On Saturday, I listened to a very interesting discussion, Kids and money: Have you had the talk?, on the American Public Media program, Marketplace. It started out by asking why it’s impolite, almost rude, to talk about money (e.g, “Are you rich?”).
Then the program segued to a mom (a financial expert) and her 13 year old daughter who shared how they talk about money. During the conversation, they told the story of the daughter’s desire to buy something at a flea market. Her mom told her to continue walking through the flea market for 30 minutes, and if she decided she still wanted “that thing,” she could buy it.
This is a great concept that can be applied to almost any shopping experience. So, the next time you’re out with the intent to buy something, walk around for 30 minutes before making a quick purchase to see if you really LOVE “that thing” enough to bring it home. Remember, less shopping often times = less clutter.
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