What is your definition of a need? Is it only the basic necessities, like food, a place to live, etc? Does yarn count as a necessity? I ordered yarn today to make something for one of my granddaughters. I feel guilty about it. I have a closet full of various types and colors of yarn. But I don't have the perfect yarn for this project.
In all honesty, she doesn't need what I want to make. She has lots of clothes. But she needs love. After all, isn't that what a hand knit gift is? It's a way of wrapping the recipient in love.....all nice and warm and cozy.
OK, I feel better now. I'm not going to feel guilty....it is definitely a NEED.
I have been trying to think about need vs want for most of the things I buy. It has definitely helped me cut down on spending. I don't buy books anymore. My daughter and a couple friends also have nook E-readers and some books can be loaned. So I borrow from them or the library. If I can't get it free I really don't need to read it. The only exception for me will be the next book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I will be waiting in line for that one!
I try to use this test whenever I want to buy something. Sometimes its hard to differentiate between a want and a need. Sometimes I rationalize, but its definitely cut down on my spending. The more I think about what I really need, the more I realize that I don't need much to make me happy.
Sick kitty update: Salem is almost completely recovered....except for the steroid shot he got making him think he is starving. I hope that wears off soon.
Til next time,