It can be difficult, but very worthwhile, to try and differentiate between things that we have to have (meaning that we can’t live without) and things that are good to have (meaning that we can live without them).
It is difficult because it sometimes seems like that we have to have everything and that there isn’t really anything that we could spare. It is worthwhile, though, because there is actually a lot that we could live without, and those same things, could save us quite a lot of money.
Today we finally got our car back after it spent the last 3 days being fixed at the garage. Do I have to tell you that it wasn’t cheap?! Since we both work from home, it has been discussed more than once lately, whether or not we could live without it. While we are both quite sure that we could, we also know that it would make life more complicated. And that means, that for us, the car is something that is good to have but not a have to have!
I am quite sure that we all have much more of what is good to have than what we have to have, as there is probably not a lot of things that we couldn’t really live without – if we really had to! And don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that we should only live with what is absolutely necessary, because that would be really boring, right?
What I am saying is that, when purchasing something new, I think it would be worthwhile to stop and think for a second; is this something that I have to have or is it something that is good to have? If it is the first than no problem, buy it. If it is the second, then a second thought would be good – since I don’t have to have it, then how much do I really want it, need it, have use for it, etc.
That way we could probably save a lot of time, regret and most importantly, money!