Monday, July 6, 2009

Put it off for just one more day

Peanut told me a story he read about a guy whose grandfather had a “one more day” approach to major purchases. He drove an old beater car literally until it quit working because every night he’d say to himself, “Oh, well, it’ll last one more day.” It worked because he didn’t feel like he was stuck driving a junky car forever—just for one more day. And one day at a time, it stretched out until the car was really and truly no longer useful, probably saving him lots of money.

I’ve been turning this theory over in my mind for a few days and I really like it. Telling myself, “Oh, you can have it! But just wait one more day” doesn’t really feel like deprivation the way that “You shouldn’t buy that!” does.

2 comments:

  1. That also works for things you have yet to buy. I can wait one more day for new shoes, dinner out, a book...

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  2. I love it! I'm going to see if this will work for me too, for all kinds of things. Thanks for sharing!

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