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When we have the resources to consume, spending them becomes a mindless task. We see  something we like, we get it despite knowing we won’t be liking it anymore after a few days.

With all the expensive products companies convince us we need, and society requires from us to be consisered respectable, it’s not hard to see why most people are willing to spend money they worked hard for so foolishly.

Majority of us are eager to spend hundred of bucks on products with labels we’re not even sure how to pronounce just to be regarded of status by other people. Is this how we intend to live our lives? Depleting our bank accounts just so we can maintain an image and impress people we don’t even like? If you answered no, then please keep reading, because today, we at Dangling Mouse painstakingly put together 3 spending techniques we hope will help our readers spend more wisely.

1. Sleep it off, give it a few days

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Okay. So you’ve been to the mall and you saw this awesome, magnificent product which happens to be on 50% SALE and you feel like you need it in your life for it to be complete. First, you have to calm those nerves down. Next, put your hands in your pocket, don’t open your bag and don’t reach for your wallet. Then, turn around and walk away. Yes. Walk away. Now, I want you to spend your day normally, go about your daily activities like you usually do. Before you go to bed though, count how many times you thought of the item. The following day, do the same thing. If after a day or two and you haven’t thought of it that much, it means you can go on with your life without it. However, if you’re constantly thinking about the item and it’s already interfering with your daily activities, then maybe you should really get it. But not until you slept it off and gave it a few days.

PS. Go easy on your shopping, okay?

2. Ask yourself before buying

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“Will this expensive item be on my used list or favorite list several months after its purchase?”

“Where can I wear this gorgeous 10 grand back-less red gown that is on 60% off? Will I at least use it once this year to some grandiose event that I am invited to?”

Whatever item you’re currently lusting over, may it be a shoe, a bag, a jewelry, a phone, or a knick-knack you don’t even understand what for, I need you to pause for a moment and ask yourself if they will be worth the heavy price tag. Or even if they’re not pricey, as long as you don’t need them or won’t be using them, you have to put it back the shelf, honey. And yes, even that 80% off flashing sign won’t make us change our minds. So be obedient and put it back.

3. Spend earnings on experience

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It’s cliche, we know. And we might sound like know-it-alls but this is the wisest piece of advice ever. So we want to share it to our readers.

These days were so absorbed in searching for the next big thing and following new trends just to feel like we belong. We are constantly buying expensive gadgets just to replace them a couple months later for the latest one. Contentment is something many of us have long abandoned and swapped with the desire to stay ahead or at least at par with everyone. Many aren’t happy about how they live their lives, so why do we maintain this kind of lifestyle? We really don’t know. But what we do know is that this lifestyle is tiring and will not keep us satisfied for years, unlike memories and experiences. Because these treasures are something which value almost never depreciate, instead they become more precious as time goes by. That’s exactly why we encourage our readers to spend their money on experiences rather than on overpriced products which value decreases faster than you can pay the bank.

Next time you get your paycheck, we recommend you stash it somewhere safe,  keep earning some more while you plan for an out-of-town roadtrip with your friends, or maybe a trip abroad alone. Whatever may it be, just keep in mind that it doesn’t really matter where you’re going or who you’re going with, what matters is how you make the most out of the experience – how you choose to live, embrace and share the moment.

That’s all for now, Danglers. We hope you’re able to get something from this article and we wish to hear from you. Let us know what you think by commenting below. Have a great weekend and happy spending! 😉

Rozzette Anne Reyes

Rozzette Anne Reyes is a graduate of University of the Assumption with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. You can find her online, sharing funny cat videos or tweeting about her writing progress. You can follow her on Twitter at @noitszette and on Instagram at @roanrey.

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