Instant GratificationPosted: February 15, 2012
As can be seen from my previous post, I’m pretty big into instant gratification. “You mean to tell me that I can have this awesome stuff now and I don’t have to pay until later? Sure, here’s the card to use today!” And I’d just wrack up more debt because I couldn’t wait a week or month or however long to have my purchase. I’m sad to say that was my way of life. I don’t know if it is because I’m older (and hopefully wiser) but I’m much more inclined to wait to get what I want.
For instance, as of right now I have $150 that is my personal money. I’ve been kicking around buying a camera for some upcoming events but I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy one. And my guy’s mom has offered the use of hers when my guy and I go on our honeymoon. Now in my old life, I’d have bought the camera and been done with it. This time I’m waiting. I might buy a camera or I might just accept the use of hers while I’m gone. And I’m good with waiting—it helps me save more money in case I need it and also really makes me think on whether or not I want (need) that camera.
And then I was really proud of myself tonight. I really wanted some delicious chocolate and I went to Wal-Mart to scope out prices—even after I told myself I would wait until it went on sale. I walked all the way to the aisle and looked at all the yummy boxes. And I walked out empty handed. I’ll take a look at it tomorrow and see if I want any. But I wouldn’t have walked out of the store empty handed a year ago. So that is a step in the right direction.
Part of the reason I like waiting to get what I want is it makes me a) think about the purchase and b) appreciate it a lot more. After all if I had to scrimp and save to get the camera or new book or new movie or whatever, then I know all the effort it took for me to get that purchase. I enjoy it even more and value it because m y hard work went into it. So no more instant gratification (in most aspects of my life anyways) anymore!