, and I didn’t buy as much stuff – I just assumed that I couldn’t afford it.

One of the problems I have now, is balancing that “aura of being poor” for the small stuff, against the “I can afford it if I want to” for the big stuff. Normally, I’m the wrong way round. I think that I can afford all the small things, but balk at paying for the big things, things that I could afford if I put my mind to it.

I don’t really want to feel poor from day to day. I know it might save me money, but I’m not sure it will make me happy. And I’d rather not be miserable. But on the other hand, I probably am cheating myself out of the big things by spending too much on the little things.
What does everyone else think? Am I just imagining that it will make me unhappy? Have you got any other suggestions?

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