Imagine, it’s 2000. You bought a television. It looks like a plain, simple black box — it has a bit curved screen, a bulky back, accompanied by two antennas. It almost looked like a cash safe, except that the buttons are for channels and volume and not for the code combination. Then it’s 2010; you replaced that television with a new one.
This time, it is no longer as bulky, but since its width is twice more, it is still as heavy. A decade later, it’s 2020, and you bought the newest television model. That television is as if your 2000 television squeezed- extraordinarily thin, yet extraordinarily wide.
With this, you just had three generations of televisions, each a decade apart, having different technical specifications, features, and qualities, but all doing the same thing: a virtual transmission of visual images and motion pictures at the comfort of your home. But with this timeline, one question pops up: why do you need to get these three generations of televisions in the first place?
In essence, the answer lies in the purpose for which you bought the television. If you are after the technical specifications, such as the features (built-in Netflix, HBOGo, or YouTube applications) or the technical specifications (higher display resolution, better audio installation), perhaps your purchase of new television sets overtime is justified.
Maybe you are one of those tech-spec people who get their money’s worth in buying those TVs. On the other hand, if you bought those TVs out of whim or to jump into the trend, you might want to think of the way you spend your money. And your initial question should be: was it really worth it?
Prudence is the key
In a world of extremely unlimited wants and yet, of extremely limited resources, one has to exercise prudence in spending his or her hard-earned money. While buying stuff impulsively and spontaneously without due regard to its necessity could give one some sense of gratification, it is important to remember that such gratification shall linger only temporarily as it was motivated only by whim. In other words, there is no rational basis upon which such purchase may be justified.
This kind of attitude when it comes to spending has serious repercussions, most especially in the long-term. It suggests that whim and caprice could, from time to time, dictate one’s spending habits which may adversely affect his finances.
To resolve that kind of disposition, the value of prudent spending must be stressed, given importance, and actualized. In other words, wise spending is the key. You probably heard a lot of financial management advice, but you can’t commit to it because these budgeting tips are often easier said than done. There must be some control in the way one uses his credit card or pulls his wallet. There, that kind of prudence may only be achieved if the value of self-restraint will be practiced.
Taking care of what you Already Have
In the situation given above, let’s stop at the second television set. Imagine in the year 2020, instead of buying a new one; you still maintained that TV until it broke a few years later. What then will you do?
If you are the kind of person who is contented with what your TV can offer, you would have to call in for an appliance repair expert and have your TV repaired. Of course, you have to make sure that that handyman is skilled and well-experienced unless you want unappealing, weird results. Nonetheless, calling the handyman is the best remedy considering your type of personality.
In addition to having it repaired, it is also advisable that you ask for some maintenance tips from him. Of course, as a consequence of the ordinary wear and tear of your TV set, it will definitely deteriorate, sooner or later, in one form or another. Thus, it would be better if you would perform some tinkering over your TV to avoid malfunction, or at the very least, delay it, if it is inevitable.
So what do you get out of Taking care of your Things?
While taking good care of your things might seem like a mundane, trivial, and negligible task, it will definitely ensure that you will be getting your money’s worth out of what you spent on or even more than that. Hence, you will have the opportunity to spend your money on other things you may deem fit and proper. Consequently, you can experience more things in life if you know how to handle your expenses and possessions.