Restraint, when practiced correctly, can be considered an admirable quality; whether such practice relates to diet, excercise, economics or indulgement. Proper budgeting and saving money often requires some degree of restraint in order to accomplish either, and the family that is able to utilize restraint will find success. Self restraint will go a long way toward resisting the urge to “buy on impulse”, as so many people do, even in some cases when they can least afford to.
However, impulsive buying or spending is the least desirable action a budgeting family or individual can afford given the requirement for strict adherence to the budget put in place to echieve an economic objective. Often, when people come into a certain amount of money, they have the tendency to rush out and instantly satisfy that irresistible urge to splurge on anything they lay their eyes on. This action is contrary to everything they should do and is a huge mistake.
Sometimes people fail to recognize the idea that the future has to be considered whenever spending and savings enter the picture. The cliché “nothing is constant” still rings true until today. The stuff people see now as “shiny objects” will fade and rust away later, leaving patience and self-control to make people realize and think about the many other more important things that requires them to practice restraint, especially money-wise. A person’s financial success begins with a conscious effort to control one’s expenditures and save up for the future.
Realizing the high correlation of restraint and saving money, the next question is, how do we start learning, and acquire this admirable quality, which seems so elusive? Well, there are many ways that people often take for granted. Here are some of the less complicated ones that are easier to follow. Learn them, and hope they grow on you. Try to apply these easy steps in your daily living and surely, they will play an important role in sending you on your way to financial stability and security.
- Do not purchase items on impulse. Consider thinking if you really need the item, or maybe you can still put it off for later when you really have the need for it.
- Identify the your needs from wants. You wouldn’t want to spend so much on something that you may regret doing so in the future.
- Look for a person who can serve as a role model for you and adapt a financial life similar to what he does. In this way, self-control will seem very easy when you see that others are actually doing it.