Now that I’ve gone into this journey of becoming debt-free with verve and gusto, I’ve come to look at life a little differently now.
Before when I would see something that I would like to own (and covet and worship in the deep dark nights of Saturnalia) I would think something along the lines of “How long till I can afford that?” Now my thinking goes “How much more will I have to spend a week to own that?”
Take cars for example. I’m a semi-petrol head, which means I like my cars fast, but don’t ask me what a carburetor does cause I will only lie to you. So I had me a Proton Satria GTi back in the day before I moved to the islands. It was a piece of crap, the radio wouldn’t work, the driver’s side window needed an assist to roll up all the way, the headlights would switch off suddenly, the brakelights would come on intermittently without me stepping on the brakes. But it did go fast. I miss it terribly.
Now when I think of cars, I think, well registration is going to cost x amount, then there’s fuel, and maintenance, not to mention the initial outlay of actually buying the damn thing. Basically I’m going to have to quadruple my weekly transport costs in order to cover all that. Can I afford it? Yes. Will it hinder my debt paying off super powers? Yes. Do I still want to buy a car. Ummm… not really no.
Same went the way of the PS3. “I’m going to have to buy a HDTV so the blurays will actually look like they should. Wait, first I have to replace all my DVD’s with blurays. Then there are the games, oh then the new sound system…Oh heyyylllll no!”
That being said I still whimper whenever I see a new game come out on PS3 or see an Mitsubishi Evo or a BMW M3 cruise on by. All these things would be nice to have, and yes one day I’m going to have them.
Just not today.