Want vs. Need

Thanks to my newest purchase, I’ve really focused on money more than I ever have before. I’ve been putting each cost under a microscope, trying to figure out if it’s something I really need to be buying.

I was super proud of myself this past week, I spent under $30 on groceries and still managed to live. The 21 Day Fix also has me on such a structured meal plan that I have a lot of excuses not to buy drinks at the bar, or split an appetizer with friends, meaning I’m saving money there, too. I was feeling pretty good.

But now some things aren’t so easy to justify, and I’ve had trouble sorting these purchases between “want” and “need.” Groceries? Need. Planner? Want. New workout clothes? Wannneed? I don’t know. Then, of course, there’s all the things I want that have crazy price tags. Budgeting at it’s finest, I suppose.

So, now I’m in this small battle of “want v. need” everyday, and figuring out what deserves my money or not. Namely trips, technology, new clothes, and decorations for my walls. I keep forgetting that my monthly income is not going to magically increase, and I can’t just stop at the store to pick up some more cash. I have what I have, and that’s it.

Right now, I feel like I’m in a deep ocean, with my face just barely sticking out of the water. But, that’s the life of a 20 something, skimming by, even with good choices. I’ve just about figured it out.

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