If it's a need, buy; if it's a want, consider carefully the cost-benefit balance before purchasing. Unless we absolutely have to, sticking to needs only can be like too restrictive a diet and we may end up in a buying binge. But using discretion and an extra second to make a wise choice is good.
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Asking myself when I find I am wanting to eat whether it is because I am truly hungry or is it because I am bored, worried, tired, or just because! Then if I drink a big glass of water before I give in, I find most of the time, it wasn't because I was truly hungry just a habit of always looking to food to solve whatever problem I am dealing with. Food is not the answer but it is not always easy to realize that it won't solve whatever is bothering me (it usually makes it worse!).
My final step is to take a moment and say a little prayer that I will use the food to nourish my body and let God nourish my soul and take care of my problems. By taking care of my body, it will in turn take care of me.
I love a bargain, but when i look around the house and in my closet, I don't really need anything. I am striving this year to buy only necessities. I sill fight the urge to buy something because it is a great bargain, but i ask myself " do i really need it"?
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