Wants vs. Needs
I hate my fridge. It’s like pretty much the worst fridge ever.
|It looks like an old Soviet-style apartment|
It was also free. And it works. But I don’t love it, and I wish it would magically disappear because then it would give me an excuse to get a new one.
That’s the rub, isn’t it? We always want something better, shinier, or new, even when we may not necessarily need it.
In my mind, if I had a new fridge, meal prep would be easier. Right now, it’s a horrible game of Tetris to get anything in this dumb appliance. Things get lost so easily, and nothing fits properly.
The fridge I lust after is a French door stainless steel Kenmore beauty from Sears. It is energy efficient, has tons of space for keeping produce fresh, and I don’t have to take 429 things out first in order to get to the applesauce.
It also costs $1,600.
So that’s that. The old fridge stays. And I make it work. And I curse at it daily, and plan for it’s demise. We all have to make big choices in life, and spending $1,600 on Jack’s tonsil surgery wins out over a new fridge any day.
Delaying the purchase of something you merely want, allows you to:
1) bulk up your emergency fund. I’ve tried to convince myself that a new fridge is an emergency. Sadly, it’s not.
2) Stay out of consumer debt
3) Save for a house
4) Pay medical bills (grrrrr)
5) Pay down debt
6) Throw extra payments at your car or mortgage debt
I’m not dropping any bombs here – everyone knows that replacing something that works with something better isn’t the smartest financial decision you could make.
However, the actual intent of my post isn’t a financial lecture. I wanted to give YOU a chance to confess your own improbable, impractical, and ridiculous monetary desires. Let’s get crazy! Flame free confession time!