Have you ever wanted to buy something really badly? Like maybe a car, a cool new phone, the newest electronic gadget, or that awesome (and expensive) pair of shoes? When you want something really badly you’ve got what I call “The Fever”. “The Fever” happens when you start becoming really focused or even obsessive about owning that particular thing that you desire so much.
Some people get “car fever” or ”house fever”; others may get “shoe fever”. As I’m writing this post I currently have “hiking boot fever”. My trusty Vasque Sundowners that I’ve had for 20 years finally bit the dust at the top of Mt. LeConte in the Smoky mountains, so it’s time for new ones.
I’ve been obsessively researching new boots on the web and pricing them to find the best deal. I really would like to have them before my next trip to the mountains coming up in a few days. Yes, call the doctor, get me some Amoxicillin, I’m feelin’ a bit feverish.
Have you ever had “The Fever?” Most of us have at one time or another. But let me ask you this; are you able to keep it under control? Are you only buying stuff you can afford (with cash) or will you buy that thing whether you can afford it or not, using credit as the quick and easy way to get it now?
So many people get deep into debt because they haven’t developed any self control and use whatever means necessary to get what they want, even if it has future consequences, like playing that losing game called debt. Getting into debt to get cool stuff or even just for normal everyday expenses, really has the effect of dragging you down financially. When you have to send in those monthly payments it stresses you and becomes a drag on your freedom and overall happiness.
Listen, there is nothing wrong with wanting or having cool stuff, but when getting that stuff becomes a drag on your happiness or is because of a lack of self control, you may want to re-evaluate how you spend your money. Get rid of the credit cards, stop taking out loans, save up and pay cash for what you want and you’ll find that what the Bible says is really true, “The blessings of God make one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it”
P.S. I haven’t bought any boots yet, but I have my eye on a really cool pair of Zamberlan 760 Steep GT’s. And you can bet I’ll be paying cash, because debt free hiking boots carry the load so much better.
Is your life easier because you bought something you wanted with cash?
Did you ever buy something on credit and regretted it later?
Leave a comment and tell me about it.