Over the last few years, I have learned many things – you probably have too! As I grow older each year, I find myself more content with where I am at in terms of my life…
I have a wonderful husband, 4 amazing kids and am lucky enough to have the opportunity to have another in just a few more months. I have learned how to cut back our budget in many ways aside from coupons, learned to live on less, eat better (without sacrificing our health through poor coupon choices), and found that my personal time is far greater than any amount of money could ever be.
I have also learned four very important words that I could repeat to myself multiple times a day, and hopefully give my children the opportunity to hear every so often, too. In fact, they MAY hear me say these words already.
These are the 4 most powerful words you can probably tell yourself in your quest to improve your finances, pay your debts, and gain control of your financial life.
Those four words are relatively simple ~ Anyone can buy that.
You can learn to repeat those words in many situations… here are a few.
- When you get behind a HUGE lifted truck with ridiculous tires, a roll bar and fog lights that you know must have cost a fortune (especially when your son says “MOM! Why can’t WE have that truck?!?!)
- When your girlfriends at work are rocking their NEW Coach purse
- When you stop by to visit a friend who has a HUGE house that’s impeccably decorated
- When your coworker mentions that they just bought a house, shopped Black Friday AND filled that house with brand new furniture all in the same week
- When your Facebook friend posts pictures of their huge family trip to Cabo where they wined and dined on only the best
- When your friend tells you they just bought a HUGE plasma television and went to Disney.. all in a 2 week period.
The moral of the story is that … it really doesn’t matter who they are or how they paid, it all rolls down to the same 4 words: Anyone can buy that.
And that is very difficult for some people to understand. What you DON’T see is that anyone CAN also save too – but that’s not as desirable, right?
If you find yourself being jealous over someone else’s things, or experiences, just remember those four words. Anyone really CAN buy that… in fact, you can probably even have a boat if you wanted to. A new car, or even a new minivan – you’ll probably have to pinch some pennies…. take on extra hours at work or even sacrifice some time with your kids, or even put your retirement OR kids college fund on hold -but who sees that part?
Anyone can pick up a loan, and anyone can walk into Best Buy and throw down an application for a new Credit Card to walk out with everything from a new MacBook Pro to a 50+ inch Plasma.
Every time you can repeat those four words, you learn to be content with the things you have. Suddenly, you realize that you are not a slave to your job. You don’t have to keep pushing back your goals because “things” got in the way. Once you can buckle down your focus, pay off your debt, and focus on saving, you can do whatever you WANT to do.
All those other things are nice, but having that power to do what you want to do far exceeds anything else.